However you may feel about the second season of Mr. Robot, you can't deny the show's commitment to tech realism. What other show rewards you for watching with a QR reader in your pocket?
Mr. Robot first served us up a delicious easter egg in the form of a black-and-white square grid in the season two premiere — the QR code in Elliot's notebook was scannable, taking you to an amateur '90s website for Confictura Industries.
And in Thursday night's episode, viewers with a QR reader app were once again indulged — the QR code Darlene used to pay a connection hush money in the form of Ecoins — the show's nod to the virtual currency Bitcoin — actually worked.
When I scanned the QR code (I used QR Reader for iOS), it sent me to an E-coin website. A segment of the E-Corp webpage, it appears to just be an ad for the digital currency, displaying a group of friends in a car, seemingly stoked about this "new currency for a new era," a bright and shiny visual contrast to Mr. Robot's dystopian doom and gloom.
In the Mr. Robot universe, even a glimpse of a pixelated square can lead you somewhere new. Keep those eyes peeled, friends.