The episode required a lot of build-up until the frightening part began, but then the scares just started rolling in and things got pretty intense. I really liked the final twist, the analogy with Alzheimer's decease and, if the leading man was a touch more relatable, we would feel more sorry for him in the end. But overall a solid episode... I like when "Black Mirror" plunges into suspense/horror territory.
I think all of us knew - PLAYTEST is a social commentary of Virtual Reality (VR) technology. I must admit, PLAYTEST did a pretty good job. At first, I thought this episode is a sci-fi stuff. Then, I was quite surprised when PLAYTEST turned into a horror. This episode has an interesting concept. About how VR can affect human life and make them confused - can't choose which is real and which is fantasy. Worth watching.
So it's about this obnoxious, two-dimensional, wise-ass American backpacker with mommy issues and financial difficulties, that just so happens to find a quick buck testing at "top secret" British horror video game company to finance a trip home. But things aren't what they seeeem. This one lulls you into a false sense of security before doling out some real nightmare fuel in the latter half, so stick around… or not.
Maybe VR games aren't worth it. Maybe we should keep it all Cartesian theatre style. This is kinda like the Cabin in the Woods episode, and Wyatt Russell is really good in this, and I hope he does a lot of good horror like his father.