Originally Posted by Turingmachine75
I wonder if that is only how we will see it through Elliot's eyes . . . like it's all the next riff on his unreliable narration for this season.
That's a viable idea, given the brilliant bit in the premiere where his narration manifests into the Philip K. Dick version of the "fuck you" monologue in 25th Hour.
Another thing worth pointing out: in the show's timeline, as far as I know from articles I've read, is still in 2015. We're not even in the Trump era, although I'm pretty sure the clip they showed of him was from this year.
The thing that got me on board with Mr. Robot was how it presented itself as sci-fi gazing 20 minutes into the future (which, yes, I'm aware Max Headroom also did). It distorts reality into dystopian fantasy, yet the reality defines it. The on-air suicide in the first season, and then having two (!) mass shootings in the second season, felt like documentary-style recreations.
It fell off for me last year, if only because the first season promised something that could be the cultural voice of Peak TV in one of our most chaotic points in history, but that first episode felt like they were keeping promises.
One thing that I also can hope Sam Esmail will never stop: his utter disregard of the 180-degree rule and conventional filmmaking techniques.