Speculation about Mr. Robot

Mr. Robot

Yes, yes, I’ll get back to old romance novel recaps eventually. Promise. ANYWAY.

I’m a huge fan of Rami Malek and have been for about ten years now, when Night at the Museum came out and I got my first glimpse of those impossibly huge blue eyes. For years, I’ve tried to convince everyone around me of what a brilliant actor he is and how they absolutely need to watch him in The Pacific and omg you guys he is so good.

Finally, the world has listened to me. (Rami’s talent and his agent probably helped, too.) Mr. Robot is out there and people are rightfully excited about it and yay. The show is up to three episodes now, but it feels like it’s been going on for a lot longer as the story just sucks you in deeper. If you haven’t seen it yet, the entire series is available online to watch. Elliot is a cyber-security engineer, who also hacks for vigilante justice in his free time. He ends up getting sucked into an anarchist cell intent on basically destroying capitalism as we know it. It’s so much better than I can make it sound, so go watch it now and see what I mean.

Spoilers below!

Assuming you have watched it, there’s a lot of discussion popping up about the show now. I thought I’d speculate on a couple of the possible plot holes/mysteries others have been pointing out.

Why is Elliot getting therapy for hacking, instead of having the book thrown at him?

We don’t know all of the details of the crime he was caught for yet, but what we do know is that Elliot has hallucinations. He sees men in black following him, isn’t always entirely sure what’s real and what isn’t, and is clearly a very paranoid, socially detached person. The viewer seems to be an imaginary person he’s explaining everything to. His psychologist Krista (played by Gloria Reuben) talks about him no longer “yelling like before” and refers to his delusions and the medication he’s supposed to be on. Very, very occasionally, someone who is ill gets help instead of prison time. It’s possible that’s what happened with Elliot, as difficult as it can be to swallow. Or there may be more to the story for us to learn yet. Remember: the people on the show aren’t actually saying “Evil Corp”. That’s just what Elliot hears. For all we know, he was never actually charged for anything and has constructed a delusional justification for his therapy.

How can Elliot hate being touched and yet have a sexual relationship with Shayla?

Dude. Duuuuuude. I’m really surprised how many times I’ve seen variations of this one pop up. People who are on the autism spectrum or suffer social anxiety or any number of other reasons for being uncomfortable with hugs and handshakes often have a history of sexual and/or romantic relationships. Just as a neurotypical person is going to be okay having certain kinds of physical contact with some people under some circumstances and not okay in others, so are the neurodiverse. Elliot is an attractive man who’s really sweet to Shayla, opening up around her more than he does in most other situations. That they care about one another and find ways to express that isn’t that surprising.

Isn’t fsociety worried about the Men In Black following Elliot? Couldn’t they follow him to their secret hideout?

Some men in black (the ones that came from Evil Corp to recruit Elliot) are real, but it’s been made very clear that the vast majority of the time they aren’t. This is part of what makes everything so terrifying and confusing for Elliot. He keeps doubting whether or not things are real. In a way, it might have been a relief for him to have Darlene interact with Shayla, as that confirmed for him that Darlene is a real person. As for Mr. Robot…

Is Elliot Mr. Robot?

Don’t know. It’s possible that he is, because we really haven’t seen Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) interact with anyone else in the same reality testing way Darlene has. Even when he was shouting in Elliot’s workplace, nobody else paid much attention. I’m hoping we don’t get that Tyler Durden twist, personally, but there’s no way to be sure at this point.

Is Tyrell Wellick gay? Isn’t the evil closet-case a pretty terrible stereotype?

Based on the way he was interacting with his wife–despite being exhausted, he still indulges her bondage kink when he gets home in the third episode and expresses loving concern over getting too extreme while she’s pregnant–I’m doubtful about him being gay. Bisexual, maybe. Most likely, he’s just an asshole who will do anything (and anyone) he needs to in order to get what he wants. He was taking his pulse while having sex with that guy, tricked him into hopping in the shower, and then hacked his phone as soon as the guy stepped out of the room. Tyrell’s goal there was never about getting laid.

The third episode wasn’t my favorite one yet, but it was still better than any other crime drama I’ve watched this year. Possibly ever. Next episode, will we get more answers or just more questions?

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