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June 15, 2019

Original Content podcast: ‘Black Mirror’ returns with one of its strongest seasons

Less than six months after releasing the disappointing interactive experiment “Bandersnatch,” Netflix’s science fiction anthology series “Black Mirror” is back with three traditionally-structured episodes.

On the latest installment of the Original Content podcast, we weigh in with our thoughts on the new season. We didn’t entirely agree on which episodes were strongest, but we agreed that there wasn’t a real misfire in the bunch.

Darrell and Jordan were most impressed the season opener, “Striking Vipers” — which uses a VR fighting game as a launching point for a thorny exploration of sexuality and friendship — while Anthony preferred [...]

 
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June 11, 2019

‘Black Mirror’ has nothing left to say

The scariest thing in Black Mirror season five is Nine Inch Nails’ song “Head Like a Hole” transformed into a teenybopper tune by Miley Cyrus. It’s inherently unsettling, as if we’re peering into an alternate universe where Trent Reznor’s gloomy lyri…
 
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June 10, 2019

Black Mirror is back for S5, but it might be running out of fresh ideas

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Enlarge / Anthony Mackie is a husband and father who finds himself caught up in a virtual reality game in “Striking Vipers,” one of three new Black Mirror episodes. (credit: YouTube/Netflix)

Netflix debuted the much-anticipated fifth season of its sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror last week, and while the show remains inventive and thought provoking, it’s possible that, five seasons in, it might just be running out of fresh ideas.

(Some spoilers below.)

Black Mirror is the creation of Charlie Brooker, co-showrunner with Annabel Jones, and he writes almost every [...]

 
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June 6, 2019

The Black Mirror Fighting Game Episode Was Out Of Control

Kotaku Editor Natalie Degraffinreid and I watched the second episode of the new season of Black Mirror, which is about two old friends that reconnect through a video game. If that sounds both tame and normal, we would both like to assure you that it is neither. It was so out of control that we had to sit down and talk…

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