Verdict: Black Mirror Season 3 Episode 4 “San Junipero”

Heartbreaking and beautifully shot, ‘San Junipero’ is a rare episode from ‘Black Mirror’ that doesn’t strive to be critical or morally righteous about technology but presents an open, fulfilling view of the liberty technology can provide. The two main protagonists are extremely well realised, and the acting is sensational, forming such a relationship that drips with passion and desire. The emotional pay-off is also incredibly well-developed, and understanding the contrast between the episode’s two ‘worlds’, adds to this. Charlie Brooker is also a lot more subtle here in terms of a wider discussion of the consequences of an individual’s use of social media. This makes the message even more poignant because it feels more organic to the world and compliments the characters actions. They are therefore richer in emotional meaning. I do think keeping the ‘reveal’ for so long did lead to a massive clunk of exposition at the end of the episode, and hints could have been weaved in better, but overall, this was a fascinating episode of Black Mirror, that is certainly unique, and most definitely memorable. 9.7/10

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