"Arkangel" isn't a great episode of "Black Mirror" - the ending is completely daft, for one thing, and aspects of the tech feel like a rehash of "White Christmas" - but I have to forgive it some of these faults if only because, out of the entire series, it feels like the one scenario that I could easily imagine becoming a reality in just a few years' time. Helicopter parenting taken to the extreme.
Not getting the reason for all the shady comments towards this episode... seemed like classical "Black Mirror" to me. I thought it successfully explored the dangers of overbearing parental control, a very contemporary subject matter. I particularly liked the UI/UX design interface, the show always takes special attention to these little graphic details.
Another strong episode. The subject matter is worth pondering and since I am a parent myself I can sympathize with the mom eventhough she is clearly overstepping boundaries. However, the loose and sketchy implications that the overbearing protectiveness might have enhanced or triggered the daughters violent/destructive tendencies felt very unresolved. Interesting think piece for parents!
So, you can painlessly inject a live video feed into someone’s eyes but tablets still require a USB charge? Also, “The Breakfast Gang”, the ham-fisted self-references, and ‘drugs are bad mmmkay’ schlock to force the plot along – are you fucking kidding me? I guess the Netflix quota is forcing the show to churn out quantity over quality, but at what cost to this show’s fairly sterling reputation?
With any complied device, most moms would have done the same creepy attempt. Even my mom, with-her-limited-skills-and-devices, is still trying to (creepily) intervene my life and often unconsciously considered me as her projection. Never walk in moms' shoes, so no judgments.