Art imitate life… Here is an excerpt of premiere of the second season Mr. Robot, “unm4sk.”
Who is E Corp?
E Corp, known to Elliot by the derogatory name Evil Corp, is one of the largest multi-national conglomerates in the world. Among their enterprises, they manufacture computers, phones, and tablets, and maintain a banking and consumer credit division. According to Mr. Robot, the company owns 70% of the global consumer credit industry, which is whyfsociety has targeted them, and why Mr. Robot recruited Elliot to help them hack into their network.
fsociety is the name of a hacker group based in Coney Island, New York, led by the mysterious Mr. Robot. Its name is a play on both the derelict amusement park building in which it has its headquarters, and their message: “fuck society.”
Here is some of spoiler Wednesday’s episodes of Mr. Robot second season from For The Win:
2. FSOCIETY IS STILL WORKING … ON SOMETHING
The hack is over, but Darlene has realized that nothing at all has changed. The government is bailing out Evil Corp (more on that to come), people are still spending money. It’s cash instead of credit cards, but they still spend — what else do they know how to do?
It’s hard to free people who have no interest in being freed. The remaining members of fsociety are content to pull off meaningless stunts, removing the balls from the bull on Wall St. (That’ll show ’em!) Darlene soldiers on, using her power over the others to try to keep the war alive … even if using that power over them is anathema to the very leaderless society she’s supposedly pursuing. (“You sound like George W. Bush,” an fsociety member says to her.)
After taking over the Evil Corp cheif attorney’s house using her very smart home against her, they launch a plan — they will threaten to bring down Evil Corp again, unless an executive gives them $5.9 million in cash.
The new CTO volunteers, and lugs the duffel bags with him to the designated spot. There, a messenger boy brings him an fsociety mask and some gasoline, and he’s instructed to burn it all. He does so, the burning cash twinkling, reflecting in his dismayed eyes, as Phil Collins’ Take Me Home plays ever so softly in the background.
There’s a fire that’s been burning
Right outside my door
I can’t see but I feel it
And it helps to keep me warm
Those are the words to the song, and it’s a beautiful moment, the crowd gathered around, the cash burning to nothing. We cut to Darlene in the crowd, and her face is hard to read. She accomplished something, again, but as she walks away, you can’t help but think: What, exactly?
3. EVIL CORP IS HANGING ON, BUT BARELY
Evil Corp CEO Phillip Price, dealing with the fallout of the cash fire fiasco, heads to Washington, D.C. to deal with the government, who isn’t bailing him out as fast as he’d like. Like something out of a Bernie Sanders fever dream, Price bullies the government stiffs, mocking them and chastising them like children.
When they suggest he resign in order for them to save face to their constituents, he looks upon them with disgust.
People are idiots, but they need to believe in something. They need to believe in him. “Every day when that market bell rings, we con them into believing in something.” He is the one that gives these people this confidence, the confidence to keep spending. The message is clear enough (Esmail has never been one for subtlety): The finance world is nothing but confidence men, convincing us morons that we all need to keep giving them our money and remaining enslaved to consumerism.
The government has no chance of fighting it. They bend to his power. He is admitting outright he is a fraud, but he’s the American Fraud, and they can do nothing to stop him. He tells one to wipe his face in disgust, and storms out. The man wipes his face.