Mr. Robot – Season 3, Episode 7: “eps3.6_fredrick&tanya.chk”

USA’s Mr. Robot
Season 3, Episode 7: “eps3.6_fredrick&tanya.chk”
Directed by Sam Esmail
Written by Adam Penn

* For a recap & review of the previous episode,  “eps3.5_kill-process.inc” – click here
* For a recap & review of the next episode,  “eps3.7_dont-delete-me.ko” – click here
Screen Shot 2017-11-23 at 7.04.00 PMThe Dark Army has detonated explosives in 71 E.Corp buildings around the world. Mobley (Azhar Khan), Trenton (Sunita Mani), and Leon (Joey Bada$$) sit watching the news together, the latter ruminating on the famous, “iconic and shit” Frasier. He can’t get over the fact Kelsey Grammer gets laid so much on the show. Thus ends Leon’s love for situation comedies. After that he got into Knight Rider, which got a “general lack of respect” from the TV industry.
But Mobley, he’s worried Leon is there to kill them. Seeing as how his roommate is dead. Leon has to “babysit” and make sure they’re… safe, y’know? What we see more than anything is the reach of the Dark Army, which we’ve seen before. Almost thought Trenton and Mobley could get away from it all. Should’ve known better.
Meanwhile, Elliot (Rami Malek) is in a panic over what’s happened. He rushes to Krista Gordon’s (Gloria Reuben) office for an emergency session. He feels wholly responsible for what’s gone on with Evil Corp, he has guilt over not being able to stop it, not being able to see what was going on right under his nose. And this is causing the lines to blur, a breakdown of identity all over again; Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) is back. Krista tries to dig out the truth from Mr. Robot, which as we know is never easy. He sees the greater conspiracy, that the Dark Army is simply another upper class, a larger power with an agenda that means one thing: money. The regular, everyday people are shafted again. “Our revolution” is non-existent.
Now, will Elliot be the Dark Army patsy for this widespread act of terror? Or is Tyrell Wellick (Martin Wallström) taking the fall for real?
Screen Shot 2017-11-23 at 7.07.48 PMAs usual, Dom (Grace Gummer) is finding resistance in her work at the FBI. She has no idea that Santiago (Omar Metwally) is working for the Dark Army; surely it’s his sick mother at home who’s got him under their control. There’s a willingness to see Wellick as the perpetrator, his lawyer is already working his magic, and nobody wants to believe what she’s been telling them all along, there’s a much wider picture here. A much more dangerous one.
Angela (Portia Doubleday) has all but separated from reality. Darlene (Carly Chaikin) is trying to help her cope, but the woman is really in a rough place. She didn’t realise the extent to which she was involved, of course. Doesn’t change the fact she helped kill all those people.
In the interrogation room, Wellick still asks to see his wife. Santiago goes in, turns off the cameras, has a quiet little chat with him. The FBI Agent takes out his own frustrations by bluntly telling him his wife is dead, his kid’s in a shitty foster care home. Santiago threatens him making sure he doesn’t talk more than necessary; and in despicable fashion, too. What a rotten prick. Tyrell is no saint, but that’s just fucking terrible.
Trenton and Mobley are out in the desert, where Leon’s burying the latter’s roommate with the cut throat. Trenton slips her binds, getting to the front seat. Although she doesn’t know how to drive and runs the car into a nearby rock. Getaway denied.
Screen Shot 2017-11-23 at 7.19.20 PMAt her office, Krista is stressing over what to do about Elliot. She wants to turn him in, believing it’s more than delusion. A colleague advises her that it would ruin her career and reputation, shattering doctor-patient confidentiality. But she’s torn, she can’t let it go. Neither can Angela who, across town, keeps going over and over the footage of the explosions on the news. Torturing herself viciously. Darlene does what she can to help, though I fear Angela might be headed for a mental breakdown, if she isn’t there already. I’m thinking she is, definitely. No replay button on life.
Mr. Robot goes to find Irving (Bobby Cannavale) at his shop, where he’s knocked out cold by a couple of the Dark Army masked creeps. Yikes, this doesn’t look too good.
At the Mar-a-Lago Club, Zhang aka Whiterose (BD Wong) taunts Phillip Price (Michael Cristofer) over his latest triumph, the rise of eCoin. Antagonistic isn’t even the best word to describe the relationship between these two. Price is trying to figure out why Zhang would come after him so deliberately, so hard. It all traces back to a lawsuit against a plant owned by Zhang, one Price didn’t “manipulate” and “control” properly. Even a big time CEO like Price finds himself under a thumb.
Trenton and Mobley are being drawn into another Dark Army plan, another attack. They are explained the suicide pact of working for a higher power. All the good stuff, right? Nah, they’re just expendable. There’s no “no use” for their skill sets. So they’ll be made to look like they’re dead by suicide. The FBI finds them not long afterwards, in a room with computers, an fsociety mask, a video camera, an Iranian flag. All zipped up, nice and neat. Everyone at the FBI figures it’s finished. Except for Dom, she knows better. She knows the fabled Whiterose is out there, but fears they’re going to get away with everything.
Screen Shot 2017-11-23 at 7.46.51 PMYet another fantastic fucking episode. Sam Esmail and Co are outrageous, they’re great, they’re smart, they’re witty. Mr. Robot is the full package.
“eps3.7_dont-delete-me.ko” is next week.

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Mr. Robot – Season 3, Episode 6: “eps3.5_kill-process.inc”

 

USA’s Mr. Robot
Season 3, Episode 6: “eps3.5_kill-process.inc”
Directed by Sam Esmail
Written by Kyle Bradstreet

