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10/10
Perfectly mixes great character scenes and violent climaxes
This episode contains three abrupt and violent scenes that each serve to tie off or complicate a particular plot. The horror and realism of these scenes are greatly enhanced by the cinematography, which is outstanding.

I've noticed that this season has an odd approach to introducing characters; it doesn't really do anything to introduce them. They just sort of show up. The viewer is supposed to fill in what gaps they can and wait for more information. That's a great tactic in moderation, but when used too much it becomes extremely disorienting and prevents the viewer from investing in the character. Some examples are Kareem, DiPierro, the guy with a reddened eye, and Ray (although I actually appreciated it in his case). The thing that I really like about this episode is that it takes leaps and bounds in both explaining these plots and wrapping them up.

For instance, DiPierro (whose introduction was a strange scene in a convenience store that I still do not fully understand) has grown to be one of my favourite characters on the show, in no small part due to this episode. She and others from the FBI travel to China where they meet Whiterose. The two of them have a really great scene together; the actors have a lot of chemistry, and the writing is on point. The contrast of a masculine woman and an effeminate man plays very well on screen. Some of the dialogue makes me begin to wonder if Whiterose has a split personality. There is a lot of evidence to support it, and yet perhaps it would be too similar to the situation with Elliot.

There were lots of other great character scenes in this one, too many to go over. It looks like episode five (if you count both parts of the premiere as one) is going to be the big hack, which parallels the fact that episode five of season one was also a big hack episode. Perhaps that will be an inter-season tradition. Like how the ninth episode of every other Game of Thrones season is a big battle episode.
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10/10
Something is brewing...
medina-432473 August 2016
Until the last couple of episodes we had seen a very fast (and often confusing) unfolding of events, this has now switched to a more paced, friendly development which now allows spectators to really appreciate character development, which is IMO has been severely underrated and has provided us with a plethora of interesting and driven characters, something that perhaps was missing during season 1.

This episode is probably the best so far in this season, the plot is getting thicker everywhere, you are not completely sure about what is going on at times which keeps you on the edge of your seat. This episode seems pivotal for story development and as always cinematography and music are on point.
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8/10
Dominique's investigation heads to China, Elliot snoops into Ray's business, and Angela technically joins F-Society.
Amari-Sali6 August 2016
Warning: Spoilers
Trigger Warning(s): Gun Violence | Needles

Main Plot (with Commentary)

Topic 1: Surrounded By Incompetence & Fools (Dominique)

Dominique, long ago, had a chance for romance. However, she decided to run from a proposal and work her way up in the FBI instead. A job in which people are constantly messing with evidence and making it inadmissible. But, with a trip to China, to forge a coalition to figure out the culprits behind the 5/9 attack, she finds herself coming face to face with White Rose. Well, White Rose's alter ego Minister of State Security Zhang.

|Commentary|

You have to admit that Minister Zhang being White Rose makes so much sense, in terms of why White Rose was speaking in a masculine tone to Mr. Price. However, what doesn't necessarily make sense is why both Zhang and Dominique open up to each other? Why does Zhang show Dominique his "sister's" clothing and her bedroom? Granted, in the last scene we see Dominique her colleagues are massacred, but who is to say with, I'm sure, both Minister Zhang and White Rose desiring discretion, they had an active role?

Then with Dominique confiding in Zhang, again you ask why? Is it she wants someone to know her story? I mean, "the mask" is a consistent theme of this season so it could be as Zhang was revealing her mask Dominique was revealing hers. The one she wore when trying to be the girlfriend, a future wife, and mother, but once it became clear that was a real possibility, she threw that mask off and ran. Something, I think, she might regret just a little bit.

Topic 2: This Is For Your Own Protection (Darlene and Angela)

Darlene loves her big brother, so if she has to work with Angela to keep him from being targeted by the FBI for the 5/9 attack, she will. Thankfully, though, being that she could go down too and because Ollie is making passive threats, Angela agrees to help. Elliot isn't happy about it, but with Angela just needing to plant a device on the floor the FBI leases from Evil Corp, it seems like an easy, though potentially dangerous, job.

|Commentary|

With every step, Angela's mask seems to be tightening. Perhaps it was uncomfortable at first, but with her taking it off less and less you can see she is growing used to it. The problem with that is, a simple mask or a change in attitude, can't really prepare you for F- Society. So even though Angela has been an accessory before, now she is a fully engaged and active participant. Especially with Darlene having her meet some of the core members of F-Society.

Leading to two quick questions: The first being, is Darlene trying to make that guy who took a picture with the Wall Street Bull's testicles a fall guy or should we take him seriously? Second, realistically could Elliot's dreams for him and Angela ever really come true?

Topic 3: You Know Far Too Much (Elliot)

As Elliot hacks the FBI on Ray's computer, he still has the job Ray asked him to do. Something which leads him to ask for Ray's former guy, RT, to get involved. Someone who shows up with bruises and injuries and this leads to Elliot asking questions and discovering Ray is operating a black market. One which sells drugs, girls, hit-man, and weapons.

Ray discovers Elliot knows and with him snooping comes Elliot getting his ass whooped. Likely making it where, like RT, Elliot is now at Ray's beck and call, unless he figures out a way to get that season 1 type of justice on Ray.

|Commentary|

There is always the need for a fall guy. Someone has to be the walls of defense for the hackers when people start snooping around. For a minute it seemed Elliot/ Mr. Robot was going to use Ray as a fall guy. However, that plan went to hell once Elliot met RT and started asking questions. Lest we forget, when we met Elliot he was hacking for justice. But now with this discovery you are left wondering what is Elliot, much less Mr. Robot, to do? If Elliot dies or is forced to work on other things besides these grand schemes Mr. Robot has, that is a problem. So let's see how Ray ends up disposed of since I don't think Robinson is due back for season 3.

-Things to Note-

~Ms. Wellick has her formerly paid off liability, Kareem, killed. Also, Tyrell may have sent a gift for the baby. As well as send some sort of sign that he is close by.

-Highlights- ~Dominique and her FBI team being part of a shootout with a currently unidentified group.

-Low Points-

~Ms. Wellick remaining just someone who reminds us Tyrell is out there somewhere. Doing what, who knows?

-On The Fence-

~Elliot learning Ray is into some black market stuff, and getting beat up for knowing, has me on the fence. Elliot is a hacker and while this show has always had violence, Elliot hasn't really been the victim. His battles were always with Mr. Robot so I can't say Ray being his opposition is neither a welcomed or undesirable change. It shakes things up, for sure, but only time will tell if it is for the better or not.

~Angela becoming, sort of, part of FSociety is weird to me. That and Darlene introducing her to the crew. I mean, one complaint I had in the past was how separate her story felt early in the season, but now I have grown to like that for it gave some form of normalcy to the season. Now that option is gone and who knows what lies ahead.
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10/10
The most delightfully implausible pairing ever!
bmcraec18 August 2017
Warning: Spoilers
Never mind that an forensic information tech FBI Agent would likely NOT get sent on a mission to China, the possibility of being alone with the Head of State Security for the People's Republic of China in his bedroom, discussing frocks, while an international diplomatic party is going on downstairs could not be more impossible, it could not also be more delightful.
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