[Black Mirror SS6 Reviews] Only the first episode is good, while the rest mostly deviate from the theme altogether.
Black Mirror SS6
EP1 - 8.5/10
EP2 - 7/10
EP3 - 6.5/10
EP4 - 5/10
EP6 - 7/10
Overall, this season is actually good, but only in the beginning episodes with fully the Black Mirror style, but after that, it no longer focuses on the negative consequences of technology. It also veers off into a supernatural direction that takes the story far away from being technology-related. While Episode 3 is technically a sci-fi story, the overall narrative is still not closely tied to any plausible technology. It even ventures into a parallel retro-futuristic world. This makes it the weakest season in terms of overall results and it seems like the creators of this series have run out of innovative ideas.
User Review( vote)
- Episode 1 is entertaining, funny, and self-referential.
- It features several famous celebrities in the cast.
- The main theme of the story deviates from technology for the most part.
- There are several lack of logical reasoning.
Black Mirror SS6 The series that originally presented stories about the negative aspects of technology in the sci-fi genre. After a nearly four-year hiatus since Season 5, which consisted of only three episodes, it seems like the creators have reached a creative impasse in Season 6. Despite the return of a longer season with five episodes, the series has deviated from its thematic focus on technology. Only the first episode aligns with the familiar Black Mirror concept, while the rest have strayed so far that they no longer feel like Black Mirror.
In reviews, there might be spoilers regarding the themes of specific episodes to provide clarity on the direction.
Black Mirror SS6 Reviews
EP 1 Joan Is Awful
An average woman is stunned to discover a global streaming platform has launched a prestige TV drama adaptation of her life – in. It’s clearly a satirical take on Netflix itself, aptly named Streamberry. Using cutting-edge AI technology, Streamberry collects user data to create lifelike narratives that mimic real life. Everything in the series is the work of AI, with contracted users and famous actors, like a fictionalized version of Selma Hayek, serving as the prototypes. The storyline presents a complex web of humor and self-parody, providing a glimpse into a future where Netflix absorbs user data to create content without caring. However, the narrative goes even further than what meets the eye, particularly in the mind-boggling finale that leaves viewers pondering its ingenious conception. It can be considered a creative episode that directly integrates with the dark consequences of technology.
EP 2 Loch Henry
The story follows a documentary filmmaker who returns to his hometown to create a continuous series of crime documentaries based on past murderers. This episode starts to deviate from the essence of Black Mirror and leans more towards a thriller genre. It revolves around the filmmaker’s attempt to create a commercially successful documentary by exploiting the painful stories of the victims, hoping to gain recognition and accolades. The storytelling itself is effective, with unexpected twists and turns. However, it concludes with a critique of documentary filmmakers who exploit the pain of victims for personal gain, claiming to present the truth from different perspectives. This storyline is reminiscent of several Netflix productions that have sparked controversy, such as the series DHammer. Overall, it is enjoyable to watch, but it significantly deviates from the Main theme as it completely lacks any utilization of technology throughout the narrative.
EP 3 Beyond the Sea
The story in this episode is a space-based sci-fi set in a parallel world in 1969, where America sends astronauts to a space station. However, there is advanced technology that allows the control of android bodies on Earth, which are like avatars on the station.
From the outside, this episode may seem promising as it embraces the full sci-fi genre. However, the narrative focuses more on the drama within the minds of the astronauts. One of them has suffered the loss of their entire family and relies on the android body of the other astronaut for emotional solace. But it eventually turns into a tragedy. The storyline is quite predictable, lacking complexity, and the plot unfolds in a somewhat enjoyable manner. The problem is that the storyline has many illogical aspects, such as the lack of any form of crime prevention and the narrative appearing far-fetched, exceeding the realm of near-future technology depicted in Black Mirror. However, some people might enjoy it precisely because it is a dark sci-fi.
EP4 Mazey Day
The story revolved around a paparazzi chasing celebrities who were trying to avoid the public. It had nothing to do with any negative consequences of technology whatsoever. Instead, it turned into a bizarre creature hunting and killing humans. The storyline was filled with boredom and had only a few thrilling scenes towards the end. However, it did not align with the Black Mirror theme in the slightest.
EP 5 Demon 79
The beginning of the story introduces “Red Mirror,” which signifies a shift towards the horror genre. This could have been introduced as early as Episode 4, as the storyline deviated from the negative consequences of technology and instead delved into a demonic theme. However, it was fortunate that this episode was relatively entertaining and humorous, thanks to the main character, a sharp-witted Indian girl who transformed into a killer following the comical instructions of a demon in the form of a black man. The pair had to work together to find victims for the ritual on the eve of the apocalypse. The plot of this episode clearly draws inspiration from the movie “Knock at the Cabin.
Overall, Black Mirror SS6 this season is actually good, but only in the beginning episodes with fully the Black Mirror style, but after that, it no longer focuses on the negative consequences of technology. It also veers off into a supernatural direction that takes the story far away from being technology-related. While Episode 3 is technically a sci-fi story, the overall narrative is still not closely tied to any plausible technology. It even ventures into a parallel retro-futuristic world. This makes it the weakest season in terms of overall results and it seems like the creators of this series have run out of innovative ideas.