Black Mirror Recaps And Ramblings

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Here I go again. Another series that I love and want to ramble on about episode by episode. However, this time there is a twist! Instead of me being the only one who is entertained by this nonsense, Wolf is joining in the fun and also tearing through the series. I'm actually jealous because he is getting to watch them all for the first time.

So, like my Bond and BSG threads I will talk about what I like and dislike about each episode and also rate them from 1-5. Hopefully it will turn into a good discussion with Wolf and whoever else wants to join in.

 
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I’ll post my thoughts tomorrow, I’m about to go to bed. I just completed S2E1 which was creepy.

Hopefully I’ll complete their series sometime this week. I’m working now and I won’t be able to do my all day binge-watching marathon like last year.
 
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s01e01 The National Anthem - This is a helluva way to start a series. Some weird plot devices to get the PM to bang the pig (like the government saying his family won't be protected if he doesn't go through with it) but whatever, it's a really funny idea and since all these episodes have some sort of moral attached to them I think this one is mostly about the 24 hour news cycle and internet gossip being out of control. I can see how this while idea would turn some people off from the series before it even really begins but I like this super dark funny stuff (like Human Centipede) and this episode pretty much secured my love of the series right away. 4.5/5

Oh and this was the series premier in 2011 on the UK's Channel 4.
 
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I'm not great giving good detail reviews like Koop does, but I'll try my best.

I thought Black Mirror was a series focusing the same cast members in each episode. But I'm glad it doesn't deal with the same stars in every show. Finally, it makes a show different and interesting. I usually have to give a series a few episodes until I like it, but the first two were pretty interesting.


But I thought S1E1 was pretty good. The prime minister f'ing a pig. Now if somebody goes down on him, they can smell bacon or sausage links. :roflmao: I may have forgotten by why was that woman kept sexting to that guy. I don't believe that has anything to do with the kidnapping.

I give it 4/5, I hardly do fractions in my ratings.
 
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S1E2 was pretty interesting, it starred Daniel Kaluuya from the great movie Get Out. The storyline had different scenarios in it like America's Got Talent meets Nintendo avatars, with a little bit of Biggest Loser in it.

I couldn't live that lifestyle. Waking up every day in a small room with tv's all around me. Especially having porn coming onto the screen, my head would go through the screen, like Daniel did. How long do you have to bike ride, literally all day to earn merits? I guess memebag would have no issues there. But you have to use some to get a drop of toothpaste? The food selection in the vending machine would probably drive me crazy. To finally move out of the world you need 15 million merits to appear on a show and only if you are selected by the judges. That was kinda crazy her talent is to sing and the judges make her do porn. But either way if the judges like you, you get a nicer place and probably don't have to worry about earning merits anymore.

I give that episode 3/5 and I'll put up my reviews on the next two shows later today.
 
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I may have forgotten by why was that woman kept sexting to that guy. I don't believe that has anything to do with the kidnapping.
She was trying to coax him into giving her info about the situation. He worked for the PM and she was the reporter that wound up getting shot.
 
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S1E2 was pretty interesting, it starred Daniel Kaluuya from the great movie Get Out. The storyline had different scenarios in it like America's Got Talent meets Nintendo avatars, with a little bit of Biggest Loser in it.

I couldn't live that lifestyle. Waking up every day in a small room with tv's all around me. Especially having porn coming onto the screen, my head would go through the screen, like Daniel did. How long do you have to bike ride, literally all day to earn merits? I guess memebag would have no issues there. But you have to use some to get a drop of toothpaste? The food selection in the vending machine would probably drive me crazy. To finally move out of the world you need 15 million merits to appear on a show and only if you are selected by the judges. That was kinda crazy her talent is to sing and the judges make her do porn. But either way if the judges like you, you get a nicer place and probably don't have to worry about earning merits anymore.

I give that episode 3/5 and I'll put up my reviews on the next two shows later today.
s01e02 Fifteen Million Merits - I forgot about the last 20 mins of this one so it was cool to see that again. Clearly the moral here is about the obsession with celebrity culture and shows like The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent. Cool to see the Get Out guy. Like pretty much everyone else I didn't know him when this first came out. Also, Jessica Brown Findlay was great. I did know her from Downton Abbey when this originally aired and it was neat to see her in a very different role. The Get Out guy's monologue was really well done. I'm pretty much with you on the one Wolf. 3.5/5

In a Black Mirror style twist, Findlay in real life had something similar to what happened to her character go down. If you don't mind being a straight up perv, Google "Jessica Brown Findlay the fappening" and you will see some very explicit pics and video from when her phone got hacked.
 
