Black Mirror – Black Museum

Director: Colm McCarthy

Writer: Charlie Brooker (Screenplay)

Starring: Douglas Hodge, Letitia Wright, Babs Olusanmokun, Jade Clarke

 

Plot: A woman enters the Black Museum, where the proprietor tells her stories relating to the artefacts.

 

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Twist Filled Tales

 

Story: Black Museum starts as British tourist Nish (Wright) finds herself in the middle of nowhere in America needing to recharge her car, she stops at a mystery Black Museum run by Rolo Haynes (Hodge), his museum is filled with artefacts that have stories with Rolo telling Nish his place he has been a part off, including the Dawson net which gave a doctor the ability to feel pain to solve cases.

We follow the tour as we learn about other cases that Rolo had been involved in and become part of this tour, we learn how he has been planning to try to break boundaries in his industry.

 

Thoughts on Black Museum

 

StoryThis does have three stories being told, each could easily have been their own chapter in the series, this is a positive and a negative, the positive is because we do get invested in these stories which have a twisted side to them all, the negative is waiting for the twist which while isn’t the easiest one to work out, but you can tell something must happen to complete this outer story. it is strange to say, but it does feel like this story is almost too busy to fully enjoy on a on time viewing.


Scene of the Episode –
The twist ending.

That Moment That Annoyed Me This one does need a repeat viewing.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the most thought provoking of the stories in Black Mirror, this one will need a couple of viewings to get each detail of this episode, which is a good and bad thing, but if I was to go back through the show, this would be the first one to see for me. The stories do twist together nicely and do get the most out of the shorter formula.

 

Overall: Nice finishes to the show.

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Black Mirror – Metalhead

Director: David Slade

Writer: Charlie Brooker (Screenplay)

Starring: Maxine Peake, Jakes Davies, Clint Dyer

 

Plot: In the post-apocalyptic landscape of the Scottish Moors, a woman attempts the survive the land full of “dogs”.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fast Paced Thriller

 

Story: Metalhead starts as we follow a group of survivors in a post-apocalyptic Scotland, looking for supplies they run into a dog, a robotic hunter which leaves Bella (Peake) fighting for her life against this relentless killing machine.

 

Thoughts on Metalhead

 

StoryThe story doesn’t have too much to talk about, it is one woman trying to survive from a robotic dog that is relentlessly trying to track her down and kill her. This does keep everything having a fast pace about it, which is a good experience, but strangely just doesn’t feel like a black mirror episode, this could be any run of the mile mini series episode.


Scene of the Episode –
Dog introduction.

That Moment That Annoyed Me –  It doesn’t have the feel of a Black Mirror episode.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fast-paced thriller that does do its best to keep you on edge, it does succeed too, it does however feel like you needed that little bit more world building to care about the battle of Bella and just how many dogs we are likely to come across in this landscape.

 

Overall: Flawed, but entertaining thriller

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Black Mirror – Hang the DJ

Director: Timothy Van Patten

Writer: Charlie Brooker (Screenplay)

Starring: Georgina Campbell, Joe Cole, George Blagden

 

Plot: A new dating app hits the scene, but insists that singles need to meet before 12 hours.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Perfect Story on Love

 

Story: Hang the DJ starts as we meet Amy (Campbell) and Frank (Cole) two young singletons going into the world of dating with this new app that decides how long you are meant to be with the person they have a date with, the two have a wonderful date but are only assigned 12 hours together. They both feel the spark, but must follow the system and find themselves in longer relationship with their next matches.

 

Thoughts on Hang the DJ

 

StoryThe story here tackles modern dating and the use of apps to help find the so called perfect match. We know the systems are flawed when it comes to knowing being matched up, but this one takes us into a world where we are meant to go through with the full length of a relationship with our matches. As someone who is going or trying to go through dating this is a wonderful look at how the world of dating could go if technology takes over.


