Mr. Robot season 4 premiere recap: Unauthorized

MR. ROBOT -- "Unauthorized" Episode 401 -- Pictured: (l-r) Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, Christian Slater as Mr. Robot -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Fisher/USA Network)
MR. ROBOT -- "Unauthorized" Episode 401 -- Pictured: (l-r) Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, Christian Slater as Mr. Robot -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Fisher/USA Network) /

After two years, Mr. Robot is back! But will the hacker’s intriguing and mysterious life still be a topic of interest to us? Let’s discuss.

Mr. Robot has come back to air its fourth and final season after being on break for about two years. When a show does, it’s often hard to 1) remember what the heck happened when we last watched, and 2) to care about what happened because it’s been so long. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Mr. Robot and Rami Malek fan, but something felt a bit off about the season 4 premiere.

As the episode barely kicks off, we lose a major character as she’s shot in the back of her head. It’s completely unexpected but it felt like it didn’t make the impact it should have. This is Angela we’re talking about. Of course, the show had been sort of building up to this moment but again, the hiatus sort of killed that momentum. Nonetheless, I was still sitting there shocked and surprised because I definitely did not see that coming so early on in the final season. If only she had listened to Papa Price and stopped talking.

We shift from that morbid Mr. Robot beginning to meeting a man named Freddy. Our first impression of him is a horrendous one when we first meet him at a holiday party. He receives some sort of CD and when he pops it in to watch it, it’s a video of him being inappropriate with a young girl via webcam. Ugh, I told you it was horrendous.

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Right then he gets a call from Mr. Robot who threatens him to listen to what he’s saying, otherwise, that video is about to land him in jail. After following the list of instructions, Freddy ends up on a train at Grand Central where Elliot is waiting for him. Hi, old friend!

It turns out that Whiterose has been using Freddy to “help” him with his money, and Elliot has him backed in a corner. Worse yet, Freddy realizes he is basically SOL, and there is no guarantee that Elliot can provide him with any protection from Whiterose. The alternative? Freddy takes his own life before anyone else can. Body count: 2.

It seems like the season 4 premiere isn’t great for anyone, particularly Dom. She’s living with her mom wrapped in a constant of paranoia and inebriation. But it’s not entirely her fault as someone from the Dark Army comes over for dinner at her house, and we’re not exactly sure how she got there. But she means all the harm in the world, so Dom has to get a hold of herself!

And then there’s Elliot, who has just lost his childhood best friend to Whiterose. It’s no surprise that his one and only mission now is to bring Whiterose down–at any cost.

Darlene is quite the hot mess too and refuses to believe that Angela is actually dead. But Elliot doesn’t have time to console her, because he’s on the hunt for a man named John Garcin, a name he got from the late Freddy. But when Elliot shows up at Garcin’s apartment, it looks like an IKEA setup with price tags attached to each piece of furniture. So, is John Garcin not real?


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While in Garcin’s apartment, a group of men storm in and take Elliot hostage. When he comes to, he’s surrounded by a group of men, one of which is Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail! Also, did anyone catch Esmail’s wife, Emmy Rossum in the episode? She was singing in the choir!

It’s unclear what they drug Elliot with but he falls to the ground and has visions of moments from his life until he awakes once again–to Philip Price. Oh snaps, what’s about to go down here?!

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Okay, so the season 4 premiere wasn’t horrible, but it just lacked the “oomph” quality it normally does. I’m going to chalk it off to the long hiatus reducing the sense of excitement. But hey, now that we’re officially back again, here’s hoping the final season gives us everything we could have ever wanted!

Mr. Robot airs new episodes every Sunday on USA at 10 PM EST!