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Old 08-01-16, 10:04 AM
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Re: Mr. Robot (USA) - Season 2 Discussion Thread - premieres 7/13/16

I steered clear of this thread until I watched the first four eps, and though I am loving this I am honestly surprised at the overall 'meh' vibe from others.

I find this show extremely fascinating, and I love the way the timeline sometimes flips around.
To each his/her own, but I'm digging this show...a lot.
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Re: Mr. Robot (USA) - Season 2 Discussion Thread - premieres 7/13/16

Originally Posted by Pointyskull View Post

I find this show extremely fascinating, and I love the way the timeline sometimes flips around.
To each his/her own, but I'm digging this show...a lot.
I like the show because its one of the few shows on TV you really don't know where it's headed. Too many shows on TV today are just too obvious with it's plot, or they are using deaths of characters to keep it interesting.

Mr. Robot is different (definetly this season) and it's not for everyone (I still can't get anyone I know to watch it), but I like it cause it so different compared to most shows on TV today.
Old 08-01-16, 11:02 AM
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Different is good. Laborious to watch is bad.

I've watched many films and TV shows which were "different" and felt engaged the whole time. Mr. Robot feels like a chore right now after its first season felt exhilarating. That's a failing of the show, not the viewers.
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Re: Mr. Robot (USA) - Season 2 Discussion Thread - premieres 7/13/16

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That's a failing of the show, not the viewers.
And of course - a matter of opinion...
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I'm hanging in there.....barely. The narrative just isn't working at this point and I frankly don't see the point of any of the new characters they've introduced. Being esoteric cause you think you're smarter than the audience has been done before....and hasn't turned out well.
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Re: Mr. Robot (USA) - Season 2 Discussion Thread - premieres 7/13/16

For me, just one change that would improve the show tremendously is editing each episode down from 65 minutes to around 45 - there's a lot of fat to trim, before and after filming. A tighter 45 minutes for these episodes would help out a lot of the issues I have. Way too bloated as they are now.
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For me, just one change that would improve the show tremendously is editing each episode down from 65 minutes to around 45 - there's a lot of fat to trim, before and after filming. A tighter 45 minutes for these episodes would help out a lot of the issues I have. Way too bloated as they are now.
I totally agree on this.

Originally Posted by bunkaroo View Post
Different is good. Laborious to watch is bad.

I've watched many films and TV shows which were "different" and felt engaged the whole time. Mr. Robot feels like a chore right now after its first season felt exhilarating. That's a failing of the show, not the viewers.
I get what you're saying, as I thought this was a problem with The Sopranos in the later seasons. Especially 'The Test Dream' episode where Tony has this 17 minute dream sequence that I don't what the hell David Chase was trying to convey.

I'm hoping all of this stuff with Elliot and Mr. Robot will payoff later in the season, so I'm willing to just go with the story right now. But if it's gets too preachy like The Sopranos and they're just fucking with the audience, that's when it gets insulting.
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For me, just one change that would improve the show tremendously is editing each episode down from 65 minutes to around 45 - there's a lot of fat to trim, before and after filming. A tighter 45 minutes for these episodes would help out a lot of the issues I have. Way too bloated as they are now.
100% agree.
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Originally Posted by slop101 View Post
For me, just one change that would improve the show tremendously is editing each episode down from 65 minutes to around 45 - there's a lot of fat to trim, before and after filming. A tighter 45 minutes for these episodes would help out a lot of the issues I have. Way too bloated as they are now.
Also agreed. This may be what's magnifying the other flaws of the season.
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Re: Mr. Robot (USA) - Season 2 Discussion Thread - premieres 7/13/16

Originally Posted by slop101 View Post
For me, just one change that would improve the show tremendously is editing each episode down from 65 minutes to around 45 - there's a lot of fat to trim, before and after filming. A tighter 45 minutes for these episodes would help out a lot of the issues I have. Way too bloated as they are now.
+1

Every episode this season would have been stronger with tighter editing and faster pacing. The ponderous direction is adding a steep cost to watching these episodes.

Esmail has too much control over every aspect of Mr. Robot. There is obviously no one telling him 'no' over these issues.
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Re: Mr. Robot (USA) - Season 2 Discussion Thread - premieres 7/13/16

I like this season, but yeah, 100% agree with slop101.