* For a recap & review of the previous episode, “eps3.4_runtime-error.r00” – click here
* For a recap & review of the next episode, “eps3.6_fredrick&tanya.chk” – click here
Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 1.26.56 AMWe open on a flashback, to when Angela (Portia Doubleday) was a little girl. She and Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) sit talking a while. They’re at a party, except it’s a party to sort of say goodbye to Angela’s mother Emily (Julia Crockett), to usher her off to whatever comes after life. For his part, Mr. Alderson drops a bit of Back to the Future knowledge to try helping the girl. He also asks her to look out for Elliot (Rami Malek), if ever dad shouldn’t be there to help him himself.
Back to present day, with Elliot questioning Angela, about her role in the Dark Army’s Stage 2 preparations. He isn’t happy that she’s willing to take her rage to such an extreme length. People are going to die. Nevertheless, Tyrell (Martin Wallström) has put everything into action, and Angela’s been manipulating the friend she was supposed to help. It’s an ugly use of Elliot’s mental illness against him. What’s worse is that this all has real world consequences, it’s not just a betrayal amongst friends. This is potentially going to tear the world apart. Our hacker still wants to stop what he can, however, it’s getting even harder to move forward with Angela standing in his way.
Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 1.32.00 AMThe FBI’s having their own trobules. Darlene (Carly Chaikin) is putting a wrench in the works, even if she’s still working with them. Dom (Grace Gummer) and Norm (Rizwan Manji) are trying to bend her to their will, but the young woman’s very smart, very sly. She tries to do as right by her brother as she can stuck in this predicament. Meanwhile, Dom doesn’t realise her boss Agent Santiago (Omar Metwally) is running with the Dark Army, and there she is, bringing him information unknowingly; he’s relaying it all right to Irving (Bobby Cannavale).
At the “utterly tasteless” Mar-a-Lago Club, conveniently timely, Whiterose aka Zhang (BD Wong) meets with Phillip Price (Michael Cristofer) over drinks before a little get together with a bunch of other rich pricks. They talk in their usual way, a bit venomous, still civil. They also lament the idiot owner, who wears disgusting boating shorts that show off the ole “hanging brain.” Great jabs at the current dumbass POTUS, then just a regular jackass. Also an interesting choice of song in the background – “The Girl from Ipanema” – seeing as how Whiterose is there. Love this series!
Elliot is at E.Corp, wondering why people are headed back inside so soon. The bomb threat doesn’t go over as planned, they didn’t find a regular, expected bomb, so why worry, right? Our hacker must sneak his way into the building, to locate the device itself, by himself. Uh oh. That’s a bit sketchy; then again, sketchy may as well be Elliot’s middle name. When he gets to hacking, he finds Mr. Robot kicking back, worse than he has in a long time. All of a sudden, he’s in a cab somewhere else. That’ll set him back a little bit.
Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 1.38.45 AMIrving’s packing everything in the secret hacking lab to be taken away. And while Wellick thinks it’s part of the agreed upon plan, still believing his wife is alive, it’s not exactly going to be what he expected. At least he isn’t dead; yet. Simultaneously, Elliot pieces together what happened during his blackout, and he can’t find his laptop. He’s still having trouble, fizzling between reality and his lost time each time he tries to get back into the system, Mr. Robot fighting hard to keep him away.
On the subway, Angela sees someone wearing an fsociety mask. He pulls a gun out, robbing two old ladies. Angela doesn’t want to give over her purse, though. She refuses, and soon he leaves. She’s almost catatonic at this point.
After so much red tape Dom is going to cut through it herself. She goes down to the Red Wheelbarrow, where she heads inside and Norm watches the exterior. She believes that Wellick might be somewhere in the building. She’s done waiting, and goes through the back in the kitchen. She sees smoke coming from a backroom. In there she only finds the remnants of where Wellick was staying, where he burned whatever Irving gave him in the letter before he left. Dom’s instincts were right, she’s just too late; there’s even a tunnel leading away from the place underground.
A little later, Wellick is right out in public trying to run away. He doesn’t get far. And he’s screaming about an attack, wanting it to be stopped, suddenly worried about people dying. This rightfully freaks Dom out.
Elliot takes a fall over the stairs. Then he figures out it’s a good way to disrupt Mr. Robot, even if he’s kicking the shit out of himself. It’s his “kill command.” Both of them are fighting against one another. Elliot hopes that if he keeps moving he’ll manage to win. Hopefully so. Because right now dear dad is trying to keep his boy caged in, at all costs.
Can Elliot convince Mr. Robot to help? Can he change his own mind? Yes. Through it all that other personality listened, they worked together. The attack is thwarted. No explosion. No death. However, where does our hacker go from here? Will Mr. Robot stick around? What will the Dark Army do now? So many possibilities from here, and though there’s hope, I’m pretty damn worried.
Above all else: what’s Whiterose actually plotting? It was far bigger. Explosions at 71 other Evil Corp buildings run across all media. Hideous. Thousands dead. The brutal revolution continues.
Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 1.55.47 AMScreen Shot 2017-11-16 at 2.02.03 AMWhat a great fucking episode! The intensity is usually high, but this one was just wild. Even the previous episode was pretty damn riveting, the pace was flawless, the cuts hidden perfectly for the one-take feel. But this just had an even further feeling of tension, the suspense was outrageous.
Can’t wait for ” ” next week.

Mr. Robot – Season 3, Episode 5: “eps3.4_runtime-error.r00”

USA’s Mr. Robot
Season 3, Episode 5: “eps3.4_runtime-error.r00”
Directed by Sam Esmail
Written by Kor Adana & Randolph Leon

* For a recap & review of the previous episode, “eps3.3_metadata.par2”  – click here
* For a recap & review of the next episode, “eps3.5_kill-process.inc”  – click here
Screen Shot 2017-11-14 at 11.30.27 AMThe UN is gathering to vote on the Congo. At the same time, Elliot (Rami Malek) is headed back to work at Evil Corp with Angela (Portia Doubleday) watching over him. He gets a call from Darlene (Carly Chaikin), asking to talk to him. We continually hear the crackling of a potential system failure, Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) on the verge of breaking through, or maybe he’s the one in charge. Elliott wonders if his “daily program” crashed, if he’s merely going along the routine. Perhaps a “runtime error.” Either way he knows something’s wrong. He’s starting to not be able to distinguish between inner monologue and outer speech.
Meanwhile, the one-shot episode continues; I doubt it’s actual a real single take, rather a bunch of cleverly disguised cuts, which is just as perfect, and requires lots of artistry. So we watch Elliot try going about his day, however, he’s starting to realise his access is locked out. His paranoia starts working on him. Rightfully so, as the Dark Army is doing his thing while his account and employment at E.Corp is being shut down permanently.
Thus begins the intensity. Security comes looking for Elliot while motormouth Samar (Ramy Youssef) distracts them, and our hacker goes about his perpetual search for truth. He has to evade security, act natural. He winds up getting access to a computer again via some Bernie Bro douche, checking on the Dark Army Stage 2 execution. Takes a bit of finesse, though he manages to get himself out of there just barely and into an elevator. Except that’s when dad shows up, ranting and raving. And he still hasn’t finished what he needed to do before getting ejected from the building.
Screen Shot 2017-11-14 at 11.48.48 AMOutside is a massive protest, and Elliot does the only thing he can do: he calls in to tell E.Corp there’s a bomb in their building ready to explode. Darlene’s there, too. She reveals to her brother she’s been working with the FBI. She tells him about everything, that they were onto fsociety, tracking them both for months, all of it. This is fairly shocking to him, obviously. Darlene acts like it was for their safety, that she’s been trying to help. The feeling of betrayal for him is deep, and it’s more unsettling than everything else that’s already going on. His paranoia is turned up past 10 at this point. This is when he finds out Angela’s been manipulating him, using Mr. Robot to her advantage. He remembers his brief waking moment with Angela and Tyrell.
Who can he trust anymore?
Soon from the crowd of protesters a bottle is tossed at the cops, tear gas is released, and a full fledged riot commences. Masked protesters invade Evil Corp, spray painting, destroying anything on which they can lay their hands. Employees are accosted and made to swipe the masked vigilantes upstairs through the elevator, where they’ll unleash further chaos. The whole play is tagged, smashed, turned upside down.
Angela gets a call from Irving (Bobby Cannavale); they’ve started the riot as a “distraction,” apparently. This also involves Elliot putting into place their contingency plan. Ah, how things have changed. Angela gets a package at the desk, which contains all the information the hacker will need to implement the plan necessary for the Dark Army. So while the hallways are utter chaos, she has to go looking for her friend, or her tool, as far as it looks from her perspective. Things get sticky once she runs into security, they see some of the things when she drops her package. She barely gets away after the guy’s beat down brutally by protesters.
Screen Shot 2017-11-14 at 11.51.40 AMAngela makes it into a server room, attempting to hook up a hard drive. She winds up running into another woman, who’s suspicious of why she’s there. She claims to have been doing a physical security audit. They’re interrupted by more violence. Angela gets a bit of second hand mace, though not enough to blind her. She gets back to the hard drive, doing the work herself in lieu of finding Elliot amongst all the madness.
She finishes up, but now she has to get out of there in one piece. She finds one of the fsociety masks, so she uses it to her advantage, disguising herself for when she comes across more of the protesters. She gets to an elevator, a way out. But she lets Irving know a woman saw her, that she did the hacking herself. He’s not entirely thrilled. Although Stage 2 is going ahead as planned, all is right for the Dark Army right now. When Angela gets back to her office, she finds Elliot waiting, wanting answers.
Simultaneously, China’s been given the vote to annex the Congo via the UN.
Screen Shot 2017-11-14 at 12.09.03 PMSam Esmail continually pushes the envelope, in many ways. This series is one of the greatest, it’ll go down with the best in the history of TV. No doubt.
“eps3.5_kill-process.inc” is next week.

