If You Missed Today’s Über Cool Mr. Robot VR Experience, Here’s a Peek Inside

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***SPOILERS: Spoilers for Mr. Robot through Season 2, Episode 3, follow. Spoilers***

Yesterday, I caught a Twitter alert about an upcoming Mr. Robot virtual reality “experience,” so I downloaded the Within app to my iPhone and watched the countdown begin.

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This afternoon, at precisely 1:45 EST, the 12-minute show began. It was a small scene, starting with Elliot (Rami Malek) sitting on the couch in his apartment, smoking (getting high). It took me a few seconds to realize I could move around the room while he was talking, but I was afraid of missing something important with Elliot, so I mostly stayed with his POV. Elliot’s usual droning voiceover conveys his wish not to remember something, but, as usual with Elliot, if he doesn’t want it, it happens anyway …

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There’s a knock on the door; something — someone — he tries to fight off. Doesn’t matter; *knock knock*

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Let her in.

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It’s Shayla (Frankie Shaw), who died tragically last season and, against Elliot’s continued protests, her memory persists.

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Shayla knows he’s high and tells Elliot he’ll have to make it up to her later; for now, she’s got their date all planned. They leave together, and …

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… end up at Coney Island because of a picture Shayla saw at Elliot’s place, which makes Elliot upset, thinking she’s spying on him.

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They ride the Ferris wheel together, get stuck for a short bit, and Elliot hurts Shayla’s feelings by saying she’s only his drug dealer.

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Shayla hums a song that’s been stuck in Elliot’s head all day; it’s something she made up herself.

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They go for a nice little stroll on the boardwalk and kinda, sorta make up; Elliot is happy and dances?

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Returning to Elliot’s place, where they get high together, Shayla tells Elliot she doesn’t want him to forget her; she’d be sad if he didn’t remember her.

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They have a moment …

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… and then she disappears.

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Elliot goes back to … something.

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There was also another piece added to the Season 2 soundtrack: Chromatics’ “Cherry”.

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Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over seven years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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