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The season finale of Mr. Robot is loaded with reveals, revelations and, in some sense, a return to the status quo.
The frenetic Season 3 finale of Mr. Robot was thick with reveals, reversals and reconciliations, and left no tone unturned as it cycled through suspense and tragedy, high melodrama and horror spectacle.
More than any previous episode, the season finale explores the various pitfalls and triumphs that comes with being part of a family unit, whether you define that as being linked by blood or not.
For all the theorizing, all the reddit threads delving into the significance of a restaurant menu or character name, all the political philosophizing and rabbit holes of mystery, this is a show about the need for human relationships above all else.
Pulse-pounding action, stellar performances, and genuine pathos mark a fantastic finale that perfectly wraps up a great season of Mr. Robot, and sets the stage for major events to come.
Despite one last allusion to Back to the Future ... it's striking that either still believes in clean resolutions.
What the finale does so well is manage its ability to undo large pieces of the show's story without having the whole thing unravel or come crashing down.
"Shutdown" was such an exciting, satisfying, and well-executed finale that I hardly know how I'll wait the many months until Mr. Robot's return for its recently-ordered Season 4.
Instead, it's a claimant for the most disappointing episode in the history of the show, a profound narrative miscalculation that sees the show retrench rather than create new possibilities, yet also denies the basic sense of completion and catharsis.
I was deeply engaged by a lot of it, thanks to the more confident and open storytelling, and thanks to that guy in the hoodie.
As for this season, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and thought it was a definite step up from the last one.
The fact that season 3 saw the return of a status quo as a dramatically viable path and then proved it is remarkable.
"shutdown -r" certainly followed many of the rules of an endgame given all the "back to the start" twists it brought into play, but it also worked as the jumping off point for a fourth season adventure.