Mr. Robot – Season 3, Episode 4: “eps3.3_metadata.par2”

USA’s Mr. Robot
Season 3, Episode 4: “eps3.3_metadata.par2”
Directed by Sam Esmail
Written by Kyle Bradstreet

* For a recap & review of the previous episode, “eps3.2_legacy.so” – click here
* For a recap & review of the next episode, “eps3.4_runtime-error.r00” – click here
Screen Shot 2017-11-02 at 1.32.13 PMDarlene (Carly Chaikin) wakes up after nodding off on the subway. She can’t find her wallet. She spies a girl nearby, believing this is the pickpocket. The girl denies it, but she soon relents and gives it up. Darlene asks her to take a Polaroid photograph out and hand it over, leaving the girl with the wallet: “You stole from me, but I stole from you first.” She talks about the “whole economic fuckshow” that the country’s in being her fault. Then she goes on to admit murdering a woman, to a total stranger. Is Darlene starting to lose it? Or, is she getting a bit cocky because of her seeming invincibility while helping the FBI?
Speaking of, we see Elliot (Rami Malek) lurking around Darlene’s place, where Dom (Grace Gummer) is keeping watch. He picks the lock to the apartment and gets inside, just as Dom and Norm (Rizwan Manji) figure out the latest e-mail was for them, not for Tyrell (Martin Wallström). The hacker’s there when his sister gets back, too; she’s warned by Dom on the sly just before she steps inside.
Brother and sister have a chat. They’re at odds. He recently found a bug planted in his computer. She’s aggressive with him, or Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) – whoever he is at this point in time, for real – and tells him to leave, that she doesn’t trust him anymore. However, that could change.
Screen Shot 2017-11-02 at 1.41.40 PMAt the Red Wheelbarrow, Irving (Bobby Cannavale) waxes yummy on good, moist, properly cooked ribs, no matter if it’s breakfast time. Whereas Angela’s (Portia Doubleday) mostly concerned with talking business. They get to it, though she seems apprehensive, or at the very least concerned about what will happen in Stage 2 of the Dark Army’s ultimate plan. “Keep us on schedule, all will be good,” he tells her.
Back at his place, Elliot shows Darlene that she was right, Stage 2 is still ongoing. He’s monitoring the situation. But why do it himself? Why not pass it on to law enforcement? She wonders why, as well. He wants to know where it all goes, he wants to do it on his own. Brother and sister have to come together now, as split apart as they’ve been recently. Elliot wants her to stay with him, because he dissociates at night. She agrees to stay watch, in case Mr. Robot wants to slink off and meet Tyrell. Maybe they can infiltrate the Stage 2 plan this way, using their best lead: Elliot himself.
Theres something inside me that cant let go of what we started
Somewhere in the city, a SWAT team beats in an apartment door. The man inside, sweating, eating cereal, hits the floor. When he puts his hands up, surrendering, he’s got an fsociety mask on. At E.Corp, Elliot goes to work like a good boy, but he’s torn between himself and his father, plus he’s got to keep up appearances for Angela, being normal at his desk, attending social functions in the evening.
Norm and Dom have their suspect from the raid in custody, Sasan Nouri (Nuah Ozryel). He’s the one who also posted the most recent fsociety video. They ask him question after question, getting nothing. When the name Whiterose (BD Wong) is mentioned, there’s a slight recognition in Sasan’s eyes. Dom presses harder, getting only one answer for who leads him: “fsociety.”
Screen Shot 2017-11-02 at 1.50.31 PMBrother and sister make a “vengeance pact,” in case anything should happen to her while she follows Mr. Robot. It’s absolutely possible. In the meantime, Elliot apologises for pushing her away, and Darlene accepts, wholehearted. And so she stays up at night, waiting to see if his second personality is up to anything shady. Near 2 AM, she hears Mr. Robot leave. She follows until he meets Angela, heading into the subway. But then they head back up another set of stairs, back to the streets, and into a cab. Gone. Uh oh.
When Angela and Mr. Robot meet up with Tyrell, things aren’t great. The crazy man in hiding isn’t pleased with Elliot’s meddling in their plan, messing with the manifests for the paper deliveries. Tyrell and Angela are reluctantly in agreement that they’ve got to settle things “under the radar,” so the Dark Army don’t kill them all. Meanwhile, she plans on firing Elliot from Evil Corp, to stop him from more meddlesome behaviour. She calls Philip Price (Michael Cristofer) to set it into motion later. That’s not impressing Tyrell much, his ranting sends Mr. Robot into a violent frenzy.
Things, all around, are beginning to break down, and Elliot’s dissociating worse than before. He comes around, dad is no longer running the show. This prompts Angela to shoot him up with drugs and put him unconscious.
Never appeal to a mans better nature. He may not have one.”
Screen Shot 2017-11-02 at 2.02.36 PMDarlene meets Dom at a bar, they drink and talk. The young hacker wants to get to know her better, she doesn’t have any other friends, not anymore. She discovers the FBI agent is a lesbian, only dating right now, nothing serious. “Whatever diddles your Skittle,” Darlene believes. But Dom’s not interested in being friendly, she wants to know more about what happened with Elliot. The hacker sister is mostly concerned with the fact she’ll lose her brother at the end of all this madness.
Elsewhere, Tyrell is pissed, and telling Irving he can’t continue with Elliot as a partner. The news from the Dark Army is get the job finished; that’s all. He stokes the Swede’s ego, telling him this is his fate, that he must continue. He is the god, not the dissociative hacker. This boosts Tyrell’s confidence, for now. Stage 2 is set for the coming Monday. Angela is alerted, keeping Elliot wrapped around her finger with drugs.
And Darlene, she has no idea where her brother’s gone. Oh, that Polaroid from earlier? It’s a family photo of the Aldersons, together on a beach, happy.
Loved this episode. The plot just twists, turning, going all sorts of different places that are each interesting unto themselves. Can’t wait to see more of what Angela’s planning to do re: Elliot. How long can she keep this up?
“eps3.3_metadata.par2” is next week.

