Since Black Mirror is now a production, we get new episodes every year instead of every five years or however the British normally schedule their shows.

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The increased production (six episode seasons yearly) has yielded….somewhat lesser results, as many fans would agree, but ultimately I vày think Black Mirror is current gene Twilight Zone, and for that reason, I always find it worth a watch. For two years now, the breakdown of a season is usually two bad episodes, three okay ones, and one truly great one, and that’s roughly how I view season 4 this time around.

I binged all of these uh, today, so pardon me if my head is swimming a bit with thoughts on all the disparate stories, but they’re all fresh in my mind for this ranking list, which goes from worst lớn best. Given that pretty much all Black Mirror episodes are based around twists và turns mid-episodes, I don’t find much use discussing them without full spoilers, so be warned. Here we go:

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6. “Metalhead”

I have said previously that I like it when Black Mirror episodes don’t necessarily have an overt message about the dangers of modern tech which blares like an alarm throughout the whole outing. With that said, even though Metalhead accomplishes this with its desolate post-apocalypse where the world is run by murderous mini-robots, it’s just not a very good episode.

I would have been curious to lớn learn more about this world and what happened to it, but Metalhead is only given 40 minutes when some other episodes are well over và hour, & the entire thing is essentially the story of one woman’s escape from a murderous dog-bot the kích cỡ of a trashcan who does everything in its power to murder her.

It’s…innovative, I guess, in the sense that when we think of killer robots they normally look like Terminators and not like a terrier & a toaster had a child, but this is just not terribly deep, kind of boring (one scene is literally the woman sitting in a tree until the bot’s battery runs out of juice) and features one of Black Mirror’s stupidly unnecessary final reveals (they all risked their lives for teddy bears!). It’s my least favorite episode of the batch, though it was in close competition with this next one.

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5. “Crocodile”

Black Mirror is usually bleak, but this one just felt bleak for bleak’s sake with tiny tech angle that seemed shoehorned in to make it qualify for the miniseries. A woman is confronted by a man from her past threatening khổng lồ try lớn “make amends” with the family of a biker they accidentally killed và covered up when they were younger. She kills him, as it could doom her career, but after the elaborate disposal of his body, finds herself in hot water as a new traffic accident, a man getting mildly injured by an automated van which took place outside her hotel room that night, requires to lớn come forward as a witness.

The tech used here is a device that recalls memories that can be used in police investigations and in this case, for insurance purposes. Sort of an ultra stripped-down version of the tech from The Entire History of You, a past, much better episode. The problem is that the questions bring up memories of both murders annnnnd she promptly murders not only the poor insurance investigator, but also her husband and baby as both could potentially ID her.

I didn’t much care for this overly dark episode lớn begin with, but the final pair of twists are just eye-rolling. The first is that the baby she murdered was born blind, so it wouldn’t have mattered if she’d left him as a memory eyewitness. The second is that she’s ultimately caught because you can also extract memories from a guinea pig, it turns out, và she didn’t think to murder the pet that was sitting in the same room as the kid. This episode is well acted by its major players, but ultimately too dark & dumb lớn like.

4. “Hang the DJ”

We’ve turned a corner into episodes that I liked, for the most part. I do think Hang the DJ was trying khổng lồ be this year’s San Junipero too hard. It works, but only to a point. It’s charming enough, and the chemistry between its two leads is easily felt, but the concept is a bit wonky.

Couples exist in a little bubble world where they’re assigned timed relationships that can last between 12 hoursand 5 years. Go through enough of them and the system will automatically match you with “the one,” and you can quickly deduce that this is very much about both modern romance và dating apps. After a sparks-filled 12 hour first date, the central couple are separated. The guy alternates between a dreary one year relationship and being single, the girl has a long affair with a vain guy & a large amount of flings. Ultimately when the two are given the chance to lớn meet up again, they decide to “buck the system” và run away together.

This veers out of YA dystopia territory when it’s revealed that the couple, và all the couples, exist in the algorithm of a phone-based dating sim. Running the bubble world sim reveals a perfect match if you & the other person decide lớn rebel to be together.

It’s…cute, but a little too cute, & while I appreciate the rare happy ending on this show, there simply is not the emotional weight present here that we got in San Junipero. Not that every episode has to lớn be that, but given that it was clearly trying to emulate it, it’s hard not khổng lồ see the difference in quality.

