Not only San Junipero purposefully disrupts the Black Mirror model (for apparent no good reason), but also tries to capitalize on an important social movement in a way that seems all but genuine. Wrapping a poorly written, conceptualized and executed post-life extravaganza in a seemingly touching LGBQT package is pure manipulation fare, and of the cheap kind.
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?
This is the only Black Mirror episode I've ever enjoyed & it brought me to tears. San Junipero is what you get when that exhausting narrative trope of "Bury Your Gays" is finally subverted. So tired of messaging that teaches us that we deserve a lifetime of solitary pain for being unabashedly & unapologetically queer. It's art like this that gives me so much joy & hope for future generations of queer kids to come.