Black Mirror: Season 4 (2017)

Plot: Anthology series about the unease of the fast advancing modern world.

Created By: Charlie Brooker

Starring: Douglas Hodge, Jesse Plemons, Rosemarie DeWitt, Andrea Riseborough, Georgina Campbell, Maxine Peake.

This season was very hit and miss for me. I liked 3/6 episodes which is a shame because the past two seasons, I think I’ve enjoyed every single episode. However, It’s normal not to like all episodes when it comes to anthology series like this because every episode is so different from the others.

Episode 1: USS Callister

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Possibly the worst Black Mirror episode to date. I hated it. I’d love to know if people who are fans of Star Trek liked this episode because that’s the vibe they went for in this episode. So if any of you love Star Trek and liked this episode then please leave a comment and if you like Star Trek but didn’t like this episode then please also leave a comment. I’d love to know other people’s opinions.

Personally, I’m not a fan of Star Trek which is why I’m wondering if that’s the reason I didn’t like this episode. I just found it very odd. I didn’t like anything about it. Even the characters were dull, I didn’t like any of them.

This episode had a lot of famous faces which is its main appeal. I was pleasantly surprised to see Michaela Coel, the main character from Channel 4’s Chewing Gum in this episode. She’s delightful to watch in Chewing Gum so I was quite pleased to see her in something different.

For me this was a bad episode, frankly, it was boring and it was a bad way to start off the season. It put me off wanting to watch the rest just in case they were all going to be as bad. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case.

Episode 2: Arkangel

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I loved this episode which was directed by Jodie Foster. When Black Mirror episodes depict something that you can actually see, can actually imagine happening in the real life world, that’s when it’s a really good episode because it gets you thinking about the what if’s.

In this episode, it follows a mother who is worried about her daughter going missing so has an implant placed inside her brain so that she can monitor the child. With this implant, she can control what her daughter see’s and blur out anything she doesn’t want her to see in the world including violence and sex. The implant informs the mother of any danger the child may be in and her whereabouts. It’s the ultimate tracking device and it’s perfect for overprotective parents.

This is quite a good idea because children go missing all the time so with this implant you’ll never have to worry about that as it tells you where they are at all times. However, there are downsides, in this case, the mum protects the daughter from too much so she ends up rebelling and pushing the mother away. It was inevitable really. It lead to a dramatic finale in the episode.

Overall, it was a really good episode and I found it really enjoyable. Definitely one of the best of this season.

Episode 3: Crocodile

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This episode had some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. It was gorgeous. However, it may be beautiful to look at but it was probably one of the darker episodes of the season. There were a lot of murders involved. In this episode, it focuses on a memory device that allows investigators to search peoples memory in order to solve mysteries.

It was an okay episode. I didn’t dislike it, I enjoyed it and didn’t feel bored but it was very dramatic and kind of predictable. There were better episodes this season but it’s still one of the better ones.

Episode 4: Hang the DJ

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A great episode with a great concept. This is something that I can see happening in the real world or it’s kind of something that I want to happen in the real world. It sounds like it could make things a lot easier when it comes to finding “the one.”

This episode focuses on a device that helps people date and gives them an expiry date on their relationships. People will go through a number of different matches until the device finds them the perfect match. So imagine a piece of technology sorting out your love life for you and you don’t have to do any work. Amazing right?

However, in this episode, a young couple find a flaw in the system, as they want to be with each other but the device has someone else for the both of them. It was a fantastic and really enjoyable episode. One of my favourites.

Episode 5: Metalhead

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I didn’t like this episode. It was good in the sense that it was so different. It was in black and white and it focused on a post-apocalyptic world where robots were killing people. Even though this is something I can see happening in the real world with all the technology that is advancing, like something could go terribly wrong and technology could start attacking us and wiping out the human race. It seems unlikely but you never know. Anyway, they usually make good episodes. I just couldn’t get into this one as much as I usually do. Luckily, this was the shortest episode of the season so it didn’t take too long to get through.

Episode 6: Black Museum

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I really enjoyed this episode. The ending was very dramatic but the build-up was captivating. A traveller enters the Black Museum where a man gives her a tour. This museum is full of criminal artefacts. Inside he tells her three different stories, each of which is very gripping.

First of all, there’s a story of a doctor and a piece of intelligent technology which again, I could see us advancing to in the real world. This technology allows the doctor to feel the pain of his patients so that he can diagnose them quicker. Unfortunately, this piece of technology has side effects and the doctor becomes addicted to feeling pain.

Secondly, there’s a story about a woman who is hit by a car and ends up in a coma, not long after her first child is born. In order to keep her alive, they put her inside her husband and the baby’s father’s head so that she can still be connected to the family and see the child growing up. Obviously, this also has a downside as the husband eventually wants to move on but feels uncomfortable as his wife can see everything through his eyes.

Finally, there is the ultimate story of a man on death row but I’m not going to say much more about this story or the episode as I don’t want to spoil the ending. This is a great episode.

For me, episodes 2, 4 and 6 were the best with episode 3 behind them and then episode 1 and 5 being on par as the worst episodes of the season. Even though there were a few episodes I didn’t like, overall it was a good season with some really cool and interesting technological advancement ideas. I hope they do another season because I want to see some more cool ideas and because it’s an anthology it doesn’t get boring.

Brilliant ideas as always!

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