Mr Robot Goes Back to the Future

Mr Robot, the surprisingly good drama about a hacker, is constantly making references to Back to the Future. I recommend watching the show because of this and probably other reasons, like how the lead actor won an Emmy last night for his performance in the show.

Until now, the references have been spread far apart across the series, but the last episode cranked up the rate up to 88 references per hour–almost. ALL of the songs and covers featured in Season 2 Episode 11 were from Back to the Future.

1. Night Train by Marvin Berry and the Starlighters
2. The Ballad of Davy Crockett by Fess Parker
3. Time Bomb Town by Lindsey Buckingham
4. Earth Angel by Marvin Berry and the Starlighters

Some interesting things to note here. At least two of these songs used were not only in Back to the Future, they were performed specifically for the movie. Time Bomb Train was an original song and can only be found on the BttF soundtrack. Earth Angel in Mr Robot was performed by Harry Waters Jr, the actor who played Marvin Berry. The song even ends with Alan Silvestri’s orchestral score. That’s straight from Back to the Future!

What does it all mean? Sam Esmail, the creator of Mr Robot, deliberately picked these songs. The episode features Elliot mentally experiencing his past, but there may be more coming. In a previous episode, a character obsessed with time talks about alternate timelines. The FBI is even working on “Project Berenstain.” That’s an obvious reference to the Mandela Effect theory, which involves possible alternate timelines. Is Sam trying to tell us time travel will happen soon? That is an (un)popular theory over on /r/MrRobot, but fans currently object to anything that strays from the show’s apparent realism.

Only time will tell.


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