The DR Congo, China, Dr. Strangelove + Whiterose's Plan
The Dr. Strangelove Theory
Can I mention how thrilled I am to bring attention to Dr. Strangelove, one of my top 10 movies of all time, it is a true tour de force by both Peter Sellers and Stanley Kubrick (and many others).
Here is how I posted it on Reddit earlier today:
Which followed my previous post (a longer version of this Congo information was posted yesterday in my weekly "Who is Mr. Robot's Landlord" recap)
So, short form, Dark Army has been gifted a Nuclear facility by E-Corps, China is annexing the Congo which is rich in Cobalt and Colston, and the combination means they (The Dark Army or The Dark Army and China) can now create Cobalt bombs.
Cobalt bombs were the "Doomsday Device" that cause the "End of the World" in the movie Dr. Strangelove and both are explicitly included in the flyer for D.J. Mobley's party (see above).
Thanks to Redditor Employee_ER28-0652 for the flier juxtaposition. Very helpful!
Why Would Whiterose Want Cobalt Bombs?
Okay, now we are getting into areas of pure speculation.
First, what do we think Whiterose's situation actually is?
I used to believe that there was Minister Zhang (B.D. Wong), the Chinese Defense Minister, who is known to E-Corps and the Chinese Government and Whiterose who is secretly the leader of the DA and secretly Transgender.
Now I believe that there is Zhang/Whiterose both the Chinese Defense Minister and the leader of the Dark Army and who is known to E-Corps and to the Chinese Government. At the same time, I think there is Whiterose the transgendered woman, who is not known to E-Corp or the Chinese Government but who represents the truest form of Zhang.
If this is accurate, there are several possibilities for why Whiterose wants the materials:
* The Batman scenario
There are some reasons to take this literally because that is how Dr. Strangelove ends. The world literally burns.
* The Full-On SPECTRE
"World Domination, the same old dream." Basically, the Dark Army could always put their cobalt-heavy finger on every scale. Because they are subnational, they are hard to find and hard to defend against. Because they are subnational, it would be harder to know you have eliminated all of their weapons or all of the triggers for those weapons.
* The Protective Blanket
Substitute "weapons" for "corruption" and this will make sense. Remember the reason we can be corrupt is our corruption (USA) is backed up by the greatest military and largest nuclear arsenal in the world.
Maybe, Whiterose just wants the security of sleeping under her own nuclear blanket every night?
I dunno, there are probably a million possibilities, I will try to think back through all of the Whiterose scenes and see if I think of any motives that suggest an answer to Why? But at the end of the day, I suspect it goes back to what Phillip Price (Michael Cristofer) said about leaving a legacy so large that only God could understand it.
Why else would Price say all of that, if not to contextualize all of the Masters of the Universe on Mr. Robot?
But let me finish with a clip from Dr. Strangelove (and a scene I have used as my Avatar for years).
Do you think I am right about Whiterose's plan?
Why do you think Whiterose wants Cobalt Bombs?
Let me know, leave a comment!