<title>(Still) Troubled by Mr. Robot_2.0 – #MrRobotFinale</title>
<p>Not as taken with season 2 as with season
Not sure if season 3 will be worth the wait
Feels like the potential for subversiveness is being eroded
Looks, feels, and sounds too much like a good video game (thinking GTA)
Drawing on well-worn tropes of character development feels fake
Going a bit too David Lynchy but not as raw as Lynchy-winchy
Is “star” involvement with production getting in the way
It seems that way</p>
So, where to begin with this one? For those interested, there are previous posts that cover Mr. Robot Season One and such things as metaphors and references; White Rose; is any of it real?; and the end of consumer-debt society.
Well, the trailer is out and things are set to get darker in the world of Mr. Robot, and Sam Esmail seems to have full control of his project, but the one thing that is still being wrestled with, and that has not fully been shaken off since first binge-watching season one, is: at what point will Mr. Robot and its anarchic sensibility be corrupted by the inner-workings of a “Hollywood” system that rarely engages with such subversive forms of fiction, or is there scope to consider that the eventual, and perhaps unintentional outcome of the show will be a nationwide, perhaps even part-global raising of the collective state of consciousness to such an extent that people will start to wake up to the fallacies (freedom (generally), autonomy, the capitalist model and “democracy” as fundamentally linked, and so on…) of contemporary life in, primarily, post-industrial cultures?
Or is there nothing more to it than that it’s just another form of contemporary media that keeps us glued, zombie-like, to our screens? Surely not…