Review: Black Mirror: Season 5

Series: Black Mirror: #5

A whole series in three episodes? Whee!

It’s interesting how the three episodes are at once similar and so different. There’s little enough radically different technology–mostly extrapolations of what we have now or may expect to have soon–but it’s done well.

And even with just three, we already have one that’s a straight forward exploration, one that’s more of a slow burn, and one that has a sudden sharp escalation.

A lot to fit into a short season.


Episode by episode reviews (potential minor spoilers):

1. Striking Vipers

Fighting games and virtual reality. Where you feel everything. What could possibly go wrong.

Nope. That’s not the way it goes.

Yup. That’s the one.

Normal enough problems with a touch of tech; what Black Mirror does.

2. Smithereens

Social media. Addictive personalities and apps designed to be as addictive as absolutely possible.

That’s… quite an episode. A sort of over intense slow burn.

3. Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too

Grieving. The contrast of everyday life and a popstar’s life. And AI. Because with Black Mirror, of course there is AI.

Casting Miley Cyrus as ‘Miley Cyrus’. I enjoyed that.

The second half, with Ashley Too too? Delightful.