Emily 19 October Reply A male voice, not along of background instruments. Quiet and sober sounding.
But it is a lovely piece of music. But hey, it is definitely a bit of continuity fans appreciate each time they hear it — even if it is the prelude to a gruesome death. Netflix Season 2, Episode 3: "The Waldo Moment" Many have made the now-trite observation that this episode, about a cartoon bear who insults his way into higher office, predicted the rise of Donald Trump.
This episode does a good job of again showing that we bend too easily before the loud and obnoxious. But "Black Mirror" usually has more novel things to say. Season 5, Episode 2: "Smithereens" Topher Grace's lovely performance as a tech guru who hates beeps, bloops and push notifications as much as you do saves this from being a pretty run-of-the-mill hostage drama.
But it is a "Black Mirror" episode that could happen right now, in the present day, and we always like when the show pulls that off.
Season 2, Episode 2: "White Bear" Sure, this one's scary, but it's just scary. There's some "Purge"-quality social commentary here, and that's nice. But "Black Mirror" is usually smarter.
Season 3, Episode 2: "Playtest" This episode relies too much on typical scares to be among our favorites. The sudden turn into real-life horror is more affecting than the haunted house scenes.
This time the victim is pop star Ashley Miley Cyrus! We like her , who ends up inside a robot toy owned by one of her adoring fans.
A caper to reunite mind and body ensues, making this one of the funniest episodes of "Black Mirror. Season 2, Episode 1: "Be Right Back" We recommend this episode, and all the ones that follow, with zero reservations.
Season 4, Episode 2: "Arkangel" This episode has the best setup of any "Black Mirror," and seems poised to launch a savage critique of over-parenting.
But it doesn't escalate as much as we expected it to, and can't quite live up to its brilliant concept. We think about this episode every time we ride an exercise bike, which probably isn't often enough.
Season 1, Episode 1: "National Anthem" This mean little story feels all the meaner because it's so easy to imagine it happening in real life.
It's a perfect first episode, because there's no better test of whether "Black Mirror" is for you. Letitia Wright and Douglas Hodge counter the ugliness with some beautiful acting.
Just asking. A frosty blonde antihero Andrea Riseborough tries to outsmart a relentless insurance adjuster. A rodent gets involved. Sentiment-free, it's the most "Black Mirror" episode of "Black Mirror.
The ultimate prank is on you. Oh, also? It could happen. Similar things have already happened.
Netflix 7. And it's one of many episodes that remind us to never let anyone make a digital copy of your soul. Standalone movie: "Bandersnatch" By far the most ambitious "Black Mirror," "Bandersnatch" does something never before attempted in serious drama, using the "Choose Your Own Adventure" format to ask provocative questions about free will and power.
Part film, part video game, it's incredibly impressive, and builds a complicated, stunning alternate-reality that we're still navigating. The one flaw is that the lack of a consistent narrative makes it hard to completely engage with the characters.
Netflix 5. Season 3, Episode 1: "Nosedive" This is the episode that probably hits closest to home: We think about it every time we get in a Lyft or consider writing a negative Yelp review. As soon as it ended we tweeted how much we loved it, then waited to see if anyone would retweet us, and What's wrong with them?
What's wrong with us?
Netflix 4. What's wrong is very hard to explain, but it revolves around a video game obsession shared by her husband Anthony Mackie and his former roommate Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
This is one of the scariest episodes of "Black Mirror," because the fear of a relationship disintegrating is so well-grounded. But there's also a beautiful resolution.
Netflix 2. Season 3, Episode 4: "San Junipero" No other story better captures the s' pulsing mix of hope, heartache, cruelty and perfect pop music. Netflix 1. Season 1, Episode 3: "The Entire History of You" If you've ever been in a relationship with anyone who's been in another relationship, this one will crush you.
Should life be lived, or remembered? And can you separate the living from the remembering? We think of this episode every time our memories fail us -- or serve us much too well.