Season one of Mr. Robot was a massive success, receiving rave reviews and resulting in an Emmy for lead star Rami Malek.
But when Sam Esmail took over in season two, it wasn’t quite same.
His writing and directing was somewhat lacklustre, and it’s safe to say it left people feeling a little weary heading into the new season.
So what exactly can fans expect? Here’s what the critics have to say about the upcoming season three.
Warning, potential (minor) spoilers ahead.
“Season three finds both Elliot and Mr. Robot more focused in their efforts to get back to the way things used to be,” says Alan Sepinwall from Uproxx.
“For Elliot, it’s undoing the hack that erased EvilCorp’s loan records…and for Mr. Robot, it’s going back to the more propulsive, less introspective mode of the first season, after large chunks of the second took place entirely inside Elliot’s head.”
Liz Miller from IndieWire says, “Establishing that Elliot and Mr. Robot are individual personalities, a whole new dynamic between those characters and others in their sphere has been established, one which takes the base level ‘Fight Club’-esque relationship introduced in Season 1 and really goes to town.”
Fans can expect to be introduced to new characters, while reviews suggest Bobby Cannavale’s character ‘Irving’ is an excellent addition to the show.
Sepinwall (Uproxx) says, “Cannavale’s a treat, in full character actor mode, sporting a pencil moustache and a spiky pompadour, coupled with a high-pitched outer-borough accent.”
Todd VanDerWerff from Voxx adds, “Irving is such a self-evidently ridiculous character that he brings an element of levity to every scene he appears in.”
Old habits die hard. For Esmail, his love for long, uninterrupted takes continues. Luckily for him, critics are happy with how he’s captured scenes in the new season.
Darren Franich from Entertainment Weekly says, “The premiere features one of Esmail’s now-trademark long takes, a hallucinatory walk through an underground hacker club.
“Part of the pleasure of season 3 is how Esmail resets the show’s psycho-thriller interiority in recognisably modern surroundings.”
“There’s some groundbreaking work on display here… should you choose to engage,” says Miller (IndieWire).
Just like many other shows in America at the moment, Mr. Robot has included Trump-related content and jokes – and for a show based in 2015, critics are saying it’s a little much.
VanDerWerff (Vox) says, “Its commentary on Trump often feels clumsy and ill-advised… [it] tends to feel like an artifact from another place and time, one picked up through accidental transmissions that somehow permeated into our present day.”
Miller (IndieWire) concurs, saying, “From a key monologue in the first episode, followed by many subsequent elements, Esmail ensures that Trump’s presence is felt on a deep, almost self-indulgent level.”
Overall, Sepinwall (Uproxx) says, “Both character and show are in a more promising place when we return to them. Mr. Robot may never again be as shiny and sleek as it was in its debut, but it’s become easier to focus on the many things it does so very well.”
The season 3 premiere hits screens in the US at 10pm, October 11th.