Um, the low point of these 3 episodes and actually one of the low points of the show ever if you think more about it. An insanely annoying story that should be an easy hit on low-hanging fruit (pop culture enslavement etc.) that wastes the one good idea the episode has, the use of Nine Inch Nails "Head Like A Hole".
Not only does this episode not make sense in relation to time period (her mother liked Pixies/Sonic Youth/Savages/IDLES - those are bands 30 years apart with nothing in-between - rings achingly false) it then loses the very point it's making about shifting music dynamics - that "Head Like A Hole" is subversive in different ways more than just the "God money" opening lines and chorus. Sure "God money" was subversive in 1989 - but in 2019 it's too obvious and what she leaves out is the key.
The song isn't about "God money" now and not giving in, it's about a later line - "Let's go dancing on the backs of the bruised" - which is full of complicated undercurrents of pop culture/politics/identity/class.
She doesn't sing that line in this episode because they aren't thinking nearly that much, it's a gross misunderstanding of what they're addressing. The technological component is almost non-existent again, this is somehow worse than Season 4's closer even and the writing makes EP 1 and 2 look like those were Paddy Chayefsky scripts.
Just finished Striking Vipers: I think overall it was a bit overlong, but I did appreciate the subtle hint to USS Callister with the technology being used, and I think Mackie and especially Yahya Abdul-Mateen II were very strong. I just feel like the story was incomplete, largely because I think they needed more focus on Beharie's character. I know that they said she was more or less dismissive of tech ("I'm not on Facebook."), but that felt like something of a cop-out. I think it's a solid story that just needed a bit more meat to it, while at the same time some tightening here and there. Not a bad effort, but not one of their finest, either.
Watched the S5 eps. They're okay, short enough to more or less enjoy even while they were letting down. But I mean... very underwhelming little season, and sort of uncharacteristic Black Mirror being this....what's the word, appropriate? forgiving? dull?
Striking Vipers best of the bunch bc I can't say I've seen something like this
And it's at least somewhat interesting how it uses advanced tech interface (should I just say VR lol) to challenge or consider the mutability of sexuality, also it made me laugh whether that's intentional or not, and.… Mackie's solid, and I liked the wife played by Nicole Baherie, she stood out in that smaller role, made me wanna see more of her work.
Ashley Too is ridiculous, more Disney Channel than Black Mirror, but I liked it initially with the girl’s celebrity worship, how out of her loneliness she depends on Ashley, then with robot-Ashley and its almost demanding flattery - but it gets far too tonally and logically goofy.
Smithereens I couldn't get into bc I really, to put it mildly, dislike that actor Andrew Scott. He's been in the spotlight a lot lately but as an actor I find him obvious, off-key, and annoying all at once. The whole second half with his motive is as dumb as wet bread.
For anyone craving something like Black Mirror.... also on Netflix, from this year.....
I Am Mother - 90% on RT from over 50 critics, which is way too high, it's flawed all over, but I found it an engaging good time anyway, bringing to mind Ex Machina, 10 Cloverfield Lane, and Moon. I like this type of compact, questioning environment of threes. It touches on some big ideas, though the first-time writer can't get it straight, it's overlong with about nineteen endings on top of each other. And the first-time director has good visual sense but the pacing is uneven and he should've guided the lead girl's perf better. Hilary Swank though (supporting) gives a strong performance - physical, refractory, desperate.
The National Anthem 101 White Christmas 204 Fifteen Million Merits 102 Hated in the Nation 306 Shut Up and Dance 303 USS Callister 401 - Be Right Back 201 San Junipero 304 Hang the DJ 404 Arkangel 402 Crocodile 403 Black Museum 406 - Bandersnatch Playtest 302 Nosedive 301 Men Against Fire 305 The Entire History of You 103 Metalhead 405 - White Bear 202 The Waldo Moment 203
this episode not make sense in relation to time period (her mother liked Pixies/Sonic Youth/Savages/IDLES - those are bands 30 years apart with nothing in-between - rings achingly false)
While I wasn't really a fan of the episode overall, this didn't bother me that much considering people can often have a random assortment of favorite musical artists that doesn't necessarily follow a kind of temporal continuity. Like if someone asked me what kind of music I like, I probably wouldn't think twice about responding, "Beatles, Stones, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead" or something, and maybe not even in that order.
Though another part of the episode that I found hilariously dumb was the idea that you can eyeball a brain scan and linearly extract a musical composition from it by identifying distinct notes by their pitch letter name: "Look, there's a G-sharp!" lmao