Black Mirror season 5 has been available on Netflix for awhile now, and opinions have certainly been mixed. With anthology shows, there are always going to be some episodes that are better than others, but we make the argument on this edition of the Sci Fi Fidelity podcast that all three episodes of this latest offering were better, and specifically more thematically rich, than most critics give them credit for.
We each picked our own representative episode to discuss, but although “Smithereens” didn’t make the cut, it doesn’t mean we enjoyed it any less. With “Striking Vipers,” the discussion centers around the many philosophical questions about love, cheating, and personal identity posed by the central conflict of the episode. As we move on to “Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too” we hone in on the teenage perspective and how the story must be seen through younger eyes to appreciate.
We’ve talked about Black Mirror before on the podcast, but this latest batch of episodes has really given us a lot to think about. It’s always the shows that either have multiple levels of interpretations or critical controversy that make the best discussions, and Black Mirror season 5 has both. Plus the acting in these episodes deserves particular praise.
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Michael Ahr is a writer, reviewer, and podcaster here at Den of Geek; you can check out his work here or follow him on Twitter (@mikescifi). Dave Vitagliano has been writing and podcasting about science fiction television since 2012. You can read more of his work here.