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The season premiere continues to tie Mr. Robot to the American zeitgeist, offering a visually-stunning introduction to the new darkness ahead.
The one thing that you can't take away from Mr. Robot is its Zeitgeist-capturing tone, a borderline-prescient belief that the alienation and despair that afflict its protagonist will soon come to dominate the world.
Could Mr. Robot get far enough out of its own head to recapture some of the fun that made its first season so intoxicating? Based on Wednesday's Season 3 premiere, the answer seems to be a qualified yes.
It's a call-to-action in more ways than one, reminding us to keep the powers in check, and refuse to have the wool be pulled over us.
There's an essential problem facing Mr. Robot, a very dark show about a very dark world: it takes place in 2015, which means its fictional timeline is always competing with the mind-bogglingly grim reality in which it's airing.
The mother-tongue of romantic cynicism, which is the common lingo of the learned in the twenty-teens, is still spoken on Mr. Robot. Bit by bit. The final form of the compiled program is anyone's guess.
This gorgeous and great season opener placed our hero on a new path while also terrifically teasing some time travel elements that may or may not come to pass.
This was an extremely strong season opener and set up the upcoming season brilliantly. On a purely visual basis, "Power Saver Mode" was stunning.
The show also excels when it is giving its non-Elliot characters plenty to do.
This episode was one hell of a wild ride.
Both character and show are in a more promising place when we return to them. Mr. Robot may never again be as shiny and sleek as it was in its debut, but it's become easier to focus on the many things it does so very well.
Mr. Robot is truly a show like no other, and fans wouldn't have it any other way.
Bam! Just like that, the power snaps back on.