Through eight episodes "Mr. Robot" has been mainly defined by its innovative excellence, but also a palpable sense of obfuscation. These two traits actually go hand-in-hand because the unclear and mostly perplexing hacker universe in "Mr. Robot," paired with the unreliability of the narrator/protagonist Elliot (Rami Malek), wouldn't ever work if the execution hadn't been so astounding.

Through eight episodes "Mr. Robot" has been mainly defined by its innovative excellence, but also a palpable sense of obfuscation. These two traits actually go hand-in-hand because the unclear and mostly perplexing hacker universe in "Mr. Robot," paired with the unreliability of the narrator/protagonist Elliot (Rami Malek), wouldn't ever work if the execution hadn't been so astounding.

"Mr. Robot" is about Elliot, a cyber-security-engineer-by-day, vigilante-hacker-by-night who's also dealing with social anxiety and addiction issues. The audience sees mostly everything through Elliot's perspective, and given his issues it's hard to figure out what exactly is going on.

So Elliot's travails in the corporate world, his interactions with the mysterious hacker group fsociety and most importantly his relationships with others all basically operate in a ciphered narrative. The biggest uncertainty in "Mr. Robot" lies in the titular character, played by Christian Slater.

[Spoiler Alert] The eighth episode of "Mr. Robot" ended with a massive cliffhanger on the identity of Mr. Robot, but early on the dynamic between Mr. Robot and Elliot suggested a Tyler Durden situation. It still remains unclear if we're experiencing a retread of "Fight Club's" twist - the least essential component of both the novel and film - but it really doesn't matter because "Mr. Robot" is utterly excellent.

"Mr. Robot" jumped out of the gate with an excellent pilot, written by creator Sam Esmail and directed by Niels Arden Oplev ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo") that immediately signaled this series demanded attention (and acclaim). The following episodes were similarly enthralling - and gorgeously shot - with the last three exhibiting brilliance.

Episode six ended with what might be the best scene in all of television this year, buoyed by some excellent sound design - that churning hum and those haunting sirens! - thanks in large part to the performance of Malek. His magnetic, yet subtle work has actually enhanced Esmail's boldly hallucinogenic, unpredictable series.

Given the smart, deliberate escalation of the narrative, along with consistently compelling performances by Malek, Slater, Martin Wallström (as Tyrell) and especially Carly Chaikin (as Darlene), the last two episodes of "Mr. Robot" should be impressive and intense.

Catch up.