Here's Why the Critics Are Raving about Mr. Robot Episode 305
If you saw Mr. Robot episode 305, "eps3.4_runtime-error.r00," then you understand why it has fans and critics alike buzzing this week. (And, if not, good news: you can stream it here!)
In addition to being a technical tour-de-force by the show's creator and director Sam Esmail (the uninterrupted 42-minute episode gave the illusion having been shot in one continuous long-take, known in the TV industry as a 'oner'), "Runtime Error" also advanced the plot of Stage 2 of the hack, ratcheting up the stakes for Elliot (Rami Malek) and Angela (Portia Doubleday).
Here are just some of the raves about episode 305. Follow the links to read the full reviews.
On it being a standout episode of television:
"...it was one of the most unforgettable episodes of 2017." -- Jeremy Egner, New York Times
"This episode of Mr. Robot rules. It just rules." -- Alec Bojalad, Den of Geek
“…one of the most purely entertaining Mr. Robot installments ever.” -- Alan Sepinwall, Uproxx
"'Runtime Error' was a technical marvel of filmmaking, doing what no other series has ever done." -- Hoai-Tran Bui, Slashfilm
"Tonight’s Mr. Robot is by far the most intense, heart-palpitating, edge-of-your-seat episode we’ve seen in the history of this series." -- Jamie Broadnax, Black Girl Nerds
"What an incredible, visually stunning episode of television." -- Carlaynn Lippo, TV Fanatic
"...one seamless narrative experience unlike anything we’ve seen before on television." -- Liz Shannon Miller, IndieWire
On its technical mastery
"Mr. Robot again demonstrates why it deserves a technical Emmy for sound editing. The moment where Darlene tells Elliot she’s been working with the FBI was the showiest (the ring of a loud noise laying waste to the eardrum takes over the audio), but the entire buzzing, glitching background of the episode was very well done." -- Alex McLevy, AV Club
"The single take allows us to feel the same things Elliot is feeling at every single moment. When he slows everything down after escaping to another floor — the scene literally starts moving in slow motion — we take a breath with him." -- Kyle Fowle, Entertainment Weekly
"...though the camera moves and choreography Sam Esmail and the director of photography Tod Campbell dreamed up for this week’s episode were technically stunning, the approach succeeded because it added new layers to the story." -- Jeremy Egner, New York Times
"Esmail and his cinematographer crafted a way of incorporating subtle edits where two very long takes could be joined together, all seeming to merge into one mega-long take. Visually, I loved everything about the way "Runtime Error" was done." -- Caralynn Lippo, TV Fanatic
On how it changed the game for season_3.0
"The key is that the single take isn’t the draw in and of itself; it’s not doing the heavy lifting when it comes to the story. Rather, it enhances and underscores what’s already there, which is the feeling of dread, paranoia, and impending doom. Stage 2 has been talked about for a very long time, and it’s finally underway, and Esmail’s vision matches the monumental feeling of the moment." -- Kyle Fowle, Entertainment Weekly
"If a mid-season episode could take Mr. Robot to new creative heights like 'Runtime Error' just did (so much so that I barely even noticed when we didn’t see Irving onscreen!) then I anxiously await what Esmail and co. have in store for the finale." -- Hoai-Tran Bui, Slashfilm
"Finally, this is the story of stage 2. Mr. Robot has flirted with stage 2 for going on about at least 8 episodes and even dates back to season 2." -- Alec Bojalad, Den of Geek
"By closely following first Elliot's, then Angela's, fraught POV, the audience got a real sense of just how terrifying and game-changing all of this was." -- Caralynn Lippo, TV Fanatic
For more on episode 305, watch this week's installment of the Mr. Robot Digital After Show Hosted by the Verge with special guest Sam Esmail!