Black Mirror Season Four Review

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Be honest. Everyone loves a good dystopian story. If you don’t already watch Black Mirror, put it on your agenda to do so. You really are missing out. For those of you who are unenlightened to the series, I will do my best not to spoil too much of the show.

I have been a BM fan since the very beginning, becoming more hooked with each season. But, maybe the past seasons spoiled me. Maybe I was expecting too much out of the fourth season. I mean there has to be a carrying capacity that can’t be surpassed, right?

I was disappointed by the new batch of episodes that was released after Christmas. Maybe the issue lies with me and not the episodes. To me, the episodes either seemed too extreme, as if they were written to be too far-fetched and twisted, or they were a bit mundane.

The episode “Arkangel,” while the situation was incredibly intrusive and anti-autonomous, felt all too familiar. It could be because I am a teenager, constantly wanting to live my own life without the shadow of my parents’ sometimes suffocating overprotection. The writers made such a simple metaphor between the mother being like an oppressive government regime, maybe like our own NSA, and the daughter being like us typical Americans. I just felt like I could relate too closely with the reality in “Arkangel.” Maybe that should terrify me more.

While watching “Crocodile,” I frequently rolled my eyes at the relentless repetition and growing web of secrets the main character concocted throughout the episode. I guess from a certain stance, the episode could show how we are sometimes our own demise; how we can’t even be safe from our own memories. However, the episode seemed more like a budding NCIS case rather than a typical, technological BM episode. The end of “Crocodile” attempted to redeem the ridiculousness of the episode with a bit of success, but it was more laughable than the typical final feeling of shock that comes with BM endings.

“U.S.S. Callister” and “Black Museum” tried too hard to grasp for our empathy. Both episodes, while interesting, were too extreme. I was deeply intrigued by the different anecdotes in “Black Museum,” but the absurdity of the inner-consciousness torture was a bit repetitive.

I couldn’t even finish “Metalhead.” Sure, the writers finally went to town on writing an episode that obviously expresses the fear of technology literally turning on humanity. But, the whole episode was poorly executed with absolutely no context as to what type of technology the robot dogs were and why they were designed to kill humans.

I enjoyed “Hang the DJ” for the most part. It was much more uplifting than many other Black Mirror episodes. It was probably the best episode of the batch.

While this review may seem incredibly negative, I did completely enjoy binge-watching the fourth season over winter break and I am already looking out for the announcement to confirm a fifth season.

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Black Mirror Season Four Review