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Mr. Robot is all in Elliot's head. He is, in fact, Elliot's mental construct of a version of his father who had died years ago. Darlene confirms in eps1.8 (episode 9), that Elliot is the one who founded FSociety. So, in the show, Mr. Robot, we're falling down the rabbit hole that is Elliot's mind. As the unreliable narrator of the show, we experience what ...


21

According to this article, which quotes the words of the creator of the show (Sam Esmail), the Evil Corp is based on Enron. And by the way, Esmail told us that the “E” in Evil Corp is “totally the Enron logo.” Then he laughed. “It’s not like they’re going to sue us for it.”


17

One of the main themes of the season 2 premier was that "control is an illusion." We think of people in bondage as being the submissive ones, but it is later revealed that it's actually Joanna who has control over the guy she is having sex with. I think this scene adds on to the theme of control.


14

Being a nurse, I administer opiate medication on a daily basis. MS Contin is actually controlled release or time released morphine. This drug is not very common anymore. I find it a bit odd that the show's creator chose morphine as Elliott's drug of choice. Oxycodone/Oxycontin and Hydrocodone (Percocet and Vicodin) are prescribed more regularly and these ...


13

As per TV/Film standard much of the technical details are based in reality but only loosely. Many of the overall terms are appropriate but their use is exaggerated in terms of power and time-to-use. Certainly the first scene on episode 1 where he 'shops in' the pornographer would be perfectly easy to execute as would be the 'phone hack' when he calls up the ...


9

They intentionally left out some details in order to keep things technically possible. To add to the other comments: A hacker's comfort zone is in front of the computer so to me it seems highly unrealistic that Elliot will just go to Steel mountain, pass through several levels of security, talk with strangers and risk to get caught. He was not afraid to be ...


9

Obviously the show is a work of fiction, so a lot of liberties are taken with plot elements for the sake of good storytelling. But the reason the show is so compelling is precisely because many of the things these hackers do is technically plausible, even if their plan is too ambitious to actually succeed in real life, too complex to be carried out by only ...


9

Vera treats Shayla like she's his property. He even tells Elliot in an earlier episode not to touch her because she belongs to Vera. She's a piece of his empire. When Elliot tries to use Vera's money against him as a bargaining chip (by hacking Vera's brother's cell phone), Vera decides to burn it all to the ground and start over. Vera doesn't have any more ...


8

Tyrell is constantly being ridiculed by his wife but, being the weak one in their relationship, he has to take it. When he realizes that he can actually hurt Sharon after she's been ridiculing him too, he can't stop himself. Btw, he was goaded by his wife into confronting Sharon again, so it's also a way of asserting himself in his couple.


8

White Rose was frustrated with the delays in getting her project moved to the Congo. When Elliot announced that he had hacked the Dark Army and come up with a plan that could get the project moved to the Congo quickly, she was intrigued, and changed her mind about killing him. As Elliot said: I pulled off something in ONE DAY that you've been trying to ...


8

The second image - the picture from Billions - is a work of art by John Baldessari from 1988, called Astronauts and Businessmen. Baldessari, besides being the "guy who puts dots over people's faces" (a well-known phrase from the artist himself), is also famous for juxtaposing words and images in his artworks, and often subverts or emphasizes the power of the ...


7

The logical answer is yes, they should have been caught. Suspension of disbelief is a common narrative technique. As both of our beliefs didn't quite get extended far enough in this scene, an answer could be that they simply failed to "sell it". However, Eliot's tenuous grip on reality is a major element of the show, so it's possible some or all of that ...


7

Warning: answer is basically spoilers She didn't do it to avoid being a victim of identity theft, she knew that as her identity and bank accounts were compromised, there was always going to be the blackmail risk or risk of betrayal from the thief. She did it as a way of ruining her boyfriend's life. Her boyfriend was the one who's actions lead to her ...


7

I don't believe there is a real world basis for the interrogation technique. This interview of a Mr. Robot writer has some insight into the meaning and reasoning behind this interrogation technique. The questionnaire in the game is designed to gauge how malleable Angela is. I actually love how the game's questions and the content of the phone call are ...


