Charlie Brooker's pet theme of 'weaponized public outrage' is taken to its extreme but logical conclusion in "Hated in the Nation," easily one of the most effective and cinematic episodes in the show's canon. The pairing of two mismatched detectives and a conspiracy involving killer bees recall fond memories of "The X-Files," though it must be said "The X-Files" hasn't been this good in decades. A season highlight.
Like all of the best Black Mirrors, its urgency and terror stem from its dangerous proximity to reality. Recent news of the artificial pollinators developed by Japanese researchers was inevitably met with a collective apprehension. This is life imitating art imitating life.
When an extended TV episode manages to be a better sci-fi/thriller experience than a lot of the films that make their way to cinemas! Even though the idea of high-tech killer bees is not new per se (I remember The X Files had a similar take) the way they're used in this episode is terrific. In the year that saw Trump elected president, the episodes of Black Mirror felt more possible and scarier than ever. #brilliant
What happens when freedom of expression trolling comes face-to-face with technological incitement? What if the daunting popularity contest that is life took on unprecedented levels of peril? Black Mirror's futuristic dystopia edging ever closer to our cultural evolution's worst-case scenarios. Another classic.
I dont know who selects the cast nor the soundtrack for Black Mirror episodes, but they're AWESOME! And the idea of the bees... brilliant! The real targets... HOLY MOLLY! GO BLUE! Indeed, one of the best ideas so far. I have no words to describe how awesome is this series.