2.9. Extremely well-executed, as usual--in fact, the series' story-telling efficiency, impeccable acting, and high-sheen visuals align just-so with its prevailing themes of creeping emotional aversion and displacement in a year-next-door regime of commercialized virtuality. Everywhere you turn, your own private uncanny valley. But I suspect it gets (and not alone, cf. Westworld) the embodied AI-to-VR ratio all wrong.
Mybe the best recent experiment in sci-fi with the theme of AI (and I'm including Ex-Machina and Her). And it avoids fetichist traps, like Ex-Machina (man and his gynoid). This is, aparentely, the dream of Ray Kurzweil: bring your loved one back - gathering all the information left behind, making semantic connections, with computational power we do not have yet, creating a "person". Here it is. Let's dare look at it.
The first half reminded me of "Her": an emotional story complemented with smart use of sci-fi elements that seemed so plausible to exist within the next 5, 10 years. Then the physical body arrived and things got crazier, but this was still a clever episode, in line to what is the spirit of the series.
This first episode in the second season of BLACK MIRROR has an interesting premise. It kinda reminds me to Spike Jonze's HER. It almost has a similar theme. About how advanced technology changed the way we communicating to each other. But BE RIGHT BACK is more twisted and personal than HER. It's bizzare - to imagine that technology can bring back someone you love from his/her grave. BE RIGHT BACK is a decent start...
Fantastic episode dealing with personhood and the ways in which technology might affect our view of it. A very beautiful and endearing story with top-notch acting. l really enjoyed the ambiguity of the ending as well.
Desolate episode, both in terms of visuals and story. It's twisted, but also warm, in a weird way. It has this strange duality, that can be compared to how we would respond when confronted with a situation like this. A mix of relief and happiness with doubt and uneasiness. Very thought-provoking, yet again.