Cast & Crew
Dominique "Dom" DiPierro
Sam Esmail and company have constructed a well-oiled mind-fuck, to the point where we trust nothing we see, nothing we're told, and nothing we could guess.
Cue a six-day jag with no sleep - but also, to his delight, no Mr. Robot. Everything is hilarious! The sky is so blue! Elliot is in control! We don't think Rami Malek blinks even once during this sequence.
The acknowledgement of helplessness in the face of the yawning void of meaning that constitutes reality is a key element of "k3rnel-pan1c.ksd," What's fascinating is that it mirrors Elliot's journey from season one, only in reverse form.
[A]n exciting, declarative hour of Mr. Robot, an epic declaration of the show's grander thematic ambitions, shining through the prism of the show's wonderfully evocative direction and terrific performances.
Finally getting the plot of the show back on the sure track. The track that made the first season so great.
Elliot wastes no time showing Mr. Robot exactly who's in charge of this body.
Overall, "eps2.1_k3rnel-pan1c.ksd" solidifies the new era of the series. I'm equal parts nervous and excited, so keep it comin', Mr. Robot. You'll most definitely be on the winning side of the war.
More so than the premiere, this episode really focused on Elliot, and while he might not be immediately headed back to fsociety, it's clear he's back on that path.
Last week, Elliot asked us what happens when the mask becomes part of you. This week we get a hint: the line between Elliot and Mr. Robot begins to blur to a point of complete fluidity.
Coming off of the two-hour premiere's somewhat indulgent pacing, Episode 3 managed to be both beautifully crafted, at-times haunting/disturbing and yet also plot-stirring - right down to the final "light bulb" moment.