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A grim hour effectively sets up the back end for season three of Mr. Robot.
The lesson, as usual on this show, is that control is an illusion, a mirage that lasts precisely as long as the world's true masters allow it to.
This is an episode that, much like last week's, interrogates not only our understanding of what is happening with the Dark Army and Elliot's revolution, but also the characters' understanding of their role within it all.
"Fredrick+Tanya.chk" examines each of our protagonists in turn, shows them the situation, and makes them regret their role in the world, following all their choices that led them to this dark place.
While these episodes of Mr. Robot are oftentimes mere plot-delivery systems, carrying the unfortunate burden of tying narrative threads together and establishing the next part of the macro story, this one is decidedly different.
You know what? I'm not even shying away from it anymore. Mr. Robot has the best opening scenes in tv history.
It was an hour of moving the chess pieces around the board and getting things into position, after the far more focused and abstract past several installments.
Usually surefooted even when traveling the most treacherous and tricky narrative paths, Mr. Robot's storytelling seems to have stumbled the second it got past the finish line.
It helps of course, that as Mr. Robot sets up its presumable Everyone v. the Dark Army end game, it remains as devastatingly stylish as usual.
In a way, the hour's almost too grim, in that it's such a rout for the Dark Army, with several episodes to go in the season, that things seem to have no choice but to look up for the more well-meaning characters like Elliot and Dom.
I'm kind of at a loss as to what to expect from the final run of episodes this season, as many of these last few episodes easily could have functioned as a season finale as it is.
There were so many plot twists and turns and I'm am amazed at how petty Whiterose is as a villain. This show from one week to the next still manages to surprise me at every turn.