Aesthetically sterile. All 4 stories are fine, if predictable, & BM is certainly better in the shortened anthology format. Jon Hamm goes way past charming & charismatic to over-acted creepy & cartoonish. Final twist would have been less obv if he were subtler. Fates of two leads feel wildly disproportionate to crimes. Moral: don't trust the government w tech. Tricky take of radio smashing(s) is cool. Would see again
'Toxic Masculinity: The Christmas Special'! The script felt at times like Martin McDonagh trying his hand at writing Harlan Ellison stories i.e. gleefully nasty masculine fucked up-ness disclosing an inner core of frightened little boy Catholicism. The scared and guilty Catholic in me has long been interested in augmented reality punishments so I was pretty hooked by this one as aided by the transfixing Rafe Spall.
I'm not a Christian, but the usual spirit of the holidays always touches me in varying degrees...spoilers: here the holiday celebrating the birth of the Redeemer is subverted in service of the bad-tech line (bad in itself, not how it's used)...nigh reaches a "white bear" level of perversion (hell, inversion) of justice...are the makers of the show maybe just a little bit as cruel as the situations they display?
After WHITE BEAR, this episode is gonna be my favorite episode from BLACK MIRROR. WHITE CHRISTMAS has unique storytelling and innovative concept. I loved how Charlie Brooker presented his idea in this episode. WHITE CHRISTMAS is a social commentary about the ugly side of advanced technology. It isn't just that, this episode is also a psychological drama. Damn, I really loved that twist. One of the best episode...