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« Reply #40 on: 08-12-2015 07:38 »

I watched the entire series (so far) recently, and I really loved it for the most part. The storylines are truly ingenious, as are the twists they usually pack - and you've gotta admire any tv show that can induce multiple existential crises. tongue

My two favourite episodes so far would be Fifteen Million Merits and White Bear. The former was a slow burn, but the last 15 minutes or so was one of the most devastating things I've ever seen on television, and the latter was incredibly suspenseful the entire way through, with a truly genius twist that recontextualised everything brilliantly.

The National Anthem and Be Right Back were also brilliant (hell, reading a synopsis of The National Anthem is what made me check out the show to begin with, and it definitely did not disappoint tongue) - the latter in particular really got to me, because the motivations of the main character were rooted so deep in my own greatest fears, their actions remained completely understandable no matter how insane the story became.

I wasn't particularly impressed by The Entire History of You or The Waldo Moment, though. Both had decent enough ideas (particularly the former, which could've been something incredible had they taken the idea of the memory-recording technology and applied it towards something more interesting than a bland plot about trust in relationships), but their execution really left something to be desired. hmpf

White Christmas was also great, though I couldn't help but feel that Brooker was trying to pack too much into one special. There was definitely enough in here for at least two proper episodes of the show, and it would've been nice to see some of the ideas explored a little further (namely the concept of "blocking" people in real life, and making digital copies of one's consciousness to do minor tasks for them).

Overall, however, the show's resonated very deeply with me, and I'm really looking forward to season 3. smile
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« Reply #41 on: 08-12-2015 19:26 »

It sounds like a really cool show and I'm definitely planning on giving it a go. It sounds both interesting and frightening.
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« Reply #42 on: 08-13-2015 21:55 »

I wish they'd give us some news about the third series that they've working away on.

I also wish they'd give us some news about the American remake there have been rumblings of. I'd love for Brooker to exec produce an American version that hires loads of writers to work to his vision, meaning that we get like 10-13 American Black Mirror episodes a year, plus our 3, bi-annual Charlie Brooker-written, British episodes.
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« Reply #43 on: 09-01-2016 23:58 »
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Old-ish news, but 6 brand new episodes of the show will arrive on Netflix on the 21st October, 3 of which are written by Charlie Brooker. smile

Episode titles:

1. San Junipero
2. Shut Up and Dance
3. Nosedive
4. Men Against Fire
5. Hated in the Nation
6. Playtest

10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg has both written & directed the sixth episode, so I greatly look forward to that. Also, Wyatt Russell is in it!
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« Reply #44 on: 09-04-2016 00:14 »

What was the twist in ten cloverfield lane?
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« Reply #45 on: 09-04-2016 00:28 »

What was the twist in ten cloverfield lane?

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« Reply #46 on: 09-04-2016 00:40 »

That's pretty good.
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« Reply #47 on: 10-08-2016 17:15 »


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« Reply #48 on: 10-08-2016 17:26 »

So I've heard.  How many episodes are they grabbing?
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« Reply #49 on: 10-08-2016 18:00 »

12 in total, split into two runs of 6. I assume the next 6 (season 4) will be up on Netflix in 2017.
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« Reply #50 on: 10-10-2016 03:39 »

Yay, more than three episodes whenever I watch again!  I still have the christmas ep to watch.
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« Reply #51 on: 10-10-2016 21:21 »

I still have the christmas ep to watch.

The fates of the characters in that one are reaaaal grim.
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« Reply #52 on: 10-10-2016 22:07 »

Do they like bacon?
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« Reply #53 on: 10-27-2016 00:16 »

I just finished series 3 and I feel like it's the best to date.

"Nosedive" is basically identical in premise to that incredible Meowmeowbeanz episode of Community but who cares? It's really interesting to see it played "straight", even if the episode doesn't shy away from the unavoidable satire and darkly comic undertones. This was my favourite of series 3.

"Playtest" was pretty simplistic but it was an enjoyable, little horror romp. It felt like a Black Mirror B-side, but that's fine now that the series are twice as long.

"Shut Up and Dance" was great. A real edge of your seat sort of episode. The "twist" was incredibly obvious to me from the start, but it was still a great watch and one that stayed with me more than anything else this series.

"San Junipero" was the one weak link this series for me despite it seeming to be one of the very favourites of everyone else. I loved the aesthetic, I loved the premise and the montage at the end was absolutely wonderful. I didn't like the incredibly dull 40 minute dry-hump before anything interesting started to happen. This is the first episode of the series that I felt would have strongly benefitted from the running time being trimmed.

"Men Against Fire" was great. I kind of wish they'd, once again, trimmed the running time considerably and hadn't felt the need to spell everything out as blatantly as they did at the end, but I enjoyed it a hell of a lot all the same.

"Hated in the Nation" was another great. A very silly premise handled with absolute sincerity to the point that it becomes a gripping tale and a harrowing exploration of the contemporary condition - which is basically what Black Mirror is all about. Once again, I felt like it could have been trimmed quite a bit, but it was a good end for the season.


Overall, I'm very impressed with what we were given. The increase in budget is hugely noticable and that's only a good thing - especially with how some of the episodes retain the low-end, gritty feel of the earlier series all the same.

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