6

While finishing the episode, I remembered who it was: From S01E05, Elliot is forced to belittle (the scene was horrifying to watch) him: Elliot: Think about it, Bill. Bill: Think about what? Elliot: If you died, would anyone care? Would they really care? Yeah, maybe they'd cry for a day, but, let's be honest, no one would give a shit. They ...


6

This is explained at Wikipedia When police question the Wellicks about Sharon's murder, Joanna secretly breaks her own water with a fork to distract them. I won't get into the gory gynocological details but it's definitely hardcore. This is a procedure usually carried out by a medical professional or doctor. If your water is being broken under the ...


5

He does not care about Colby's prison sentence. The reason for going back to fsociety is because his father and Angela's mother died because of the decisions made by inconsiderate people like Colby who work for E Corp and Elliot was a kid back then, now that facts are revealed on TV, Elliot wants revenge on E Corp for his father's death and goes back to ...


5

Did anyone think of Apple or Samsung because when Elliot says about Evil corp for the first time in season 1 premiere they show a monitor, phone, laptop and tablet. Where the Tablet and Laptop looks like an iPad and a Macbook and the Monitor and Phone can be compared to Samsung Monitor and Phones.


5

Yes they use IRC. It's a common communication method for hackers and devious sorts. IRL the hacking semi-group Anonymous uses/used it. The TV show even set up a augmented reality game using the IRC channel that Elliot uses in the show. It doesn't need to be encrypted as they are talking in code and route through multiple servers to reach it. But IRC does ...


5

There’s a powerful group of people out there that are secretly running the world. I’m talking about the guys no one knows about, the guys that are invisible. The top 1% of the top 1%, the guys that play God without permission. And now I think they’re following me. This scene at the beginning of the first episode of Mr. Robot, 'eps1.0_hellofriend.mov', ...


5

I'm not convinced that White Rose's plan is entirely evil, so your premise may be flawed. (Well, clearly the means by which they go about it is evil, but the characters may feel it's justified to right what they perceive as wrongs.) We don't yet know enough about what the ultimate goal is to say one way or the other. She's talked about undoing all the bad ...


4

Yes there are connections with fight club for Tone and camera movement (as explained in this article) and also the very basic concept of talking to himself. There are also connections with other movies as you can see in the link. Also according to this article: In the film, Edward Norton’s narrator tells us an entire story — then proves to be ...


4

I find myself ambivalent as to technical realism in Mr Robot. One example of each: (good) I'm a software developer by trade, and I watched the pieces of code being presented. They did their due diligence, it always looked like actual code with meaning behind it. (bad) When Elliot first meets FSociety, he asks if "this is where they meet AFK" (meaning in the ...


4

No, Ray and his site are not an illusion. Ray is the jail warden where Elliot has been imprisoned. Elliot is in prison for stealing Lenny's dog. Lenny is Krista's ex-boyfriend. The police comes to arrest Elliot in Season 2 Episode 9. The knock on Elliot's door was the police to arrest him for hacking Lenny, Krista's ex, and stealing his dog. He pleads ...


4

The servers were not just being DDoSed, there was a rootkit installed on the network, which was part of the server startup sequence, causing them to crash over and over every time Elliot or Lloyd restarted them. Elliot explains they need to take the servers down and wipe/reinstall them in order to clear out the rootkits. Gideon (Allsafe owner) takes Elliot ...


3

While they use a logo similar to Enron's, the nature of the company's size and reach is much closer to General Eectric. The toxic waste scandal which they reference is akin to the large environmental mess that GE caused and is addressing in the Hudson among others.


3

No. IP is not a hard evidence to frame someone. You know, PCs all over the world change IP dynamically and too often, tracking someone isn't impossible, but you have to target him and watch his moves, closely. Due to the architecture of internet, when someone connects to a server, this request hoping around nodes all over the world to reach its destination....


3

There is no direct evidence that Darlene can read Chinese. However, the image of her asleep, which she sees on the screen, sent in a chat with someone could be the reason why she hit him with the bat. The subtitles was for the audience to understand (and probably confuse).


3

I've got another possible explanation after the events that happened in Ep 5 of Season 2.


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