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S1E3 "The Entire History of You" - This episode was f'ed up but good. People having grains in there head, recording everything and playing it back like a DVR. I could you live like that analyzing every little second of your life. But towards the end, he goes to that guy's house and forces him to delete every moment of his wife. Then he forces his cheated wife to replay the sex tape. That why that episode was f'ed up.

I give this episode 3/5.
 

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S1E3 "The Entire History of You" - This episode was f'ed up but good. People having grains in there head, recording everything and playing it back like a DVR. I could you live like that analyzing every little second of your life. But towards the end, he goes to that guy's house and forces him to delete every moment of his wife. Then he forces his cheated wife to replay the sex tape. That why that episode was f'ed up.

I give this episode 3/5.
I remember really liking that one. They have a few episodes dealing with implants that mess with you vision. Looking forward to seeing it again.
 
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S2E1 - "Be Right Back" - Now, this episode was creepy. The day in age of social media and the boyfriend dies. Then Martha is able to interact with her the dead boyfriend based on his memories of social media. Even though that could be kinda cool to interact with your former love one beyond the grave. But then the episode gets even creepier when she orders a body and have it delivered. I bet Amazon will have something like that one day, just order an android body and download the data into the body, to have your loved one back. But I do love the fake technology in that one episode, maybe one day our phones can be that thin.

I give that episode 4/5.
 

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What episode are you up to? I'm off tomorrow and will try to catch up.
 

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S2E2 - "White Bear" - The episode started out very strange and kinda hard to figure out. Don't know what the hell is going on and the world is taking video and pictures of you. Until she appears on stage and turns into like the old tv show "This Is Your Life"which basically explains everything. Killing a young girl and have to be to tortured everyday in a theme park? Now that is totally f'ed up! Now this series is starting to get creepier, darker and f'ed up which I like!

I give that episode 4/5.
 
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Ok, I'm only 3 eps behind, it'll be easy to catch up.
I could easily skip Monday Night Raw tonight and finished season 2 and have season 3 halfway done. Of course, you will catch up and pass me up tomorrow that is alright. But I'll have the series completed sometime by end of the week. I also want to keep up with rest of my other shows. But tonight Raw has been on the air for 25 years and all the old greats will be on the show.
 
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I'll have the series completed sometime by end of the week.
Once Netflix took over for season 3 the seasons got longer at 6 episodes each and one of those 6 in each season is almost as long as a movie. Plus, the Xmas Jon Hamm episode is also over an hour. So it may take a little longer depending on how much time you have.
 

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By the time, I get home I usually have 3 - 4 hours of free time. But I also hang out with my little girl, aka my dog. She usually is all over me and I give her all of my attention, which comes first.


But here are the rememaing episodes and run time.

S2E3 - 43m
S2E4 - 1h 13m

S3E1 - 1h 3m
S3E2 - 57m
S3E3 - 52m
S3E4 - 1h 1m
S3E5 - 1h
S3E6 - 1h 29m

S4E1 - 1h 16m
S4E2 - 52m
S4E3 - 59m
S4E4 - 51m
S4E5 - 41m
S4E6 - 1h 9m

Looking at my schedule of shows. I believe, I might knock out season 2 tomorrow, a couple on Wednesday and have nothing on Thursday. Which I could finish off season 3. Sometime this weekend any remaining season 3 episodes and completing the series by Sunday.
 
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Since it was a about 40 minuets long, just finished watching S2E3 “The Waldo Moment” - Basically Animoji vs Politics and the character of Waldo lost his job and became homeless. There were a couple of funny jokes. But that was the worst episode of Black Mirror so far.

I give that one a 1.5/5

Now I can totally knock out season 2 tomorrow, with that 90-minute movie.
 
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I'm catching up Wolf. I watched 2 episodes so far today.

s01e03 The Entire History of You - They do these implants/virtual or augmented reality episode a few times and I usually like them all. This one is no exception. The Boyfriend character is a dick and deserves everything he gets. It's kinda creepy to think that you would need to show you past month at the airport to get on a plane. I liked the concept and execution of this episode. 4/5

On to season 2 and 2013!

s02e01 Be Right Back - Starting here, the show does one sweet episode per season and I like them. I liked seeing Domhnall Gleeson in this episode. It was before he blew up with The Revenant and Star Wars and was still mostly known as the Harry Potter guy so it was cool to see him in a very different role. This is similar to the movie "Her" but goes the extra mile with the humanoid robot instead of simply the voice. Not the most memorable episode but a good one nonetheless. 3.5/5

I like the sweet episodes and I like the super fracked up ones. The ones that I don't love are usually the ones with a dark premise but then a somewhat happy ending. If it's dark from the start I want it to finish even darker.
 
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