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Re: Charlie Brooker's "Black Mirror"
« Reply #45 on: October 25, 2016, 01:37:00 AM »
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"San Junipero"

I'm torn on this one. The concept is great, but the performances and writing were off in some weird combination. Maybe it's just me. I did love how things were slowly revealed. The garishness/obviousness of the nostalgia was a nice bit of cynical meta commentary, which the episode needed. I'd be interested in an alternate interpretation where this is actually deeply bleak. There are layers. (The euthanasia fluid being delivered was real creepy, right?)

I'm in the same boat, didn't have the same reaction to the euthanasia, though. Kelly's sudden turn does diminish the ending's impact, for sure -- and her speech was so good! They threw that away. Lame. The final revelations in Shut Up and Dance could have been done without, too, I think. It'd be scarier if there weren't specific deviant reasons for the people being chosen, if everyone were a potential victim. That changed it last minute from being about shame surrounding sexuality to a story about vigilante justice, which I found less interesting. Otherwise I enjoyed these episodes.

More than anything, San Junipero reminded me what it's like to hear such a high profile soundtrack when there's enough money swimming around to do that:


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"Hated in the Nation" is probably my favorite of this season.

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Re: Charlie Brooker's "Black Mirror"
« Reply #46 on: October 25, 2016, 11:14:58 PM »
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"Men Against Fire"

Disappointingly predictable and on-the-nose. There is no reason we need the amount of explanation that is in this episode; could be the first time I've genuinely felt Black Mirror doesn't trust its viewers. Not quite a stinker, though. The concept is good, the central performance shines through, and there are enough haunting images.
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Re: Charlie Brooker's "Black Mirror"
« Reply #47 on: October 27, 2016, 12:11:16 AM »
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"Hated In The Nation"

This was basically a very good X-Files episode, so I'm not sure why I didn't love it. Perhaps it didn't quite scratch the Black Mirror itch. Most BM episodes, even if they're predictable, have some kind of reality-warping element. Even "Men Against Fire" had that. This didn't. It was also a bit cold and impersonal, somehow failing over the course of 90 minutes to create one especially compelling character. "Shut Up And Dance" seemed to do that effortlessly multiple times, even amidst all its chaos. So, I dunno, maybe I was in the mood for something different.
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Re: Charlie Brooker's "Black Mirror"
« Reply #48 on: December 01, 2016, 11:16:21 PM »
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"Hated In The Nation"

This was basically a very good X-Files episode, so I'm not sure why I didn't love it. Perhaps it didn't quite scratch the Black Mirror itch. Most BM episodes, even if they're predictable, have some kind of reality-warping element. Even "Men Against Fire" had that. This didn't. It was also a bit cold and impersonal, somehow failing over the course of 90 minutes to create one especially compelling character. "Shut Up And Dance" seemed to do that effortlessly multiple times, even amidst all its chaos. So, I dunno, maybe I was in the mood for something different.

I had the complete opposite reaction to this episode. I finished watching it convinced it was one of the best episodes of television I've ever seen, and I was utterly compelled by both Kelly MacDonald and Faye Marsay's characters. I'll agree that it didn't really feel like A Black Mirror Episode necessarily, but the core concept was so good and the execution so perfect that I didn't care.

Faye Marsay is turning into one of my favorite actors. She has such an intensity to her, and you always have a sense of the inner world happening inside her character at every moment. She reminds me of Jennifer Jason Leigh in a lot of ways.
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