Mr. Robot – Season 3, Episode 3: “eps3.2_legacy.so”

USA’s Mr. Robot
Season 3, Episode 3: “eps3.2_legacy.so”
Directed & Written by Sam Esmail

* For a recap & review of the previous episode, “eps3.1_undo.gz” – click here
* Fora  recap & review of the next episode, “eps3.3_metadata.par2” – click here


On the night of the Five/Nine hack, Elliot (Rami Malek) tried firing the gun at Tyrell Welick (Martin Wallström), Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) coming out to try stopping their big, destructive plans. Except the gun didn’t fire. A jam. Tyrell believed it was “proof” that the two of them were destined for huge things, an “act of God.”
So he asks Elliot to pull the trigger a second time. Although Mr. Robot won’t do it, realising a “second stage” is required beyond the Five/Nine hack, because they know Evil Corp won’t stop there, they’ll recreate the data lost. And Mr. Robot sees something in his crazy friend, something that can save him from himself.
Some things are better left unsaid. Subtext, yknow?”
Screen Shot 2017-10-26 at 2.37.49 PMWe see Irving (Bobby Cannavale) took a few Dark Army contacts to meet with Tyrell and Elliot. Of course, Mr. Robot is still kicking around. Irving sends Mr. Robot to drop off Wellick’s car someplace, then to go home. Basically, we’re witness to more of the depths to which Elliot’s mental illness takes him. He’s met the supposed used car salesman before, the night of the big hack, he was there when Tyrell’s disappearance was manipulated into action by the Dark Army. Yet remembered none of it. This further shows Irving’s status as a type of cleaner, or a guy who does whatever, whenever and does all things necessary for the shadowy corporation.
If youre seeinme, that means you boys fucked up.”
All leads back to when Elliot was arrested because of his connection to fucking with the guy his psychiatrist Krista (Gloria Reuben) was seeing, and Tyrell was whisked into hiding. Elsewhere, Zhang aka Whiterose (BD Wong) watched on, controlling everybody like puppets as he so often does. He wants to push Trump for POTUS, as well. “If you pull the right strings a puppet will dance any way you desire,” he tells Frank Cody (Erik Jensen), another of the puppets under his orders.
Tyrell is in a shitty little place, as opposed to what he’s used to, and an old guy (Wallace Shawn) snorting cocaine is chatting with him about Stage 2. Wellick’s pissed off being cooped up for days. The old man is there to make sure he’s loyal to the Dark Army. They want to know if he killed Mrs. Knowles, all about his personal life, all his secrets. He gradually breaks the younger man down until the truth comes out. Tyrell says he will not be loyal to the army, but that he will never betray Elliot. Thus begins Operation Red Wheelbarrow, by request of the hacker himself; or, likelier, Mr. Robot. Here, we’re privy to when Tyrell called Elliot in jail, as well.
Love how Sam Esmail wraps us around to show us everything, yet it doesn’t feel too expository or drawn out or over-explained. It’s always exciting. We watch Irving try keeping Tyrell busy, chopping wood so he doesn’t go crazy, in part reliving the old life of his father he left behind.
Screen Shot 2017-10-26 at 2.42.34 PMScreen Shot 2017-10-26 at 2.52.04 PMWe also get a look at Darlene (Carly Chaikin) back then, Cisco (Michael Drayer) meeting with Irving, who considers their relationship a “job.” He advises Cisco to stop caring about her, that she’ll be protected should anything bad happen; certainly, we’ve already seen the results of that. But what’s further obvious is the twisting, turning labyrinthine web of relationships spindling out from the Dark Army. We see just how much control they’ve had, from day one.
Things were tough for Tyrell, watching his wife file for divorce and the tabloids talking about her possible new relationships, et cetera. This prompted him to suit up one day, take off for a trek through the woods. Except a cop sees him, hard as he tries to stay relatively invisible. He winds up running back through the woods to get away, though the officer chases him down, catching him quick. They’re only an hour away from the FBI. The cop even wants a “selfie” before they turn him over. However, we can already see Tyrell working to break his own thumb to sneak out of his cuffs.
Eventually a black SUV arrives. They put a bullet in the cop’s head. Who’s the FBI contact? Agent Santiago (Omar Metwally). God damn. I’d not thought about that one before. He’s not happy when he gets back to Irving, complaining about all the other Dark Army collateral lately. After he leaves, we discover more of Irving, that his wife left when he fucked up their lives, took his kids, so he had to turn himself around to get them back. Just a story, a load of bullshit? I wouldn’t be too quick to believe him.
Screen Shot 2017-10-26 at 3.10.37 PMInteresting use in this episode of “I’m Your Puppet” by James and Bobby Purify, right after the previous scene, also considering the quote by Whiterose earlier and all the Dark Army centred plot in this episode. Not to mention we see that, indeed, Irving’s story is a lie. He goes back home, to nobody except a windowsill of coffee cups, writing a novel on his laptop in front of the TV.
Next day he goes to see our old pal Leon (Joey Bada$$), wondering about Elliot and how he’s doing. Then it’s back up to get Tyrell, preparing for the hacker’s release from jail. A happy day for our crazy friend. Tyrell goes to where they’ve setup, their new computer lab in that dingy building. He’s then brought to a fancy hotel, where he’s given a nice room to wait until he gets to see Elliot. He doesn’t care about appearances, either; cops be damned. He wants to look spiffy for his friend. So he shaves, gets his nice suit back. Then he goes to see Elliot himself, back before we knew of any o this side to the story.
Naturally, this was prior to Tyrell shooting his friend, Elliot being worked on by the Dark Army surgeons at their hideout lab. This is where the hacker’s mental illness comes into play, how it affected those around him who didn’t realise what was happening in his head. Angela (Portia Doubleday) lays it out for Wellick, that Elliot can “become a different person.” And gradually, it all becomes clear to him.


Another quality chapter in the saga of Mr. Robot, as only Sam Esmail can deliver.
“eps3.3_metadata.par2” comes next week. As usual, I cannot wait for more.

