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The penultimate episode of season three takes narrative risks and fractures character focuses, to laudable but mixed results.
While the actions and decisions that led to these encounters made sense from a character standpoint, only a few of them were very satisfying.
Splitting the episode up in this way offers some interesting parallels. We watch as both Elliot and Mr. Robot look for different ways to expose the Dark Army and get back at them.
It's already been pointed out how "stage3.torrent" is chockablock with irony, but it's there on a metatextual level, as well.
"eps3.8_stage3.torrent," the penultimate episode of Mr. Robot's third season, has some good ideas, but mostly amounts to an ungainly mess. It's essentially a table-setting episode that's designed to position the characters on the proverbial chessboard.
The penultimate episode of season 3 is the weakest thus far. The show returns to its often frustratingly glacial pace, with characters failing to learn from their mistakes or change their tactics.
It's right there in the title for the penultimate episode of the show's third season, a bit of pseudo-codespeak that reads "eps3.8_stage3.torrent": Mr. Robot has moved on to Stage 3. Apparently, that stage involves a lot of smooching.
It's all about Grantrose.
Until then, lots to savor. I'm halfway tempted to re-watch the entire season to date again, I've liked it so much.
It's all coming together! Like a lot of penultimate episodes, this week was mostly about putting pieces on the board for next week's finale.
"Stage 3" is the second "necessary" episode of Mr. Robot in as many weeks.
Three seasons in, I've yet to encounter an episode of Mr. Robot that can truly be considered "bad," but Mr. Robot Season 3 Episode 9 was about as underwhelming as the show can get.
When we get piece-mover hours where everyone's dancing to a tune that only Whiterose can hear, though, it can be frustrating, and my interest will wane quickly. "Stage 3" mostly avoids that problem.