“Mr. Robot” star Rami Malek may have won the Emmy for Best Drama Actor on Sunday, September 18, but just a few days later the only thing his character Elliot got was a gunshot to the gut. That was just one of the major developments in the season finale of the USA Network series, which aired on September 21. David Buchanan, Riley Chow, Daniel Montgomery and I convened to discuss the episode, titled “eps2.9_pyth0n-pt2.p7z,” written and directed by series creator Sam Esmail.
In it, Tyrell Wellick (Martin Wallstrom) reveals that “Stage Two” involves destroying a nearby building that houses all of the paper records that E-Corp will use to try to rebuild its digital databases. When Elliot realizes that the plan would likely result in casualties he attempts to stop the plan, against the protests of both Wellick and Elliot’s alter ego Mr. Robot (Christian Slater). Wellick points a gun at Elliot, begging him to stop. Convinced that Wellick is just another hallucination, Elliot moves towards the computer, but Wellick tearfully shoots him. Even more surprisingly, Wellick calls Angela (Portia Doubleday), who seems to already be aware of Elliot’s predicament and asks to be the first person he sees when he wakes up.
Elsewhere, Agent DiPierro (Grace Gummer) interrogates Darlene (Carly Chaikin), whom we discover survived the shooting at the restaurant but is still in shock at the death of Cisco (Michael Drayer). Dom tries to convince Darlene that they have more in common than either of them realize, but Darlene refuses to cooperate. So Dom then takes Darlene into another room, where she reveals that the FBI has found the links between all the members of fsociety, including the fact that Elliot is a key player in the 5/9 cyber attack.
The four of us agree that the reveal of Wellick’s whereabouts after being missing for the bulk of the season was less than satisfying — he was simply in hiding while preparing “Stage Two” — though Buchanan was pleased that the reveal was practical instead of being a setup for more byzantine twists and mind games. But more interesting was the reveal of Angela’s involvement in the scheme, which creates interesting possibilities for next season, though Montgomery wonders whether the twist is just another random character choice.
Looking back at the season as a whole, we all agree that Chaikin has been a revelation and deserves to be nominated for Best Drama Supporting Actress, a category that will be less competitive in 2017 thanks to the absence of “Game of Thrones” and “Downton Abbey” from the Emmy race. We also discuss our excitement about Malek’s Emmy win and the show’s chances overall. We agree that Malek is likely to return, but the show’s odds of returning to Best Drama Series and Best Drama Writing, as well as its chances of breaking into Best Drama Directing and other acting categories, are less certain.
And we have one more question for Sam Esmail — when do we get more ALF??