Mr. Robot – Season 3, Episode 2: “eps3.1_undo.gz”

USA’s Mr. Robot
Season 3, Episode 2: “eps3.1_undo.gz”
Directed & Written by Sam Esmail

* For a recap & review of the previous episode, “eps3.0_power-saver-mode.h” – click here
* For a recap & review of the next episode, “eps3.2_legacy.so” – click here
Screen Shot 2017-10-19 at 1.40.26 PMIt’s a brand new day. Elliot (Rami Malek) wants to undo his part in the “downfall of human civilisation.” Today, he’s headed up to the inner sanctum of Evil Corp. He’s found a “way to hit undo.” Angela (Portia Doubleday) was able to land him a job. He’s working from the inside out. He wonders if he’s able to keep Evil Corp in check, so long as they’re a “necessary evil” he can control. He’s growing up, medicating, partaking in the realm of “2D emotions” everyone else was living in around him.
It’s not selling out. It’s maturation, as well as figuring out a way to undo what he did in the Five/Nine hack. Likewise, he wants to avoid Tyrell’s (Martin Wallström) plan of destruction. He sets out to try convincing the upper-ups to go digital with their records, converting from paper records. When one dude won’t listen, he digs into his shady secrets, gets him arrested, then goes up the corporate food chain.
So for now it’s live that life, the supposedly normal life, while he keeps on going. The next bureaucrat goes down, as he pushes his agenda higher while manipulating the shipping of the records. Luckily everybody around Elliot is pretty much an idiot socially, where his social anxiety comes in handy.
Finally, he gets up the ladder to one of the women. She’s the one to listen, setting the wheels in motion to get Elliot’s plan moving. He’ll soon talk to the VP of Technology at E.Corp. After this, he’ll be further on the way to undoing the hack, and when E.Corp reboots, they’ll also be free of embezzlers, sexual harassers, and so forth. “Making it better,” not destroying it and never looking back.
Screen Shot 2017-10-19 at 1.42.07 PMScreen Shot 2017-10-19 at 1.50.36 PMBut it’s not all roses. His loneliness, his mental illness won’t just go away. He spends the night weeping, alone, stuck in a void. The drugs can’t fix everything, and he’s struggling. He still sees Krista Gordon (Gloria Reuben) for therapy. Yet he forgets his own birthday. He’s fractured, wondering if the disappearance of Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) is what’s done this to him, even if things are relatively better. He tells Krista about a time with Darlene (Carly Chaikin) when they were younger, their love of Home Alone; also the day dad pushed him out a window, breaking his arm. Krista is shocked, she’s never heard of this before.
Frank Cody (Erik Jensen) has Joanna Wellick (Stephanie Corneliussen) on his show, after Scott Knowles has been arrested on charges of his wife’s murder. Joanna talks about her husband, that she knew he was innocent, as well as the fact she’s rescinded her petition for divorce from Tyrell.
In the meantime, a new fsociety has gone online. They’ve got a new plan, it says. Darlene is in custody, the video says they’re “malicious,” so who’s doing it? Dominique (Grace Gummer) and Agent Santiago (Omar Metwally) believe she knows more, they also mention her brother’s connection to Tyrell. Darlene doesn’t believe it. This requires her hearing a call between Wellick and Elliot to know the truth.
Later, Mrs. Wellick and Mr. Sutherland (Jeremy Holm) are followed by her boy toy, mad that he was lied to, that he was conned into helping her get her husband free of the charges. However, Mr. Sutherland tries convincing him not to get too upset. So the boy toy shoots the guy, before putting a bullet in Joanna’s head. Holy fucking shit.
Screen Shot 2017-10-19 at 2.05.33 PMOut on the pier, Darlene meets with Elliot. She wants to stay close, he pushes her farther. He believes she’s his “trigger.” Although he loves her, he knows the brings on his illness worse when they’re together. She claims to be leaving, going upstate. They reminisce about Kevin McCallister the snowman, the one they made that day dad pushed him from the window. And then he realises he needs her around, no matter about any emotional triggers.
Phillip Price (Michael Cristofer) gives a speech at the G20 in Turkey, talking of a “currency war” on the Chinese end when they won’t sign an accord to accept eCoin as the global currency rather than Bitcoin. In the audience sits Mr. Zhang aka Whiterose (BD Wong). He’s not happy, nor will he bow down. He wants his UN vote, or else. When Phillip gets angrier, Zhang brings up Angela, which does not sit well.
Whiterose: “Dont mistake my generosity for generosity
We see Elliot trying to get Krista to talk with Mr. Robot. She coaxes him out, then he’s there in the room, her patient changing into his father before her eyes. He’s not entirely forthcoming. He’s angry at her, too. Believing she wants to destroy him. Krista would rather understand, to help Elliot. She does begin seeing the depth of his mental illness.
But there’s worse things happening. Darlene seems to be cooperating with the FBI, after meeting her brother earlier. Things are changing. Elsewhere, Whiterose decides Stage 2 will go ahead, no matter what the UN vote outcome. He has a deep hatred of Price’s hubris.
Oh, and Elliot – he’s sent the FBI an encrypted link via e-mail, and he’s sneaked into his sister’s apartment while they’re watching. Hmm.
Screen Shot 2017-10-19 at 2.21.00 PMThis episode shocked me with Joanna’s death, and even more than that it was a crazy ride the whole way through, so much poised to happen/already happening. Things are ramping up for a very serious, exciting Season 3.
“eps3.2_legacy.so” comes next week.

Fear the Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 16: “Sleigh Ride”

AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead
Season 3, Episode 16: “Sleigh Ride”
Directed by Andrew Bernstein
Written by Dave Erickson & Mark Richard

