By | Rachel Brooks
Contributor | Telegraph Local
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Spoiler warning. The following article may contain both major and minor spoilers of Mr. Robot series finale.
The internet is abuzz with the Mr. Robot season finale. Mr. Roboto stars Rami Malek. Citing Deadline, fans are wildly wondering what happened to Malek’s character, Elliot Alderson. Deadline compares this series finale to a season finale of the Sopranos when the audience was left wondering why the screen goes black just as Tony Soprano is having onion rings in a diner with his family.
This season of Mr. Robot has a vague ending that has many noir undertones. It stands to reason. Elliot has spent the duration of the show’s plot battling with his dissociative identity disorder.
Some TV critics, such as Deadline, were wearied by the seeming repetitiveness of the show’s vague distancing from self. Elliot passed through many alternative realities of himself. He passed through perfect realities and Back to the Future like scenarios on his journey to take down Whiterose.
Not all critics agreed that the Mr. Robot finale was too vague or too indistinct. Citing Rolling Stone, Mr. Robot told a much smaller story than it set out to tell in its beginning_and it needed to.
Elliot Anderson learned after the many mirroring reflections of this series finale that he was not Elliot Anderson all along. He was his alternate. An unnamed, angry personality who had hijacked the true Elliot’s body for an entire year. Even so, this Elliot Anderson who set forth had set forth to save the world. For all his bold heroics, Elliot’s mind was the central focus of this psychic science fiction. We can’t call it a psycho-thriller or a hard cider sci-fi epoch. Mr. Robot stands on its own legs as something unto itself.
Rolling Stone felt that this series was a legitimate send-off for the entire program. Styx’s “Mr. Roboto” finally made its way into the soundtrack, for one. It accompanied the main title sequence of the first hour.
We also see Elliot preoccupied with a perfect fantasy version of his world until he learns that something about it is off. Elliot is guided by the conscious of Mr. Robot, who continues to drop in to prompt him off the path of his misguided Odyssey in this dream world. A deep reflection in fantasy versus reality that sends Elliot on the path to the wedding and the quest to dispose of the body of the other Elliot.
Despite the fact that introspection always made Elliot uncomfortable, this show was about as introspective as it gets. The answer to the ongoing question of “Who are you?”_citing the Hollywood Reporter_turns out to be anything but simple. Elliot concludes, “I’m not Elliot. I’m only a part of him.”
Elliot created many different versions of Elliot. Throughout the series, the character’s actions and events had a hand in shaping his many fragments. So, in the series finale, he sits down at last with a figment of his therapist, Krista Gordon, to lay out the many truths of the many faces of Elliot.
What does he learn about himself? The answer isn’t cut and dry. Yet, the key takeaway from Mr. Roboto is the many-faceted thoughts it leaves its audience about their own identities. Are we ourselves or only a piece of us? That reflective headspace gave this series its charm and will leave it haunting viewers for a while yet.