Considering how much "Black Mirror's" reputation has traded on deep cynicism and nihilistic punchline endings, it's been something of a surprise to discover over the course of the last two Netflix seasons that the show also excels at melancholy romanticism. "Hang the DJ" is Match.com filtered through "The Prisoner," a clever exploration of internet dating culture that owes a great debt to its leads' chemistry.
I kinda hoped that we wouldn't get another positive episode, or at least, it wouldn't be romance-based. Also they don't fully dive down into explaining the technological side of things, it feels rushed at points. But the main couple had great chemistry, so its got that going for it.
"What if actually all the System is doing is wearing us down? Putting us in one relationship after another, in random sequences. Each time you get a little bit more pliable, a little bit more broken, until eventually it coughs up the final offering and says that’s the one." Simultaneously endearing and devastating episode. Not sure about the end though. Both lead actors were super charming and had great chemistry.
3.7* Completely charming and only a little bit fucked up. Further proof that Black Mirror works best when it shows us that tech isn't completely dystopian and horrific. But if this is the best series 4 has to offer... it's been a weak return for Charlie Brooker and team.
It takes a sci-fi thriller tv series to makes me believe in love again. I always wanted to have a certainty in terms of my romantic relationship but after watching this episode, it makes me see the bright and fun side of the uncertainty that love can bring. Definitely my favorite from the 4th season.
The ending sabotages it, raising too many questions about consent + awareness. This really the best means for this end? It has now dipped into the well of violated simulations too many times, if it hadn't already. Most insidious in the way it plays the audience with broad romance, vague anti-system rhetoric, solipsistic satisfactions.