* For a recap & review of the penultimate Season 3 finisher, “Things Bad Begun” – click here
* Season 4 reviews coming next year
Screen Shot 2017-10-16 at 1.16.58 AMProctor John (Ray McKinnon) and his crew, Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) included are heading into the dam. Carnage lies in front of them, bloody corpses in the water and the like. The Proctors have the upper hand, particularly as more of the men show up. They meet Strand (Colman Domingo) at the docks; Alicia’s pretty surprised, though they save any pleasantries and once alone, they plan in hushed tones. “Mea culpa,” Victor pleads after Proctor John finds out a dozen of his men are dead.
Stuck alone together in that room, Madison (Kim Dickens) and Nick (Frank Dillane) confront their relationship, all the ugliness. He asks if she ever wished he’d died, back in his junkie days. Now, her son isn’t sure of his mother, after what she did to Troy, so callously. However, he doesn’t think about all she’s done for him. All that Troy did, either. I understand where he’s coming from, yet he forgets so much.
There’s also Daniel (Rubén Blades) bleeding from his shot face, Lola (Lisandra Tena) helping him out of loyalty. She has to leave him at the bottom of a manhole, by himself, trapped below ground.
Screen Shot 2017-10-16 at 1.21.02 AMScreen Shot 2017-10-16 at 1.21.33 AMElsewhere, Alicia changes Proctor John’s dressings while he talks about Buddhism, how he hates liars. Y’know: small talk. After which he asks how she knows Strand, the guy isn’t stupid. She tells him the truth about getting out of LA with his help, about her mother. He reveals she was there at the dam, that Strand made a deal for her safety, too. But the “larger negotiation” that was a part of has fallen to bits. If only Alicia might be capable of making her own deal. What’s required? Go to Houston with the Proctors, and mom is free.
Strand gets back to Nick and Madison, they’re not happy with him. He’s trying, I guess. He also tells them about Alicia, casually warning about Proctor John: “He likes his toys.” What our man Victor has up his sleeve is trying to sneak the Clarks out, right in plain sight with uniforms. Madison can see her tenuous friend’s stressed, so he explains the situation with Daniel.
As Victor walks his friends out, Lola comes in firing after discovering Efrain dead, a bullet in the head. She gets one of her own from Proctor John. Now, the gang’s found out, the plans have completely deteriorated. The Proctors do a bit of shit kicking with Strand’s face. At the same time, Madison angles to try getting them out of there. Doesn’t work. The boss says he’ll kill her kids while she watches. Everybody goes.
Out on the dam, the family says goodbye to one another, fearing they’re about to be murdered. This is when Victor reveals the explosives wiring the place. “Take his tongue already,” Proctor John orders. But Strand doesn’t have the detonator, Nick does. He’s ready to blow the place to the moon.
Screen Shot 2017-10-16 at 1.28.39 AMScreen Shot 2017-10-16 at 1.30.38 AMBack to another Madison Clark daydream, in that nice house in the wasteland. All her friends are there, from Daniel to Jeremiah (Dayton Callie) to Jake (Sam Underwood) and Walker (Michael Greyeyes). Strand shows up with gifts. A happy holiday for everybody! Hugs and smiles and dinner ready for eating. Well, if you’re into eating Jeremiah’s chopped off head, I suppose? Yum! The nice dinner becomes a bloodbath, a nightmarish holiday, Christmas in hell. And once more, Madison’s left alone amongst the graves of everyone she knows.
What will Nick do? He’s ensuring safety for mom and Alicia. He’ll stay behind to make sure they get away. He explains this is his “suicide note.” A sacrifice for the greater good of his family. Nothing else to do. The two women and Strand head for a boat, to escape. Leaving Nick to the Proctors.
War was waiting to be realised by us, and here we are.”
Daniel’s gotten himself back on two feet. He’s got the skills still, as well. Disarming one man, killing three. He’s headed up top. Nick watches while his family and Strand speed off, waiting for the right time to detonate. Right as Crazy Dog (Justin Rain) pops a shot into one guy’s head from the distance with a sniper rifle, he and Walker keeping an eye on things like the loyal men we’ve come to know. Crazy Dog continues firing, just as Daniel walks in firing alongside him.
But Nick blows the dam anyway. The concrete rumbles, cracking, and the falling walls threaten to suck his family into the rapids, over a waterfall through the river. Crazy Dog and Walker assume the worst, moving on north. Nick awaits the end.
Screen Shot 2017-10-16 at 1.38.33 AMMadison dreams more. She’s at Jeremiah’s grave. He hauls her in under the dirt. She’s actually floating in the water by the dam, being pulled by the rushing waters. As she imagines bursting out of the grave, Travis (Cliff Curtis) is there to haul her up. She slips back under, still in the water.
She finally opens her eyes, swimming to the surface. She makes it to land, seeing people coming to the shore, filling their buckets and containers with water after so long. In a way, Nick did what Efrain wanted, to get the water to the people. At what cost?
We’ll have to wait and see.
An intense finale. I mean, wow… I didn’t expect some of this to go down, not like it did. Very excited for Season 4. Not sure exactly where things will head, after all we’ve seen in these last few action-packed, plot-filled episodes. So much potential, the series is already wonderful. It can get even better.

Fear the Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 15: “Things Bad Begun”

AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead
Season 3, Episode 15: “Things Bad Begun”
Directed by Andrew Bernstein
Written by Jami O’Brien

