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A searing look at corporate greed and banality, with dazzling editing, makes for one of the strongest episodes of the season.
However technically impressive, attention-grabbing methods are often just that: empty posturing that twists a story into more and more unnecessarily complex knots for the sake of an arbitrary stylistic decision that may not pay off in the end.
TV is a visual medium, and its best works use its elements to convey a story's visceral and emotional undertow as well as its narrative details. Exceptional ones, like this week's "Mr. Robot," make you reconsider the limits of the art form.
The first 10 minutes or so of the episode build to this moment of recognition, and it's truly stirring
It's the best episode of the season so far. And it would be even better if it weren't edited to look like one long continuous shot.
One of the things that makes the premise of Mr. Robot so entertaining is how it preys upon our desire for order and our suspicion of authority. Like The X-Files before it, there's always a conspiracy behind every act.
This episode felt a bit slow, serving more to highlight characters' motivations than to progress the plot. Mr. Robot has a tendency to eschew narrative momentum in favor of character development.
Our episode took a perfected single-camera-shot approach to multiply the intensity of the E Corp protest turned riot and I'm baffled at how well executed every single scene was.
Take away all the hacking and window-smashing and whatnot and you're still left with one of the series' most vivid depictions of the dislocating, almost dissociative effect of corporate office architecture and behavior.
For my money, "eps3.4_runtime-err0r.r00" is one of the best TV episodes of the year -- and maybe the only one that accurately captures the freewheeling chaos that is being alive in 2017.
The fifth episode featured an awe-inspiring sequence which looked to be shot in one continuous take, even if some computer trickery might have been used in key places.
This wouldn't be Mr. Robot without a twist, but for once the series chooses not to dwell on the details.
It takes the slick style of every episode of Mr. Robot - even the mediocre ones - and twists it into an automatic rifle of pure plot, style, and action and just fires round after round in every direction for 45 minutes.