What I've seen of Black Mirror is either a "cool, I guess..." or a mediocre time at my closest twitter cringetopia worshipping- I have yet to shower anything in this ballpark with compliments. National Anthem is probably its best episode! Ironically,the political aesthetic hides a most universal short story, one that champions absurdism in scifi over flavor-of-the-year F u t u r e scaremongering(those won't age well)
Poor start to a good TV show... despite some contextual matter regarding voyeurism and the insta mcinformation age we now are entrenched in, this one doesn't really have much of a tech message (good, bad, or indifferent)...the sexual logistics (how could a normal man keep it up?) are skewed, too...
An extension of a lot of the themes (Internet as echo chamber; "post-ironic" cruelty; memeified terrorism) Brooker already explored in 'Dead Set' and 'Nathan Barley'. A little dry, in spite of the immensely squicky central premise. Deserves an extra star for miraculously anticipating 2015's "Piggate". A bold episode to open with and w/ retrospect after season 3, more specifically culturally British than later eps.
Only acceptable because it has shocking idea (sex with Pig live on telly/it describes forbidden fantasy as human pleasure in the eye of audience) but the execution itself seems so mediocre or should I say, the conclusion is so dramatis-film-indonesia? Nothing new in the end.
Political and social commentaries are obvious enough, but the storytelling is smart. It pushes the will-he-or-won't-he question aside until it's thrown back at you -- and him! -- suddenly, and as intrigued as we are at it, the comedy of the satire ends when it is answered. Watching the onlookers devolve from basking in the entertaining absurdity to processing the trauma of it all is the ep's strongest metaphor.
THE NATIONAL ANTHEM marked as the first time I watched BLACK MIRROR. In my opinion, this episode is a sarcasm about how technology - in this case media social - can caused a mass hysteria in government, especially British royal family. It mixed some elements like politics, terrorism, and of course technology. I must admit it has some flaws. It's predictable and I could guess what will happen next. It's a good start..
Why am I discovering the immense writing talent of Charlie Brooker only just now? This is one of the best things I have recently seen on TV. Absurd, surreal and yet lucidly clever and insightful for the ways it analyses modern society and the uncontrollable effects of technology. Thanks to the out of the ordinary situation it depicts, it forces the viewers to identify themselves with the characters more than ever.