An amicable enough distraction from loneliness. In writing this I'm essentially just synthesizing other Mubi reviews, but that's what Brooker did here so at least it's appropriate! I enjoyed imagining/assuming that the playfully insulting one another back and forth is how Brooker and Huq first starting dating. Disappointed the restaurant didn't have the finger scanners from 'Nathan Barley' though!
The humour and acting were great and made for a refreshing and somewhat topical rom com. Always good to see a lighter Black Mirror. I feel like some of the themes of consent and gender roles should have been explored a bit more instead of just hinted at. Some of the cgi was super shoddy. I also really hated the ending despite its originality and use of the Smiths. Maybe just a bit too smart and smug for its own good.
Finally, I found another favorite episode from BLACK MIRROR. It's called HANG THE DJ. I don't know why, but I felt this episode kinda reminds me a bit to SAN JUNIPERO from the previous season. Maybe because both episodes almost have a similar theme: About finding a true love. Also, both episodes have a happy ending. I loved HANG THE DJ because I liked how Charlie Brooker makes us care to its main characters. AMAZING!
The first Black Mirror I saw, an interesting introduction to the series. Relationships all having expiration dates is such a depressing thought. It makes you wonder if there's really someone who's there to stay, not just passing by in exchange for a lesson, at most. Ignoring the odds does not guarantee beating the odds though. We're all fucked up and lonely in the end.
An episode that dissects romantic relationships, sweeping through thrills, happiness, resentments, regrets and fulfillment that takes the ending by the storm with the catharsis worthy of everything that proceeded it. But it takes more than just a great premise to feel, as a viewer, the joy and the sorrow along with protagonists. And because of that, it reaches the heights of "San Junipero".