Brooker displaying traditional storytelling chops as a writer for perhaps the first time in his career (and I say that as someone who loves 'Nathan Barley', but recognises that its plotting & character development are shoddy at best). I fear Abi was only there to be "put in the fridge" but Jessica Findlay makes her feel human. Most interesting to me as auto-critique of the co-opting of Brooker's own critical persona.
This should be considered the 1st REAL episode of Black Mirror. Very layered as a episode with the symbolism, take heed and know this- the future is already here. Also had no idea Rupert Everett was in this till i seen the end credits, blown away by his exaggerated rendition of Simon Cowell. Off topic but somewhat related, Bing integrating that dance routine was bizarre & on the verge of cringe though.
In a technologically advanced but culturally decadent future, a certain class of people are forced to pedal meaninglessly on bikes to accumulate "merits" for essential needs and ways to kill time...one of these people, a discontented young man, starts up a romance with a fellow grunt, to disastrous and degrading consequences.. shows how even the most heartfelt attempt at rebellion can be hegemonized...
FIFTEEN MILLION MERITS succeed to captured the dark side of advanced technology. This episode is a satire about the dependency of human being with what we called "technology". It depicted how technology could make us uncivilized. It's chilling, thought-provoking, and entertaining. This episode taught us that sometimes technology could make us a "slave". It would be great if the storyline doesn't go too linear. Great!