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Top 10 Black Mirror Episodes

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Written by Laura Keating Too real, Charlie Brooker, too real! Welcome to WatchMojo UK, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Black Mirror Episodes. For this list, we’ve picked the best ten episodes that this modern “Twilight Zone” has to offer. There may be some light spoilers along the way, so for those who want to go in completely blind, you have been warned. Special thanks to our user Vitto0606 for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool: WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Top 10 Black Mirror Episodes

Too real, Charlie Brooker, too real! Welcome to WatchMojo UK, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Black Mirror Episodes.

For this list, we’ve picked the best ten episodes that this modern “Twilight Zone” has to offer. There may be some light spoilers along the way, so for those who want to go in completely blind, you have been warned.

#10: “Hated in the Nation” (2016)

In this critically acclaimed episode, Detective Chief Inspector Karin Parke is under scrutiny for her involvement in a matter of national security, and the apparent suicide of a journalist.
In flashbacks, the audience watches as she and her partner, Blue, investigate more deaths – all of which have mysterious links to new technology. A great primer for anyone new to the Black Mirror series, it plays well with the continuing concept to be wary of technology and social media, no matter how shiny and useful it may first appear.

#9: “Fifteen Million Merits” (2011)

A satirical look at a dystopian working class, “Fifteen Million Merits” presents a world in which people must pay for the privilege of existence through menial, physical tasks. All work and very little play, any alone time in this hellhole is flooded with frustrating advertisements, which only the wealthiest can afford to skip. There is a way out of this monotonous, slave-like lifecycle though. Impress the higher-ups in a part-talent, part-humiliation game show called “Hot Shot”. Ultimately, this episode shows us that taking a stand is one thing, and “winning” is another.

#8: “The Waldo Moment” (2016)

This one might cut a bit close to the bone for some people. A comedian, Jaime Salter, uses a blue bear avatar, Waldo, to interview politicians as a gag in a late night comedy show. As a joke, the show’s producer suggests that the very popular Waldo should actually run in an upcoming election. As Jaime gets deeper into the world of real politics, he becomes an internet sensation, but as the public become more charmed by the bear, things take a dark turn. Written by Charlie Brooker in 2013, it has drawn many comparisons to another certain TV personality turned politician, and has enjoyed an increase in reception since initial release.

#7: “Nosedive” (2016)

In Nosedive, we see a world where social status, is measured by one’s social media status. Those with higher ranks are elite, and those with low ranks … well. Just how low you can go is explored via Lacie Pound, a middling young woman who desperately wants to be part of the elite. Despite doing all the right things, she can’t seem to climb the social hierarchy, and she spirals into a nosedive. A perfect example of Brooker getting social commentary spot on, it’s scary just how accurate this episode is, and it will have you thinking twice every time you try to boost your own rep on social media.

#6: “White Christmas” (2013)

In the series’ only holiday special, two men at a remote, snowy outpost swap stories. Three seemingly unconnected tales of technology gone wrong, a weird sense that you don’t quite know how you got to where you are – something clearly isn’t adding up. This twisted, techno police drama was met with great critical acclaim, and is considered one of the strongest episodes of the series. One thing is for certain, you won’t be wishing it was Christmas every day after this.

#5: “Shut Up and Dance” (2016)

Unlike other “Black Mirror” episodes, this installment doesn’t rely on theoretical future technology to tell its chilling tale – we already have web cameras. After a teenager is recorded in a compromising position through his web camera, a hacker sends him messages instructing him to perform certain tasks, or the video will be made public and humiliate him. However, he is not alone in the blackmailing troll’s plan. As the situation escalates, there seems to be no way out. The moral of the story: Never trust a troll. And also... cover up your web cam.

#4: “The Entire History of You” (2011)

This third episode of the first season is proof that sometimes it’s best not to dwell on things. In this alternative reality, people can have ‘grains’ inserted into their bodies in order to record everything that they see and hear. Later, these perfectly recorded memories can be replayed and studied. But after a dinner party Liam Foxwell begins to suspect his wife is keeping an affair from him. Not leaving well-enough alone, he discovers more than he would have liked. This disturbing parable about the role social media can have on our relationships was well-received – and might make you think twice about your “saved” memories.

#3: “The National Anthem” (2011)

When the show arrived in 2011 they were not pulling punches. In this disturbing outing, the fictitious Prime Minister discovers that a beloved member of the Royal Family has been kidnapped. But the ransom isn’t just money. The kidnapper demands that the princess will be killed unless the PM humiliates himself on international television – specifically by having sex with a live pig. The public is amused, but quickly horrified, while continuing to watch nevertheless. While it first glance the episode seems like political satire, it swiftly turns on its head becoming social commentary holding a mirror, if you will, up to the audience itself.

#2: “Be Right Back” (2013)

Perhaps one of the most devastating episodes in the entire series, “Be Right Back” asks audiences just how far they would go to see a deceased loved one again. After the sudden death of her live-in boyfriend, a young woman is left shattered. Trying to help, a friend in a similar situation persuades her to try an app whereby the deceased’s social media information is compiled to create a personality you can talk to. Not enough, the heartbroken woman takes further steps to get her boyfriend back. But after discovering that replicas are not the same as the real thing, she finds herself near literally haunted by the past.

#1: “San Junipero” (2016)

Perhaps the most uplifting, yet bittersweet episode, “San Junipero” takes the old story of two people right for each other meeting at the wrong time in their lives, and changes it up. Set in 1987, two young women meet in a fun beach town. Despite the fact that they hit it off, one seems reluctant to commit to anything – at least in San Junipero, she says. It is revealed that San Junipero is a virtual reality, where those dead or dying can upload their consciousness, and the living can visit, if only for five hours at a time. The young women are actually two old women, who despite odds have found love in their final days.


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