Black Mirror returned to Netflix with a top-quality selection of episodes and it was just what I needed after rubbish TV over the Christmas break.
I’ve loved Black Mirror for years, ever since I had to analyse it for my Media Studies course in college, because it really gets you thinking and I shut off from the world around me when I watch it.
I’ve got to say, Crocodile was by far my favourite episode of the season. It was SO tense, the ending was crazy and it weirdly reminded me of the film Fargo. I don’t want to write too much about it because I really want to make Liam watch it with me. But, it was truly fantastic.
My least favourite episode was Metalhead, I struggle to watch things in black and white and I’m kind of sick of the whole man vs machine theme. It just seemed a pain to watch. Despite this, I’ve got to say I’ve felt more invested in this season than any other. I felt emotionally invested in Hang The DJ and Arkangel. I felt so sorry for the girl in Arkangel and it really got me thinking how teens should have more freedom and how parents can interfere too much – causing more unnecessary drama that wouldn’t have existed otherwise.
USS Calister was the longest of the episodes and I watched it in two sittings. If anyone is ever capable of doing that in the future, I’ll be terrified.
Black Museum was a weird one for me. I found the ending satisfying but kind of predictable and I wasn’t a huge fan of the different stories being told together although the narrative did make sense. I just didn’t enjoy it as much as the others.
If anyone has never watched Black Mirror I suggest you watch one of my two favourites, White Bear or Crocodile and then decide if it’s for you.