In season two, we start off with a flashback to Elliot’s childhood. He’s in the hospital from the accident and we transition from a brain scan, with his heart monitor slowing down, into a song with the same tempo and a notebook with the pattern resembling the image of his brain. Then, on beat, the title card pops up as the song gains momentum and Elliot gets up. I cannot fucking explain this in a way that does it justice, these transitions are fucking immaculate.
There is another scene similar to this that is fantastic in many aspects, especially visually, but it is also a spectacular example of the show’s world building. Season 1 Episode Six, Mr. Robot Computer Repair Shop, gradually becomes an Evil Corp bank as time passes on another title card sequence. Or the entirety of the “New Sensation” montage, of Elliot taking his medication, riding the subway with a bizarre neutral yellow emoticon head (This sentence makes more sense with context but it’s an unintentionally hilarious segment) as he attends meetings to hack and arrest higher-ups of the company, taking them down internally whilst accomplishing his mission to stop Stage Two’s execution.
As I mentioned, the whole emoji thing seems to have been a serious attempt at social criticism whilst maintaining relatability, but it is so odd that it has becomes one of my favourite instances of unintentional comedy. When Elliot looks in the mirror and his head is inexplicably transformed into a crying emoji with a single tear, with the familiar melancholic narration used throughout the series. It’s such a ludicrous moment in the series and I find it incredibly bizarre and humorous. Otherwise, it’s a fantastic sequence with such an adept cinematic presence.
I think my favourite episode has to be Season 2 Episode 6, the sit-com episode. It’s an escapist setting in Elliot’s mind created for Mr. Robot to protect Elliot from what is happening to him in the real world, however, it’s twisted and confounding, with Elliot feeling trapped and bemused by the “ characters’ ” odd statements and behaviours, as well as the off-putting audience reactions and events of the fake episode. Such behaviours and situations include Magda Alderson’s abuse of her children bleeding through the initial facade of a regular 80s sit-com and an abducted man in the car’s trunk on the family road trip to an unspecified location.
Tyrell's appearance in this episode is disturbingly comedic, which matches the overall vibe to this entire episode. I simply adore it in a way I can’t quite explain. The fake show is truly bizarre, but eventually resolved in the final moments of the episode and the show returns back to its normal genre. Something I noticed that was odd was that, in the credits, Angela is at her mother’s funeral, which is dedicated to a “Jane Moss,” despite her mother's name being Emily.