* For a recap & review of the previous episode, “El Matadero” – click here
* For a recap & review of the Season 3 finale, “Sleigh Ride” – click here
Screen Shot 2017-10-16 at 12.12.36 AMNick (Frank Dillane) has a shopping cart full of zombie heads. He’s cleaning the place up in front of the Bazaar. Why? He’s helping the man in the bar come up with more brain stem, y’know, for the local economy. And it helps their people fight harder, needing no sleep. But who are they fighting? Nick’s curious. Right now, he only cares about the cash.
There’s also Troy (Daniel Sharman) trying to fit in, trying to figure out what’s about to go down. He goes to find his buddy, telling him: “Your mothers in trouble, Nick.” Oh, shit.
Over at the dam, Madison (Kim Dickens) and Strand (Colman Domingo) talk, he tries convincing her of something bigger, better than right now. She wanted a future for her children, maybe grandchildren, a normal life again somehow. Only she’s there without her kids. Still, Strand believes they can make that life, if they want it bad enough. They even drink to it.
And elsewhere, Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) is driving around with Diana (Edwina Findley Dickerson). Out of nowhere, they’re smashed into by another vehicle. They take on the men, not allowing them to steal any of their things. Alicia manages to get a gun, but lets the men live, a foolish move. Diana’s leg gets broken in the scuffle, so her new friend has got to try and help her out.
Screen Shot 2017-10-16 at 12.22.30 AMDaniel (Rubén Blades) gets a visit from Walker (Michael Greyeyes), returning a cross necklace Ofelia (Mercedes Mason) had worn. The grieving father feels guilt over not having stopped his daughter’s death. He discovers Walker feels the same way, too, and he has no answers, nobody does. This is life in the post-zombie landscape, nothing is forever, nothing is for sure. Ever.
Deny Odysseusjourney and who the hell is Odysseus?”
Drinking together, Madison and Strand ruminate on the future of the world, the future of stories, how long until The Iliad and other classics are forgotten in this undead world. The conversation turns to murder. She admits having to kill, whereas Strand hasn’t had to do that quite yet. Not cold blooded murder.
At the dam, Nick arrives to fill his mother and others in on the plan at the Bazaar. There are boats, guns, all sorts of weaponry, equipment. Lola (Lisandra Tena) knows a “siege” is coming, a brutal one, Efrain (Jesse Borrego) fears their cruelty. However, everyone has ideas. Nobody wants to desert the place. If they stay, they must fight. On top of everything, Madison worries about Nick, his being back on drugs, and he keeps warning the people coming are worse than anything they’ve come across this far. In the meantime, Walker and Crazy Dog (Justin Rain) are heading their own way.
We also find out Strand made a deal with the Proctors. He’s supposed to let them in, to be able save people and let the Proctors have things easily, under Daniel’s nose. Now, the whole thing’s fucked up, and he wants Nick to take Madison, to leave. Simultaneously we see Daniel becoming suspicious, his behaviour feeling dangerous. He asks Nick questions, quickly figuring out he’s lying. This is making things a little scary. “This is not a way to grieve,” the young man pleads. Nevertheless, he sits for a longer talk with the old dude.
Screen Shot 2017-10-16 at 12.41.32 AMPeople dont change. We just walk in circles.”
Setting explosives as a last resort, Troy talks to Madison about feeling fear for the first time in a long time, maybe ever, when he was with Nick at the Bazaar, when they had their wild night. She asks that he look out for her son, he needs somebody. I wouldn’t exactly put all my trust in him, though.
Locked in a room together, Daniel presses Nick for information, on how the horde wound up at the pantry bunker. He gets nothing. And this is starting to make the treacherous old bastard. He’s convinced someone caused the horde, in turn causing Ofelia’s death. Soon enough Nick lies, pinning it on Jake (Sam Underwood).
Daniel accepts his lie. For now.
Alicia gets Diana to a man with medical experience named Eddie (James Le Gros). She’s brought to a man in a wheelchair, none other than the infamous Proctor John (Ray McKinnon). The Proctors were a humble motorcycle club. At this point, they’re doing all they can in the this new world. Unfortunately, Proctor John’s got a growth on his spine, rendering his legs fucked up. The man wants Alicia to help Danny in the medical department, to go on to Texas with them. If they fail, they die. Great “incentive,” right?
Screen Shot 2017-10-16 at 12.49.58 AMIn surgery, Eddie cuts Proctor John open, digging for the growth. Alicia talks to her patient, who won’t be put under, she tries keeping his mind busy, getting him chatting about his life. And he admires her “tough skin.”
Things aren’t well at the dam, not with Daniel paranoid and Strand scheming behind his back. Nick catches up to mom, telling her they need to leave, and then the truth about Troy comes out. The relationships deteriorate, as the last standing Otto rants about the ranch. Until Madison plants a ball peen hammer in the side of his head and busts his skull open in front of Nick who’s horrified. They leave his corpse to be swallowed in the likelihood of the explosion; you know it’ll come to that.
With the surgery complete, Proctor John is able to wiggle his toes. A sigh of relief around the room. No murder; today, anyway. At the same time, troops are moving for the dam – where Strand has pulled a gun on Lola and Daniel, the latter not believing anything will happen. The two men wrestle. Strand gets the gun under Daniel’s face and pulls the trigger, blowing a hole through his cheek.
Bigger things are going down – the Proctors have invaded the dam, shots are fired, everyone’s running or fighting or both. All out warfare commences. Strand finds Madison and Nick, stashing them away someplace safe. He takes the detonator, promising he’ll help. You can never tell with him.
Screen Shot 2017-10-16 at 12.55.22 AMScreen Shot 2017-10-16 at 12.59.14 AMVisions of the Clark household at the holidays, Christmas music playing. The table’s set, the turkey’s being basted, everything is wonderful. A vision of festive happiness. It’s in the middle of the wasteland, and there’s no real happiness. Alicia’s dead, the Ottos are still dead. Nick has a child with Luciana (Danay Garcia), but they leave her behind, all alone.
What a great lead-up to the finale. “Sleigh Ride” – fittingly titled after this ending, is next. Giddy up.

Mr. Robot – Season 3, Episode 1: “eps3.0_power-saver-mode.h”

USA’s Mr. Robot
Season 3, Episode 1: “eps3.0_power-saver-mode.h”
Directed & Written by Sam Esmail

* For a recap & review of the Season 2 finale, “eps2.9_pyth0n-pt2.p7z” – click here
* For a recap & review of the next episode, “eps3.1_undo.gz” – click here
IMG_0304Will we see Tyrell Wellick (Martin Wallström) help the Dark Army enact “Stage 2” finally? Or, will our friendly neighbourhood hacker Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) be able to stop it after he was shot by his supposed friend?
We open on Irving (Bobby Cannavale) arguing with a woman at a fast-food joint called the Red Wheelbarrow about his punch card and its “faulty logic.” He’s a man of principle. He likes order. Quite the unique man.
He’s also been called up to Tyrell’s little HQ, to check on Elliot after the gunshot. Plenty of blood. There’s help on the way, so long as the young man survives. So, on appearance Irving looks like a used card salesman. When in fact he’s so much more, some sort of Dark Army operative, as he’s also given the name of Angela Moss (Portia Doubleday) over the phone by his contact.
IMG_0305Mr. Zhang a.k.a Whiterose (BD Wong) keeps an eye on everything, of course. While others around him believe Elliot and Wellick both are unstable, the man himself is more inclined to watch on with a bit of a curiosity. He speaks about the former Mr. Alderson (Christian Slater). As well as the value of having Elliot around: “His unadulterated, focused rage.” However, it only lasts as long as he’s needed. Then he can die for the Dark Army, “just like his father.”
Oh, my. So much intrigue in only 10 minutes.
When Elliot wakes he finds Angela waiting. He wants to know what’s been happening, realising that Tyrell is indeed alive. Likewise, he discovers the power he once held has dissipated; greatly. He hates Evil Corp, but he doesn’t want to see people die if their facility is blown up. At the same time, the “ever looming presence” that was his father doesn’t feel present anymore.
He goes back to his apartment and finds Darlene (Carly Chaikin), worried about him and where he’s been. He tells her about people outside, likely watching, listening. She fills him in on Cisco’s death. Afterwards, he explains Stage 2, what could happen, the backdoor they infiltrated into E.Corp in the beginning. But it also splits the brother and sister slightly, considering she didn’t know about the plan. All the same, Elliot isn’t well. It wasn’t technically him who did all this, it was the influence of Mr. Robot.
With the power reduce by brownouts, there’s no internet. So, it’s a family outing somewhere Darlene knows they can get access, in hopes Elliot might close the backdoor into E.Corp and stop the planned destruction. They head to a sort of club/internet lounge, a “hacker space.” They’ve got to be careful, though. Could be Dark Army lurking at every turn.
IMG_0307And they’re everywhere.
So is the FBI. Before anyone can get them, Irving picks them up in a cab. They go to talk about Stage 2, and Elliot leaves believing he’s finished it all. Darlene isn’t so sure, and their divide widens. Now, our hacker sees how he’s “fucked society.” Nice play on the fsociety’s original name.
The mental illness angle of Elliot’s character comes out vividly through Sam Esmail’s visuals and his writing. Here, we see a great inward v. outward sequence, as Elliot rants: “What if instead of fighting back we cave, give away our privacy for security, exchange dignity for safety, trade in revolution for repression? What if we choose weakness over strength?” And as he narrates onscreen, walking through a scene doing a theatrical aside, he goes into voice-over narration, too. Great techniques.
Also now we’re seeing Elliot come to grips with having made things worse somehow. People who brand this as a leftist show, and in many ways it is, it doesn’t pull the punches when it comes to exploring how revolution is messy, and it doesn’t always go well, for either side.
They turned our dissent into intellectual property” – a timely line, right?


