'Toxic Masculinity: The Christmas Special'! The script felt at times like Martin McDonagh trying his hand at writing Harlan Ellison stories i.e. gleefully nasty masculine fucked up-ness disclosing an inner core of frightened little boy Catholicism. The scared and guilty Catholic in me has long been interested in augmented reality punishments so I was pretty hooked by this one as aided by the transfixing Rafe Spall.
I'm not a Christian, but the usual spirit of the holidays always touches me in varying degrees...spoilers: here the holiday celebrating the birth of the Redeemer is subverted in service of the bad-tech line (bad in itself, not how it's used)...nigh reaches a "white bear" level of perversion (hell, inversion) of justice...are the makers of the show maybe just a little bit as cruel as the situations they display?
After WHITE BEAR, this episode is gonna be my favorite episode from BLACK MIRROR. WHITE CHRISTMAS has unique storytelling and innovative concept. I loved how Charlie Brooker presented his idea in this episode. WHITE CHRISTMAS is a social commentary about the ugly side of advanced technology. It isn't just that, this episode is also a psychological drama. Damn, I really loved that twist. One of the best episode...
Depressing episode that tries to demystify the warmth and feel of holiday season with surgical and sterile visual and plot device approach that is, by now, common technique of this show. It goes maybe little too far as it uses its tools and logic disproportionately, all in favor of shock and cheap tricks, with final result that feels pretty much empty and recycled.
With interesting nods to previous outputs by Black Mirror, this one takes a long road to a pretty mindblowing conclusion, but one that we could see coming for a bit longer than it should. It's not as satisfying as previous episodes, but it showcases pretty good acting by the leads. Jon Hamm's charisma is entrancing.