USA Network’s “Mr. Robot” took a step back from Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) last week and focused more on its ensemble in the episode “eps2.3_logic-b0mb.hc.” Daniel Montgomery, David Buchanan, Riley Chow and I discuss these developments in our weekly recap of the Emmy-nominated drama (watch it above).
In this episode — written by Kyle Bradstreet rather than series creator and director Sam Esmail — Elliot secretly uncovers the horrifying truth behind Ray’s (Craig Robinson) secret business, which leads to a brutal beating on Ray’s orders. But the episode also reveals new dimensions of the mysterious Whiterose (B.D. Wong), revealed to be China’s minister of state security. Meanwhile Angela (Portia Doubleday), feeling the pressure of a federal investigation, takes steps to protect herself with the help of both Elliot and Darlene (Carly Chaikin).
Buchanan exclaims that he joined these recaps at the right time because “this was the most exciting episode of the season.” Chow agrees, noticing that many of the peripheral characters had progressed in their stories after remaining somewhat stagnant at the beginning of the season.
We all agree that any episode that gives us more of B.D. Wong is a plus. Montgomery makes note of the “spectacular” material that Wong has in this episode. “I’m all for more B.D. Wong screentime,” says Montgomery. I give specific praise to the scene between Wong and Grace Gummer’s FBI agent Dominique DiPierro, noticing the similarities to the relationship between Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling in “The Silence of the Lambs.”
We discuss our predictions for subsequent episodes, and wonder when some of our most pressing questions will be answered. When will Tyrell Wellick (Martin Wallstrom) finally resurface? What was behind the violent shootout that almost took out Agent DiPierro? What will happen to Elliot now that he is seemingly at Ray’s mercy?
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