" started out being about a hacked democracy and one year later that came true (also, on the day that USA picked up Mr. Robot, the Sony hack happened)," says Tim Goodman. "The series has been ahead of its time on a number of fronts. Maybe it will be again and that thing that it will presage is … unknown. There are 13 episodes in this fourth season and five have been released for review. They vary in quality. Some are excellent, some strain credibility to the breaking point (a familiar trait in later seasons, but not so damaging as to seriously dent the show's reputation), some feel uniquely contemplative and odd, others seem alive with forward momentum. It's a strong start, but it's very clearly the end that will matter. At this point, however, the fact that a show in its fourth season still matters enough to raise your excitement level about how it all ends is a real achievement."