Mr. Robot is one of the most fascinating and intense shows on TV, and one of my favorite parts about the show is that you sometimes don’t know if what you’re watching is real or some type of dream sequence. After all, the main character has a hallucinated alter ego who happens to be his dead father, so there’s going to be some confusion once in awhile. That’s what makes the trailers so insane, because a lot of what we’re seeing might not actually be happening this season, but for the time being we have to take what we’re watching at face value. Needless to say, there is a shit ton happening. Season 3 premieres October 11.
Every time I see Pedro Pascal’s Agent Pena on screen during Narcos, I weep a little inside thinking about how great Oberyn Martell could have continued to be on Game of Thrones. I know Oberyn’s life expectancy was short, especially when he decided to challenge Gregor Clegane, but Pascal was a high point whenever he was on screen. Thankfully the people behind Narcos saw that too, because he looks to be the focal point of season 3, which streams September 1st. Few shows could lose their main villain (and main character) after two seasons, but few shows tackle a subject as insane and interesting as the cocaine trade in the 1980s. When Pablo Escobar was killed, the Cali Cartel stepped in and took drug smuggling to new heights. Season 3 will focus on law enforcement vs. the cartel, which has been a recipe for success over the last two seasons. Season 3 shouldn’t be any different.
Very few shows set a quick, decisive tone like Mr. Robot, and judging from this teaser trailer, season 3 (which premieres October 11th) will be just as fucked up as the first two seasons. The teaser is simple yet fascinating: Phillip Price, the CEO of E. Corp and the prototypical selfish, greedy Wall Street businessman, is the voice reading the lyrics of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Democracy’ while we watch scenes of chaos from season 3 unfold. The main focuses of this season will be similar to season 2, as the show deals with the fall out from Tyrell shooting Elliot, plus the budding financial relationship between Whiterose & E. Corp with the FBI hot on their trail. Bobby Cannavale will be a welcome addition as Irving, because Bobby Cannavale is a welcome addition to everything he shows up in. 10.11 can’t come soon enough.
“How do we get ahead of crazy if we don’t know how crazy thinks?”. That’s the final line in the trailer for Mindhunter, the crime thriller premiering on Netflix on October 13th. It’ll be 11 episodes long, and looks to continue the streaming platforms dominance in the era of prestige TV. The series focuses on Holden Ford, an agent in the FBI’s Elite Serial Crimes Unit, as he tries to get inside the minds of the most sadistic & unstable members of our society: serial killers & rapists. Anytime a show or movie tackles this subject matter, I’m always reminded of the Nietzsche quote – “Be careful when you fight the monsters, lest you become one.”
It’s even more jarring when you remember that actual people have these kind of jobs, because surrounding yourself with these kinds of people and trying to figure out why they are the way they are can easily make you mad. The journey that Holden goes on in Mindhunter is going to lead him to some dark places, and I can’t wait to watch it unfold. Netflix, you’ve hooked me again.