— Mr. Robot (@whoismrrobot) April 21, 2016
Not long ago, USA released a tantalizing trailer teasing season 2 of their critically acclaimed drama Mr. Robot. The promo was comprised largely of a voiceover and images of the series' star Rami Malek as the mentally disturbed hacker Elliot Alderson, who was dealing with the fallout of his actions in the season 1 finale. That was combined with a series of graphics intended to reference the motivations of the hacker collective known as fsociety, which perpetrated a hack so extensive it seemed to have had a major impact on the global economy. While the promo certainly got fans of the show excited to see their favorite unreliable narrator back in action, there was one thing the promo failed to do: let viewers know when the second season will premiere.
Thankfully that sort-of trailer was just the first of many for the upcoming season, as USA has released two new promos, both of which just so happen to include Mr. Robot's return date. As it turns out, season 2 will premiere on July 13, 2016, just over a year after the series first premiered and quickly became one of the most talked about new television series in a long time.
Now that the important question of when everyone needs to either free up their calendar or set their DVR has been answered, it's time to turn your attention to the short promos in question. The first made its debut on EW, and is the longer of the two, featuring actual dialogue that tells the audience where the major players left off and perhaps offering a hint as to where the next leg of their journey will begin. While the snippets with Elliot, Darlene (Carly Chaikin), and Angela (Portia Doubleday) are fairly straightforward, it's the glimpses of Tyrell Wellick (Martin Wallström) and Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) that are the most captivating.
— Mr. Robot (@whoismrrobot) April 20, 2016
For one thing, Wellick disappeared at the end of season 1, and following Elliot's extremely unnerving interaction with his wife Joanna (Stephanie Corneliussen), questions were once again raised as to how much of the story can be trusted when told from Elliot's skewed perspective. Of course there's no better representation of the protagonist's fractured psyche than that of Mr. Robot, who lays down the choice phrase "We have other battles to fight." Clearly, Mr. Robot is not done with Elliot, and as such Elliot is not done with his task of saving the world despite having nearly crippled the megacorporation known as Evil Corp.
An official announcement from USA seems to confirm as much:
"Season two picks up after fsociety’s 5/9 hack on Evil Corp and will explore the consequences of the attack, as well as the illusion of control. In addition to Malek and Slater, Portia Doubleday (Angela), Carly Chaikin (Darlene), Martin Wallström (Tyrell), Michael Cristofer (Phillip Price), and Stephanie Corneliussen (Joanna) are onboard for season two, which is currently shooting in New York City."
The second promo strikes a different, somewhat jauntier tone that is nonetheless still a little unnerving. That might have to do with the 20-second clip finding success in making the 1976 Wings hit 'Let 'Em In' into a weird little ditty that reeks of paranoia. As with all the promos, there's not much in the way of new footage or any indication of what the new characters played by Grace Gummer, Craig Robinson, Joey Bada$$, and Chris Conroy will bring to the table, but it will definitely do in a pinch. Regardless of its lack of new footage, the promo is still a great way to remind viewers of the ominous note season 1 ended on (unless Elliot ordered a pizza and just forgot to tell the audience in his head).
Season 2 of Mr. Robot is coming up sooner than expected, which is great because, as the promo reminds everyone: "The Revolution Continues."