Series Review: Mr. Robot – Season 2 (2016)

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It’s finally time. The review of the second season of a show of which I reviewed the first season long ago. Wow, that was a mouthful! But yeah, I did actually review the first the first season of this show last year. And I fucking loved it. So there was of course a lot of hype for the second season. And I was also excited to get to share my thoughts on the season with you guys. So now that we’re finally here… let’s go. But I also want to warn you that there will be some spoilers for season 1 in here, so if you haven’t seen all of that yet… maybe stop reading this.

Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you… “Mr. Robot” season 2.

After the big 5/9 hack we find Elliot (Rami Malek) trying to come to terms with his mental health issues of course manifested themselves in a few different ways last time we saw him. We also follow him as both he and the other members of Fsociety try to cope with everything that happened after the big hack. And I’m not gonna say much more because really, this is a plot best experienced. That’s right, I thought it was great. With the show already being pretty twisty and turny, it gets even more so since this season has an even bigger focus on mental health. And seriously, this shit has even more twists and turns than the first season. This season even fucks with the audiences more than the first season which I actually kind of loved. The mystery is great, the drama is great, everything is great. It’s tense, dramatic, and just fantastic.

The characters are about nothing short of messed up. None of them are like “perfect” human beings, they all have something odd about them. Rami Malek once again knocks it out of the park as Elliot, with his performance here actually being even better than in season 1. Speaking of which, congratulations to Malek for winning that Emmy for best actor, definitely well-deserved! Okay, done with that. Christian Slater was great once again in his role. Carly Chaikin was great, Portia Doubleday was great. Basically anyone who was here since the first season… great. We also get a few new additions to the show. Grace Gummer (Sidenote: Daughter of Meryl Streep) plays an agent who tries to solve everything and she’s pretty great in her role. B.D. Wong had a pretty minor appearance in season 1, but his role got a bit bumped up for this season and I am glad because he’s terrific. We also get the surprising addition of Craig Robinson (That’s right, funny guy Craig Robinson). And to give credit where credit is due… he’s really good in his role. I’d argue that every actor this season did a really good/great/fantastic job.

The music this season has been pretty fantastic. Firstly, the original score by Mac Quayle has been pretty great, perfectly building tension and adding to the twisty eeriness of the show. And then there were a lot of licensed tracks in the show, but none of them were distracting or jsut added for the hell of it. All of them helped the show and perfectly the situations they were used in. Yeah, the music this season was pretty great. Sure, I wasn’t personally a fan of every song used, but I can at least acknowledge when a song is used perfectly in a scene.

This show is one of the most uniquely directed/shot television shows that I have ever experienced. Example: One of the things this show does is that instead of having the shot cut off at the scalp of the actors, this show leaves a lot of space above their heads. Gives it all a very unique and interesting visual style. I also have to credit the excellent cinematography by Tod Campbell which looks absolutely stunning and makes for some awesome eye candy. The show is also tightly directed, with most scenes feeling pretty tense and intriguing. Without giving too much away, one of the very last scenes of the finale was one of the most tense scenes that I’ve ever scene on television. My eyes were wide open and my pulse went up. Yeah, it was pretty great. And of course, the writing in the show is phenomenal, but that’s something that I’ve been aware of since the first season.

This season/show has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 94% (100% if you go by “top critics” only) positing rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 8,1/10. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,7/10 and is ranked #90 on the “Top 250 TV” list.

Guys, the second season of “Mr. Robot” basically took everything that was great about season 1 and made it even better (at least I think so). The plot is fantastic, the characters are great, the acting is phenomenal, the music is fantastic, the directing is terrific, and the cinematography is fantastic. Time for my final score. *Hacks own computer*. My final score for “Mr. Robot” season 2 is a 9,97/10. So of course it gets the one and only “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

My review of “Mr. Robot” season 2 is now completed.

Not gonna lie, episode 6 might be one of the mindfuckiest and most unique episodes of any show I’ve ever seen.

 

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2 thoughts on “Series Review: Mr. Robot – Season 2 (2016)

  1. Adored Season 2, even with some of its wheel-spinning it was still the most visually creative show I’ve seen since Hannibal came off air. It’s fantastic to see a show with its own voice and style having a free reign to tell its story without interference from networks.

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