I'm coming to this episode late, so there's perhaps no way this could have the same impact as it did for viewers back in 2016 - it delivers quite the curveball for what audiences had come to expect from the series - but this is still a lovely slice of sci-fi lite with a hint of melancholy, a delicately crafted episode that trades in its own form of "nostalgia immersion therapy." Or: Charlie Brooker's "Mannequin."
The closest thing we've had to time-traveling in "Black Mirror", this sweet episode is an ode to LGBTI love and the amazing songs of past decades. Don't we wish that, in death, we could be in this higher state of consciousness? Younger, happier, and more true to who we really are after a lifetime of learning? Perhaps San Junipero is Paradise. I don't know, I would move in in a heartbeat and dance to some groovy jam!
San Junipero is a beautiful, transcendental experience which still manages to pose some unsettling questions about the future; what if we could manufacture an afterlife? The soundtrack is beyond perfect. This has to be the best episode of TV in 2016.
FUCK YOU, CHARLIE BROOKER! FUCK YOU! I was expecting something sort of time travel robots but this... FUCKING AWESOME! Sign me up for San Junipero, I wanna marry Mackenzie. And this was definitely a happy ending, wasnt it?
san junipero is everything i have ever wanted and more. it was there when i was trying to figure out myself, it was there when i was coming to terms with myself, and it was there when i was finally comfortable with myself. san junipero relieves, soothes, delights, and gives hope.
Superior episode that uses nostalgia and existence in a way where one complements the other. And they are presented through seductive ride of retro Saturday nights - where everything feels like it's been done before but never really wanting to end. Pure emotions and little eroticism are accompanied with appropriate music that culminates with the smash hit "Heaven Is A Place On Earth".