Lower than six months after releasing the disappointing interactive experiment “Bandersnatch,” Netflix’s science fiction anthology sequence “Black Mirror” is again with three traditionally-structured episodes.
On the most recent installment of the Unique Content material podcast, we weigh in with our ideas on the brand new season. We didn’t totally agree on which episodes have been strongest, however we agreed that there wasn’t an actual misfire within the bunch.
Darrell and Jordan have been most impressed the season opener, “Placing Vipers” — which makes use of a VR preventing sport as a launching level for a thorny exploration of sexuality and friendship — whereas Anthony most well-liked “Smithereens,” by which the the motive force with an Uber-style app takes a social media intern hostage. And we additionally had fun with “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too,” which stars as Miley Cyrus as a pop star who’s merchandised as a pleasant AI assistant.
Not all the new episodes finish fortunately, however typically, the present’s penchant for bleakness appears to have lifted (or maybe it was merely channeled into “Bandersnatch”), leaving room for extra emotional complexity. If we had any complaints, that they had extra to do with the comparatively abbreviated season size, and with our skepticism about among the present’s near-future expertise.
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And if you wish to skip forward, right here’s how the episode breaks down:
1:33 “Black Mirror” spoiler-free overview
31:00 Spoiler dialogue