Here's What the Critics Are Saying About Season_2.0 of Mr. Robot
Mr. Robot returns to USA Network tonight, and, following its highly acclaimed first season which earned the series a Critics' Choice Award, a Peabody Award, a Writers Guild Award, and two Golden Globes, people have been asking -- will season_2.0 rise to the hype?
Well, this week, the critics have spoken and the verdict is in: the upcoming season of Mr. Robot will not disappoint.
Here’s a look at what the reviews are saying:
Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter
Esmail's camerawork — characters tucked into corners of the frame, among other nontraditional compositions — continues to give the sense of disorientation and never feels tired. In fact, there are some flourishes in the first two hours that are brilliantly conceived and, with the show's strong sense of sound (both pop songs and smothered, slowed-down and manipulated background noise), contribute to what is one of the most visually remarkable hours on television.
Alan Sepinwall, HitFix
While Wednesday night's two-hour season premiere — the first hour of which got a very Mr. Robot-appropriate debut, popping up on social media Sunday night with no advance warning, then vanishing a few hours later — opens up depicting a world in tatters after the stunt Elliot and fsociety pulled off in erasing billions of dollars in personal debt, the show itself remains in superb shape.
Sonia Saraiya, Variety
The show remains an artfully constructed receptacle for our cyber-paranoia, whether directed at the government, or capitalism, or technology, or most pressingly, one’s ability to betray oneself, with hallucinations or selective memory or — worst of all — a self-serving notion of the right thing to do.
Jeff Jensen, Entertainment Weekly
There’s an abundance of artfulness, and Malek is electric. In Elliot’s journey I trust…even if he doesn’t trust me.
Liz Shannon Miller, indieWIRE
Esmail’s deft touch with the blend of reality and fantasy remains as engrossing as ever. That’s perhaps the key takeaway here: That while the show has undergone seismic narrative shifts, it’s still recognizably consistent. You may never know what’s going to happen next on Mr. Robot. But you understand, on a fundamental level, what you’re going to get.
Emma Dibdin, Digital Spy
"Sometimes I wonder what you hide behind, my silent friend," Elliot asks at one point, abruptly turning his attention to the viewer in the middle of a monologue. "What mask do you wear?" And it works. You feel seen, even put on the spot, by a fictional character. It's one spine-tingling moment of many in a season opener that re-establishes Mr. Robot as one of the boldest, sharpest shows on television.
Brian Lowry, CNN.com
Even many admirers have likely wondered whether the series can sustain this balancing act, making both a long run and concrete end game hard to foresee. In Mr. Robot, like the Emmy-winning Breaking Bad, unpredictability is the true coin of the realm. As season two begins booting up, though, Esmail and company have earned something from "Mr. Robot's" fan base that's in short supply within the show's world of suspicion and paranoia: trust.
Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
One of the distinguishing features of Mr. Robot is the use of shots that are often quite still but also filled with chaos either emotionally or visually or aurally. It's disorienting by design.
Mark A. Perigard, Boston Herald
In an incident that is both creepy and hilarious, Mr. Robot also demonstrates why you should never purchase a “smart home.”
Dominic Patten, Deadline.com
I’m still not sure if Mr. Robot will change television, but I know now it’s transcending its origin to find root in a reality that just feels rotten to many -– and that’s something you’re going to want to hack into.
Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times
The show, which has already won a Peabody Award among a passel of other official recognitions, makes for unusual and exciting television -– I welcome it back.
Mr. Robot, starring Rami Malek (Elliot), Christian Slater (Mr. Robot), Portia Doubleday (Angela), and Carly Chaikin (Darlene), premieres tonight, Wednesday, July 13, at 10/9c with two new back-to-back episodes. A live after show, Hacking Robot, will air immediately folowing the premiere on USA Network.