I guess Esmail tried to reference The Seventh Seal with the chess scene...

There's a Vulture article, after the first episode, where they talk about a theory on where Elliot is right now. It's similar, but more extended, to what was commented in spoilers a few days ago here.
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Season 2 HAS been a chore so far. Though the basketball 'yard' & diner/cafeteria (he never sits in the same place) scenes do make more sense now.

I'm not going to claim I'm going to stop watching though.
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I have no clue what is happening in this show.
I've never seen a show where so much stuff is happening, but nothing really happens. It's crazy.
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I've never seen a show where so much stuff is happening, but nothing really happens. It's crazy.
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Re: Mr. Robot (USA) - Season 2 Discussion Thread - premieres 7/13/16

Has anyone else checked out the 8 min+ version of the "The Careful Massacre of the Bourgeoisie"? Worth it for the final few seconds alone. I had a boombox almost exactly like the one that gets splattered with blood. Slightly different speaker tops but it was a JVC.

https://www.whoismrrobot.com/massacre/
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Re: Mr. Robot (USA) - Season 2 Discussion Thread - premieres 7/13/16

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Has anyone else checked out the 8 min+ version of the "The Careful Massacre of the Bourgeoisie"? Worth it for the final few seconds alone. I had a boombox almost exactly like the one that gets splattered with blood. Slightly different speaker tops but it was a JVC.

https://www.whoismrrobot.com/massacre/
Yes I did and I loved it! i would buy that whole movie if if existed.

I have really liked this season, and the last episode was really fantastic. I had no idea anyone disliked this season until I skimmed through this thread. Oh well. Different strokes.
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Re: Mr. Robot (USA) - Season 2 Discussion Thread - premieres 7/13/16

Last night's episode was a little better. Being 50 minutes instead of 65 certainly helped. The shootout was every effectively filmed.

There's definitely something "off" about where Elliot is and what he's up to with those guys.
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Last night's episode was a little better. Being 50 minutes instead of 65 certainly helped. The shootout was every effectively filmed.

There's definitely something "off" about where Elliot is and what he's up to with those guys.
Decided to catch up last night. I was happy to see it was shorter. Still a lot of drag. The framing is really starting to get annoying. Every character lives in the bottom corner of the frame.
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Re: Mr. Robot (USA) - Season 2 Discussion Thread - premieres 7/13/16

http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/201...august-3-2016/

Starting to think that Mr. Robot might be in danger of getting cancelled. Last nights episode didn't even rate in the Top 100 cable shows. It's ratings are approaching hash marks.

Huge ratings collapse for a critically acclaimed show.
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Re: Mr. Robot (USA) - Season 2 Discussion Thread - premieres 7/13/16

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And of course - a matter of opinion...
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http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/201...august-3-2016/
Huge ratings collapse for a critically acclaimed show.
Looks like it could be an opinion that's shared by the a lot of people who used to watch it.
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probably because nobody knows what the fuck is going on and bailed.
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Re: Mr. Robot (USA) - Season 2 Discussion Thread - premieres 7/13/16

Yeah, if this was airing during a busy TV season, I'd drop it like a hot potato. As it is, this is maybe one of 3 shows a week I'm watching right now, so I'm only sticking with it because there's not much else going on.
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probably because nobody knows what the fuck is going on and bailed.
Or weren't willing to wait half a season for something...anything to happen.
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Next week is make it or break it for me. This last one felt like work to get through even with the shortened run time.
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I guess I'm sticking with it because I never felt it was one of the greatest shows last year. I really enjoyed Season 1, but I never put it next to my current favorite shows like 'The American's' or 'Game of Thrones.' It is a show that I catch on DVR when I have time, and even though I never know what is going on in the show, I still enjoy it and like all of the characters too. But I do understand why fans are bailing.

I do wonder about the current TV model when you see ratings for Mr. Robot, and how it can sustain itself? I know 'The American's is the same way as it doesn't get great ratings, but is critically acclaimed. I worry that these networks start bailing on shows like this for more reality shows and guilty pleasure shows.

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