Mr. Robot: Season 2 Premiere, or How This Is All Our Fault

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We’ve all been implicated in the greatest cyber-crime in American history (well, television history, at least). With the single swoop of the season two premiere of Mr. Robot, Sam Esmail & Co. draw us in as co-conspirators to the action unlike any series before it. Mr. Robot no longer just demands our viewership, it demands our accountability.

Even as f.society’s assault on E Corp takes root (with mixed results), Elliot attempts to recover his sanity by secluding himself from the revolution and finding comfort within the mundane routine of consumer life. Yet he is haunted at every turn by his unstable psyche. Mr. Robot pokes and prods at Elliot’s fragile mind, sometimes blowing his brain most literally in two. Despite his best intentions, this destructive relationship has largely not changed from last year. The key difference is us.

Throughout the first season, the audience served as a respite for Elliot. A sounding board as…

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