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PopWrapped | Technology

How Mr. Robot's Virtual Reality Short Film Changes The Game

Tamara Fuentes | PopWrapped Author

Tamara Fuentes

Updated 08/5/2016 1:04pm
How Mr. Robot's Virtual Reality Short Film Changes The Game | mr. robot
Media Courtesy of USA Network

Now that San Diego Comic-Con is over, some of the fun surprises from the convention are finally being released to the public for everyone to see. 

Previously, we talked about the awesome offsites that Mr. Robot had throughout the convention weekend. Each of them offered one of the best experiences from the con, the 12-minute virtual reality short film that shows us a glimpse of Elliot's past, played by Rami Malek.

If you weren't able to make it to Comic-Con, you can now be part of the experience. USA Network released the Mr. Robot Virtual Reality Experience, allowing fans to watch the film from the comfort of their own home. Fans have the chance to choose between watching the film through VR headsets/viewers, or on their desktops, where they can move their cursers to control the experience.

While the short film takes place before the events of Season 1, it's highly recommended that fans wait until after seeing the sixth episode of Season 1 to avoid major spoilers.

Warning: Spoilers Below. Stop if you have not watched the film, gone past episode 01x06, or do not want to be spoiled.

The film follows Elliot's and Shayla's first date together. After getting higher than he's ever been, Shayla takes Elliot to Coney Island to ride the ferris wheel. After messing up with her a couple of times, Elliot remembers the song that was stuck in his head before and realizes that it was the song Shayla hums to herself.

After trying to redeem himself on his date with Shayla, Elliot realizes that he really does like her, and the date continues at the pier where they chase each other and a dance number ensues.

Back at his apartment, Elliot and Shayla share a moment together and Elliot's memory fades away despite him wanting to stay with her. When Elliot realizes that Shayla's gone, he turns to his computer where he starts coding something and the film fades to black.

The film, which was written and directed by series creator Sam Esmail, not only changed the Comic-Con game, but also the film industry as well.

Mr. Robot has given us a glimpse in the hacker culture and has shown us the power of technology. It makes the most sense for Esmail to go in this direction for the short-film, but what makes it truly special is the extra layer that we are given thanks to Elliot's voice-overs. While we hear these on the show as well, the mix of the voice over and virtual reality makes it even more immersive.

We also see more to Elliot that we haven't before. For one, he's dancing, something that I'm sure fans of the show never imagined to see him actually do. But, also, Elliot shows us how he truly loved Shayla before her death.

In the end, the film not only gives fans the chance to see into Elliot's past, but it also gives them an experience that they may not ever get from any other show. Mr. Robot  has changed the meaning of fan inclusion, and we cannot wait to see what Esmail and the creative team behind this VR experience has in store for next year! 

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