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.
For all those damning by comparison, it is worth noting that 'Be Right Back' pre-dates 'Her' (admittedly by months), 'Humans' and 'Majorie Prime' - 'Black Mirror' does tend to ride the waves first, even while it does not always reach the highest crests. This is a very quiet episode, teasing out the ethical and psychological implications of the technology without much drama. It has a pleasingly melancholy tone.
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.