What does Elliot do from here? He goes to Angela, asking for her to get him a job at E.Corp. To help working from the inside out, to undo the hack, to restore civilisation so they can at least try rebuilding from a better standpoint. Right now, it’s all ruined. On top of that, our hacker asks his old friend to watch out for him, to make sure Mr. Robot doesn’t take over again.
That night, dad does show up. Is Angela taking advantage? Certainly seems that way. And that’s troubling. She’s one of the most unpredictable characters of the series, which is always interesting. However, she’s manipulative right now, telling Mr. Robot things he didn’t know Elliot’s been doing. Shit, this sets up a very compelling plot for Season 3. All of a sudden I can’t help resent Angela a bit, doing this to someone she considers a close friend, someone mentally ill. That’s ugly.
They go meet Irving. Discussing things moving along. The guy doesn’t know all about how things with Elliot and Mr. Robot work, so it’s questionable at first. Soon enough this changes. And who else is there? Tyrell. He feels terrible for having shot his friend. But Mr. Robot understands, for the most part. We see how they’re all manipulating this young, mentally ill hacker to their own ends. Under the guise of friendship. The only one who seems outwardly emotionally affected is Tyrell; that in itself is kind of… creepy. Angela kids herself that she’s actually talking to two different people, and that it’s all for the greater good. In certain ways, she’s as ill as him.
IMG_0314Perfect opener to Season 3. Just a spectacular way to begin, as always. Dig how Mr. Robot finds ways to refresh itself, recharging every so often, in the middle of a season and at the end, too. Esmail’s a genius. This show is a work of art.
“eps3.1_undo.gz” next week.

Fear the Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 13: “This Land Is Your Land”

AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead
Season 3, Episode 13: “This Land Is Your Land”
Directed by Meera Menon
Written by Suzanne Heathcote

* For a recap & review of the previous episode, “Brother’s Keeper” – click here
* For a recap & review of the next episode, “El Matadero” – click here
Pic 1Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) faces a new situation, as a type of leader rather than someone surrounded by those leading. She takes on a new responsibility, with everybody stuck in the pantry bunker. People are worried, some are missing. Outside is the constant gnash of undead teeth, the walkers scratching at the door. There’s also a bite inside, too. Ofelia (Mercedes Mason) and Crazy Dog (Justin Rain) show Alicia they’ve got other troubles, there’s no airflow through their vent. If they don’t do something, they’ll run out of air.
Out in the wilderness, Troy (Daniel Sharman) and Nick (Frank Dillane) are dealing with the aftermath of Jake’s death. They’ve got to figure out a way to help the people in the pantry, or else all is lost. Inside, Alicia and the others plan fast to try getting the air flowing again, and time is slipping, fast. Only way to buy time? “Fewer people.” They’ve got to “put down the bitten” – dark irony, coming from a militia man’s who’s been chomped.
Alicia levels with the others in the pantry about their predicament. She asks people who’ve been bitten to come forward. Nobody moves, until soldier boy reveals his bite to everybody, prompting others to do the same. For Father Gore, this is one of the more unsettling, subtly chilling moments of the entire series. It’s not often even ONE person will admit to their bite, let alone a handful.
Pic 1AStill, it ain’t easy. Some are very troubled by the process. However, one brave man steps up to take his morphine, to then be put down in as humane a way as possible. Alicia and her militia sidekick give him the dose, and after that he’s given quiet death. Although it isn’t so easy for the new leader to do, she takes it like most normal humans would, nearly going to pieces.
But Christine (Linda Gehringer) urges her to keep on going: “I know its Hell, but those people have done their part, you need to do yours.” Heavy is the head that wears the crown. Sadder still, she has to put down her helper when they’ve finished their work. Just dreadful.
Nick and Troy put another grenade in the distance to push the walkers in their desired direction, the latter getting a few thrills from driving through crowds of zombies. Soon, they crash, not far from the military chopper. They manage to get inside before they’re mobbed.
Down in the pantry, Christine and Alicia try keeping their minds busy, talking about their lives before the ranch, the younger of the two talking about the bond she shares with her brother, who’d do anything for her in the world.
Soon, the air quality’s getting bad, people are going unconscious. Alicia can barely see straight, too. Very scary shit. Particularly once she spies someone eating another person, reanimated, hungry. A weakened Alicia manages to pull out her knife, nearly getting a bite herself before falling over and driving her blade through the woman’s head.
That’d be fine, if there weren’t a bunch more people coming back from the dead nearby.
Screen Shot 2017-10-02 at 12.15.37 AMIn the meantime, Crazy Dog and Ofelia are heading through the vent. He nearly hyperventilates, but she calms him down. We discover he was in Iraq, came back likely with PTSD. Occasionally has attacks, like that one. After going further, climbing up a grate, he goes limp and they fall together, a walker tumbling onto her. She has to pull out her gun, blowing its head off. Safe, for now.
Alicia comes to and finds more walkers, all around her. She kills as many as she can, trying to save Christine who’s passed out. Not sure if the old gal will make it either way. But our girl, she’s determined. She gets to one of the assault rifles then starts firing. Bad ass.
Nick and Troy get the chopper started, chopping a few zombie heads off. Eventually they smash the glass and start grabbing for the boys. As Troy’s starting to contemplate one of them using the remaining bullet, an explosion goes off.
Downstairs, Madison (Kim Dickens), Strand (Colman Domingo) come for Alicia, clearing out the rest of the dead. They all leave together. So it’s safe, relatively, again. They’ve got to head out for the damn once again come morning. Walker (Michael Greyeyes) and Madison tell Ofelia about her father being alive, that they’ll take her to see him. Likewise, on the opposite end of the spectrum, Nick must tell Alicia that Jake died after a bite. YET… Nick lies to his sister, for Troy. If only to spare them a big confrontation; that’ll surely come back to kick his ass later.
Problem is, Alicia’s losing faith. She’s lost it, really. She knows there is no place that’s safe, no matter where they go: “We die as quickly together as we do apart. I need to find a way to life, for myself. And I cant do that running in fear.” She wants to go on her own, someplace else, where she and Troy talked about together. And so, the family’s split up, familiar territory for them all. Nick offers to go watch her a while, to make sure she’s safe, scout the surrounding areas.
For everyone, it’s on the road again.
Screen Shot 2017-10-02 at 12.46.49 AMDig this episode. Claustrophobic, terribly creepy at times in that pantry. Lots going on, emotionally and plot-wise. Can’t wait for more with “El Matadero” next week.