"When I’ve mentioned, offhand, to friends and social media followers that I’m really enjoying the fourth and final season of Mr. Robot, they’ve expressed a mild shock," says Emily Todd VanDerWerff. "They’re not shocked that I think the final season continues a hot streak the show entered in its third season (which aired way back in 2017). They’re shocked the show is still even on the air. The 'That show is still on?' reaction is common for series that were once media darlings but then fell out of the zeitgeist. It feels as though that happened particularly quickly with Mr. Robot, which debuted in 2015 and was one of the breakout critical sensations of that year, then squandered at least some of that goodwill on a long and meandering (but still very good!) second season." VanDerWerff adds: "The final season has dispensed with what was a core part of the show’s storytelling: Elliot’s hum of a monologue delivered to the audience (a 'friend' only he can see). Instead, the monologue is now delivered to us by Mr. Robot, Elliot’s more outwardly self-destructive alter ego, who has become a weird caretaker of Elliot in the final season. Again, on the surface, this is a superficial change made to shake up the show’s status quo. But on a deeper level, Elliot is no longer talking to the person — us — with whom he can be most honest. Communication has been severed."