3. “Arkangel”

I liked this one quite a bit because it wasn’t just inventing tech for some twisted plot’s sake, it’s something that I could actually see existing and being used with good intentions, only to have it fail miserably.

The tech here is “Arkangel” a tracking system for children that not only lets you see their physical location & vital signs, but also literally see through their eyes so you know what kind of trouble they’re getting into. It also has a “filter,” where stressful nội dung can be rendered mute & blurry khổng lồ protect the child’s psyche.

This is all well and good when you’re telling little Susie not lớn steal from the cookie jar or find her when she wanders off from the park, but less good when her grandfather has a stroke & she blurs out the entire episode instead of calling for help. In the episode, eventually the mother realizes she needs to lớn scrap the system and let her daughter go, only she’s tempted into using it once again when her daughter starts lying to her as a teenager. Lớn make sure she’s not in trouble she reactivates it only lớn find her daughter having sex và trying drugs. The system also notifies her she’s pregnant, and her mother grinds up a plan B pill in her morning shake to over it. It’s a pretty gripping tale of best intentions going horribly wrong và alienating the child you were trying so desperately to protect. Yes, the commentary here is a little in your face, but the episode is handled so well, I don’t think it matters.

2. “Black Museum”

I had my concerns about this episode, as at first it seemed like a sort of mixtape, where ideas that were too half-baked for full episodes were thrown together for a feature that feels a bit lượt thích a Christmas Special or something.

But in the end, đen Museum ended up being one of my favorites of the year, because not only are the individual neurology-based vignettes good on their own, they all blend together by the over expertly as well, making for one of the most satisfying conclusions of the year.

There’s the doctor addicted khổng lồ a pain-transferring device khổng lồ the point where he starts murdering people for a rush. Then there’s the comatose wife transplanted into her husband’s head where she constantly nags him until he transfers her into a stuffed animal instead. Và there’s the death row inmate who signed away his life rights only lớn have his consciousness trapped as a hologram where patrons of the đen Museum pay khổng lồ electrocute him over & over, with him reliving his death for their amusement endlessly.

All of this ties together as we come to lớn realize that the last man’s daughter, who is being given the tour by the owner, is there for revenge. Lượt thích the next episode on this list, đen Museum ends with a hefty dose of justice, one that makes for a satisfying episode even if everything before it was kind of a bummer. It’s a standout offering that could have been a miss given the structure, but it works.

1. “USS Callister”

If I had to lớn bet, this is the episode everyone will be talking about, not only because it’s the first one, but it also has its biggest stars including Breaking Bad/Friday Night Lights’ Jesse Plemons and How I Met Your Mother’s Cristin Milioti, & both actors turn in phenomenal performances that really put this episode above all the others.

Plemons plays a reclusive tech CTO working on essentially a kind of ultra-immersive VR, but he’s routinely abused & ignored by coworkers khổng lồ the point where he’s made his own, private version of the sim where he’s a Kirk-like starship captain & he gets to quái thú around digital versions of the guys that harass him và the girls that snub him.

But just when you’re feeling sorry for him, things take a hard left turn when you realize that the office workers are in fact fully digital copies of their real selves, complete with memories & agency, realizing they’re in a twisted sim run by an “asshole god,” as they say. They’ve been spawned illegally from copies of their DNA the CTO has grabbed without their knowledge. As the imprisoned CEO puts it, it’s lượt thích being trapped in a waking nightmare that never ends.

This could have gone even more dark, as there’s a funny sequence where it’s revealed no one kisses with tongue and no one even has genitals in the sim because Plemons wants to lớn keep it PG like the original production. But as we go on, we vị wade into deep waters as we learn the CEO’s child was replicated for the sim và forced out an airlock in front of his father to lớn get him to lớn yield and play along.

I’m not sure if there’s a truly “happy” ending at the kết thúc of this one, but it’s certainly one with some measure of justice as the CTO rots in his apartment, stuck in his deleted sim, and the digital crew gets khổng lồ live on infinitely in the sim, now in control of their own fate.

It"s debatable if this is an all-time great episode, but it’s definitely the strongest of this season, và one of the only ones that felt like it truly captured some of that Black Mirror magic missing in most of the other new episodes. If you watch only one episode, I’d make it this one.

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