It's both a dedication for geek culture and exploration of what could lie beneath childhood fantasies. What works brilliantly is that standard plot devices for fantasies are used as a mirror image of one's issues derived from the actual reality. Jesse Plemons is perfectly cast as such individual, who's narcissism is well hidden beneath underappreciated persona only to be unleashed as a larger than life God complex.
Great design, camera work, performances, hilarious. Marred by cringe wish fulfillment ending and unbelievably bad science-turned-deus-ex-machina that can't just be hand waved away. Story breaks own internal rules at one point w/o explanation! Episode doesn't actually address interesting topic at play, consciousness? of AI, moral consequences. If you aren't onboard that AI are 'real' then ep plays very diff 2.5
I loath Charlie Brooker's brand of out-of-touch, curmudgeon-fear-mongering. This series is less like a science fiction show and more like your grandpa ranting about how "the smart phones are going to dismantle our social lives" and "the AI is taking over!" But this episode really shows some competent script work, passable acting and a great little twist, so good on you Charlie you made one that is worth a few stars.
Plemons is wonderful, but his role is too one note for both his portrayal and the his narrative presence. Milioti is a treasure, but is given very little room to move. It's fun and all in all enjoyable, but despite itself the story hangs like a more tired concept than it actually is.
Questo è il terzo episodio consecutivo che non mi entusiasma per niente. E' stato divertente vedere queste scene con grafica volutamente scadente, tutte queste citazioni di Star Trek (non che venga mai nominato), ma alla fine, piccoli cloni, in Black Mirror, li avevamo già visti, così come l'idea del videogioco collegato unicamente alla mente del giocatore. Due idee riciclate, che non regalano nulla di nuovo.
3 * overlooking the grade school grade science fiction, a la "White Christmas" (copy someone's DNA (on your personal Home DNA Copier!) and you'll get exact-right-down-to-their-favorite-ice cream copies of people to lord over. three stars for the ironic reversal of the trope of escaping through danger to "avoid" danger, and for the reminders of what Ready Player One could've been if Spielberg wasn't a pandering soda
At first, I thought USS CALLISTER is gonna be a spoof or parody of STAR TREK series. Then, it turned out to be something beyond than I expected. USS CALLISTER once proved that Charlie Brooker has a terrific talent as a storyteller. Like any other BLACK MIRROR episodes, USS CALLISTER is still telling you about the ugly side of advanced technology & how bleak the future is. One of the best STAR TREK episode never made.
This feels like a really bad episode of ST:TNG, set in the holodeck. You just have to keep suspending disbelief in order to follow the plot. It's like a 3rd grader who knows nothing about technology wrote it. "And then he takes the DNA, and boom, the person is in the game!" Like magic! Didn't Black Mirror already do this similar plot a couple of times?
Deploying the surface level sexism of classic "Star Trek" to deconstruct toxic masculinity among fanboy culture is one of those sharp ideas you're surprised no one has ever done before. The killer premise, superb casting, and stylish look are enough to gloss over the fact that this episode's premise hinges on a trope - sentient A.I. trapped in hell - we've seen perhaps one too many times on "Black Mirror."