Sorry, but I kinda loved this one.
Smithereens is overlong, tiresome, and I’d say meandering but like its hero it reaches a destination within half an hour and just sits in place waiting for something dramatic to happen. And then it does and it’s not worth the wait at all.
It’s easier sharing a body when the one you’re offering isn’t really yours. I’ve known this ever since I was a fourteen, pretending to be an adult woman to have cybersex on anonymous websites. Back when the internet was slow and those spaces still felt illicit folks were less picky about confirmation. I think they mostly liked being found desirable.
Until now episodes of Black Mirror have felt like they have had something to say about us. It ain’t always been profound, and its arguments haven’t always been well constructed, but it’s always tried. It’s like playtest doesn’t even try, it’s too much in love with itself to create a working story. Too much in… Continue reading A Glass Darkly: Black Mirror, Season 3 Episode 2. Playtest
In these reviews I’m relaxing my usual position on spoilers. It is strongly recommended you watch before reading. An evening several months ago I sat on a bridge out of town watching the sunset. A man walking down the footpath struck a conversation, he was a teacher, a birdwatcher, he seemed dissatisfied with his… Continue reading A Glass Darkly: Black Mirror, Season 3 Episode 1. Nosedive