This episode does a good job of again showing that we bend too easily before the loud and obnoxious.
But "Black Mirror" usually has more novel things to say. Season 5, Episode 2: "Smithereens" Topher Grace's lovely performance as a tech guru who hates beeps, bloops and push notifications as much as you do saves this from being a pretty run-of-the-mill hostage drama.
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But it is a "Black Mirror" episode that could happen right now, in the present day, and we always like when the show pulls that off. Season 2, Episode 2: "White Bear" Sure, this one's scary, but it's just scary. There's some "Purge"-quality social commentary here, and that's nice. But "Black Mirror" is usually smarter. Season 3, Episode 2: "Playtest" This episode relies too much on typical scares to be among our favorites.
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The sudden turn into real-life horror is more affecting than the haunted house scenes. This time the victim is pop star Ashley Miley Cyrus! We like her , who ends up inside a robot toy owned by one of her adoring fans. A caper to reunite mind and body ensues, making this one of the funniest episodes of "Black Mirror.
Season 2, Episode 1: "Be Right Back" We recommend this episode, and all the ones that follow, with zero reservations. Season 4, Episode 2: "Arkangel" This episode has the best setup of any "Black Mirror," and seems poised to launch a savage critique of over-parenting. But it doesn't escalate as much as we expected it to, and can't quite live up to its brilliant concept.
We think about this episode every time we ride an exercise bike, which probably isn't often enough. Season 1, Episode 1: "National Anthem" This mean little story feels all the meaner because it's so easy to imagine it happening in real life. It's a perfect first episode, because there's no better test of whether "Black Mirror" is for you. Letitia Wright and Douglas Hodge counter the ugliness with some beautiful acting. Just asking.
A frosty blonde antihero Andrea Riseborough tries to outsmart a relentless insurance adjuster. A rodent gets involved. We have to change all this. You be you.
She also spouted some stellar advice for the fashion industry. But we can all do more. I thought we'd see more plus size models on the runway this season.
We didn't. That was a disappointment.
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