WOW! What a season this was ladies and gentlemen. It had space, love and robotic dogs.
Here’s a ranking of the six episodes – the not so great to the damn right perfect!
6) Metalhead – 2/5
‘In the post-apocalyptic landscape of the Scottish Moors, a woman attempts to survive the land full of “dogs”.’
Ermmmm, yeah! It’s dark, it’s trying to be gritty … I dunno. This one just didn’t sit right with me – it felt a little stupid and far different from the Black Mirror I’d come to know and love.
Before I watched it, my friend Danny said that he thought it was trying to be a little artsy and I think he was right. It’s a tad pretencious and I kinda hate it for that.
Didn’t like the actress (she used to piss me off in Shameless as well) and I think that the story was the weakest out of the bunch. That being said, some people seem to like this one’s arse – so maybe it’s your favourite, but for me I won’t be watching it again and I’d actually go as far as saying it’s the worst out of all the Black Mirror episodes …
5) Crocodile – 2/5
‘A woman interviews various people using a device that allows her to access their memories.’
Again, this wasn’t a strong episode. It had a good idea with some real potential, but it went a different way than I think it should. It was quite remonicent of the original seasons’ episodes and showed us a glimpse of the good old days but overall it was pretty darn weak.
I did like it’s brutal nature and the unhinging of characters, but it started off hard and ended pretty lame.
Andrea Riseborough was still annoying me from from her role in Battle Of The Sexes …
Hey! these last two episodes are in no way bad by the way, but compared to all the other offerings we’ve had from Charlie Broker they just didn’t match up.
4) Arkangel – 3/5
‘After nearly losing her daughter, a mother invests in a new technology that allows her to keep track of her.’
I actually watched this one twice and on the first watch I rated it a little lower, but after the second turn I appreciated it a lot more.
It’s dark in a way that doesn’t neccesarily mean blood and gore, it’s hard hitting at times and demonstrates paranoia and the protective nature of a mother, perfectly.
The loneliness and isolation of a single parent is played beautifully and the lengths she goes to take ensure her daughter’s safety is both creepy as fuck and heart warming.
Jodie Foster done gooooood!
3) Black Museum – 3.5/5
‘A woman enters the Black Museum, where the proprietor tells her stories relating to the artifacts.’
When I was watching this I thought it was going to take my number 2 spot, but I feel the ending let it down. No spoilers of course, but I would have written something a little different.
It is cleverly made though; inventive as always and there are some pretty strong performances throughout. I kind of wish that the two short stories used were stretched and switched with Crocodile and Metalhead so we could have a little less of them and a little more of these – but hey ho!
2) U.S.S Callister – 3.5/5
‘Capt. Robert Daly presides over his crew with wisdom and courage. But a new recruit will soon discover nothing on this spaceship is what it seems.’
A fantastic new direction for the show. This story line was probably the most unique and ‘big budget’ yet. It had an array of likeable and detestable characters, it was detailed, well acted throughout and FUN!
It mixed the comedy with the frightening and teased on a reality not too distant from our own. The run time was perfect and Jesse Plemons is a damn fine actor.
1) Hang The DJ – 5/5
‘Paired by a dating program that puts an expiration date on all relationships, Sam and Amy soon begin to question the system’s logic.’
This is absolutely perfect. Easily my top 3 episodes of Black Mirror ever (and that’s a pretty tough title to take).
It’s sweet, uplifting and shows the true diversity of the show.
Joe Cole and Georgina Campbell were amazing together, their chemistry was electric and I loved watching them develop throughout the 50 minute runtime.
Hey! I loved scary Black Mirror and now apparently I love soppy Black Mirror.
*Fun Fact – I said ‘Black Mirror’ 5 time throughout. Oh God 6 times including the title…