Scene of the Episode –
Looking at the clock.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The world could have been explained more, like do they have jobs or not, what is this world all about.

Final ThoughtsThis could easily be the best episodes of Black Mirror, it is one that takes a look at the real-world ideas of how internet dating can never compare to just meeting someone out of the blue, however hard that may well be. This is a story people can relate to moments, from different relationships and does this in a way like nothing we have ever seen before.

 

Overall: This will bring the biggest smile to your face in the series.

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Black Mirror – Crocodile

Director: John Hillcoat

Writer: Charlie Brooker (Screenplay)

Starring: Andrea Riseborough, Andrew Gower, Kiran Sonia Sawar

 

Plot: A woman interviews various people using a device that allows her to access their memories.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Suspenseful Thriller

 

Story: Crocodile starts as Mia Nolan (Riseborough) is forced to cover up an accident by her then boyfriend, 15-year-later she has moved on with her life, married with a child and a good career. When her boyfriend from her past wants to spill the beans, and let his guilt go, Mia can’t afford to let this truth out.

Shazia Akhand (Sawar) on the other side of things in an insurance claim investigator, looking into an accident from outside the hotel this same night, she uses a device which can use the memories to build a case, when the paths cross Mia could be the key witness, but her activities in the hotel room could expose the truth.

 

Thoughts on Crocodile

 

StoryThis is one of the first stories here that splits into two for the first half, this is good because we get good development for both Mia & Shazia characters, we also get the idea of two career women, one that is going to always be haunted by her past, while the other is looking at the bright future with her new born child. This is a slow burning story that escalates into one that keeps you on edge till the final moments as you are left wondering just how far things can go.


Scene of the Episode –
The meeting of Mia and Shazia, is a wonderful tense moment.

That Moment That Annoyed Me There does seem to be a couple of moments which don’t fit the pace we are looking to get to.

Final ThoughtsThis is one episode which does start slow and finishes with you on the edge of your seat, with the suspense ramped up the max. I was thinking this was going put this down as a disappointment only for it have one of the best final 15 minutes so far.

 

Overall: Deliveries in the final third.

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Black Mirror – Arkangel

Director: Jodie Foster

Writer: Charlie Brooker (Screenplay)

Starring: Rosemarie DeWitt, Brenna Harding, Owen Teague

 

Plot: After nearly losing her daughter, a mother invests in a new technology that allows her to keep track of her.

 

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Beautifully Disturbing

 

Story: Arkangel starts when Marie (DeWitt) could go through her own living nightmare, when her daughter Sara goes missing, luckily, she is found safe and sound. Being a worried parent, Marie takes a chance to join up to a program for a chip to be installed in Sara’s head which lets her see what Sara is feeling, it also means she can filter anything inappropriate from her life.

When Sara doesn’t seem to be able to reach to natural minor violence or scares, Marie switches off the device which brings their relationship closer, until she reaches the high school age and the worries of a parent return to the device.

 

Thoughts on Arkangel

 

StoryThe story here plans into the idea of a parent always worrying about the safety of their child, it could be increased after a moment that could have seen her child lost. The side effects are clear and with a system that could easily turn every parent into an obsessive, while the kid could be an innocent victim of being over protected. With the technology we have affordable to us now, this could easily become a reality as parents feel the need to protect against the evil of the world, but this could also take away important learning curves needed in the growing up process.


Scene of the Episode –
The night that changes everything.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Seriously, do all kids just do drugs?

Final ThoughtsWhen it comes to Black Mirror, you know we have warnings in the shows, this plays into the warnings side of the message about technology and the side effects it could have if we let it control our lives. I can’t help but say I loved the tone in this episode, it needed to be set to this style, so we could enjoy moments that unfold in a way where Sara wouldn’t know what was going on. This is a must watch for anyone who can enjoy a thriller that sends a message.

 

Overall: Tense and beautifully disturbing is the best way to describe this one.

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