If you haven’t already seen the latest season of Black Mirror, what are you doing? There are six new episodes to enjoy and we watched them all. As expected, we were left shocked, confused, and a little heavy. For those who have watched, let’s break down the episodes and recap what we thought of them.
What is wrong with this guy?
Some of you might have been hit with a wave of nostalgia when “USS Callister” begun. With outfits and storylines similar to old school sci-fi shows, a creepy twist was around the corner. What started out as a harmless video game turned into something too real. I mean, who traps people (they were technically digital clones but still) in a non-traceable world of their own, only to control and torture them? Captain Daly was seriously disturbed.
Imagine if that was legal
I’ve heard of strict parents but “Arkangel” took it to a whole other level. Imagine if you could see what your kid was seeing 24/7 or being able to censor what they saw? The mother’s intentions were good but in the end, no one really benefited from her helicopter parenting.
That escalated quickly
Black Mirror’s third episode was a series of escalated scenes. It start off with a couple in their car when they suddenly hit a man on his bike. They then decide to take his body and throw him in the ocean. Fast forward years later, the man who was driving the car wants to contact the deceased’s wife out of guilt. The woman, on the other hand, doesn’t want to ruin her seemingly perfect life. What does she do? She kills him, which leads to her murdering three more people throughout the episode.
So, are we living in a simulation?
Personally, “Hang the DJ” was my favorite episode for a lot of reasons. But the main one being that it played with the idea of simulations. Finding out that the couples going on timed dates, looking for their true match, were actually just simulations of real people was brilliant. It also explores a darker side of what online dating could be like.
The fifth episode was the shortest and was also filmed in black and white. According to Popsugar, director David Slade, “wanted everything about this world to appear oppressive, for the skies and the vehicles and the architecture to be etched out of metal. Everything had to feel heavy.” And it did. From the robot dogs to the box of teddy bears, this episode had us thinking “WTF?”
So many easter eggs
The last installment of season 4 was filled with easter eggs. Aside from the artifacts that link to previous episodes, some of the dialogue also hints at past seasons. Rewatch the episode and see if you can spot them all. You can also check out this list as reference.
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