Mr. Robot's two-hour premiere last night was suspiciously devoid of technology, but an interactive component has been uncovered as an Easter egg for fans of the show.
In one particular scene, Elliot (Rami Malek) can be seen scribbling in a notebook. His newfound passion for journaling was a constant theme throughout the two-hour premiere, but as Fusion editor Dodai Stewart pointed out on Twitter, the QR code he drew lead to an actual website!
The website in question, Confictura Industries, is still under construction, but looks like it's been that way since the mid-90s. There are a couple of clues on the page as to when the website was actually built, too. If you scroll toward the bottom of the page, it says that the website has been optimized for Netscape version 3.0, which was later called Netscape Navigator. That was released to the public between November 1994 and February 1995, making the website in question at least 21 years old. We know that Elliot is 29, making him about eight when the website came out.
During last night's episode, we got a glimpse into Elliot's past and there's a scene where he's in a hospital following an accident from around that age. The scene doesn't give away too much information other than we learn that his father, the mysterious Mr. Robot (Christian Slater), had lost possession of his computer shop and couldn't pay the family bills. When chastised by his wife, he says, "We don't have to worry about money anymore," insinuating that there was something in the works.
Could this website be what he was talking about? Possibly. Could this just be a cool thing that the team at Mr. Robot did to engage fans? Also possible.
Mr. Robot airs on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. ET on USA. Check out Polygon's review of the two-hour premiere here.