Hello, Elliot (Mr. Robot)

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Hello, Elliot (Mr. Robot)
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Goodbye, Friend.
Series: Mr. Robot
Part of Season: 4
Episode Number: 12 and 13
Air Date: December 22, 2019
Writer: Sam Esmail
Director: Sam Esmail
Previous episode: eXit

This whole time, I thought changing the world was something you did, an act you performed, something you fought for. I don't know if that's true anymore.
What if changing the world was just about being here, by showing up no matter how many times we get told we don't belong, by staying true even when we're shamed into being false, by believing in ourselves even when we're told we're too different? And if we all held on to that, if we refuse to budge and fall in line, if we stood our ground for long enough, just maybe...

The world can't help but change around us.
Even though we'll be gone, it's like Mr. Robot said.
We'll always be a part of Elliot Alderson.
And we'll be the best part, because we're the part that always showed up.
We're the part that stayed.
We're the part that changed him.

And who wouldn't be proud of that?
Elliot's (The Mastermind) final monologue.

whoami and Hello, Elliot are the twelfth and thirteenth episodes of season 4 and the overall series finale of Mr. Robot. The episodes have been often cited as some of the greatest finales in television history.

Why They Rock

  1. Creating a series finale for a show that ran for 4 years with stunning cinematography and an excellent story was pretty hard, and yet, these two episodes managed to give one of the greatest series finales in television history.
  2. Both episodes are known for giving two of the most shocking plot twists in the entire show and some of the most shocking plot twists in the history of television:
    1. The Elliot we all knew, the lonely Elliot who suffers from social and mental disorders, is actually one of the real Elliot's personalities: the Mastermind.
    2. The fact that Darlene knew the Elliot we rooted for wasn't the real Elliot all along.
    3. The fact that the show managed to reveal this plot twist without alienating the viewers is surprising because Sam Esmail actually planned this plot twist from the beginning and the execution was excellent
  3. Brings back plenty of beloved characters (even deceased ones) as different versions, such as Angela Moss, Tyrell Wellick, Phillip Price, Whiterose, and so on.
  4. The Mastermind's final monologue is amazing.
  5. Both episodes did an excellent job of switching the show's focus from hacking to emotions without being oddly distracting.
  6. Amazing cinematography, almost comparable to the famous 407 Proxy Authentication Required.
  7. Rather than just showing the real Elliot at the end of the show, it never shows it and instead, we see it in his first-person view, with Darlene appearing and saying "Hello, Elliot". This was highly praised because it shows how people can be afraid of showing their true selves.
  8. The final episode's famous lines: Hello, Elliot and Goodbye, Friend.
  9. The final scene it switches from Elliot's personality to the Real Elliot's vision. Enough said.
  10. The show also revealed that there are 5 personalities of the Real Elliot, such as:
    1. The Protector – Mr. Robot
    2. The Persecutor – Elliot’s Mom
    3. Elliot’s Younger Self
    4. The Friend – The Audience
    5. The Mastermind
  11. Come on, this only works if you let go too.

Reception

Both episodes received widespread critical acclaim by critics and audiences and praised the insane shocking plot twists (especially the final one) without alienating the viewers. IGN gave Hello, Elliot a 9.2/10, praising the cinematography, the excellent plot twists, and the show doing an awesome job in switching the show's focus.

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