This feels like a really bad episode of ST:TNG, set in the holodeck. You just have to keep suspending disbelief in order to follow the plot. It's like a 3rd grader who knows nothing about technology wrote it. "And then he takes the DNA, and boom, the person is in the game!" Like magic! Didn't Black Mirror already do this similar plot a couple of times?
Deploying the surface level sexism of classic "Star Trek" to deconstruct toxic masculinity among fanboy culture is one of those sharp ideas you're surprised no one has ever done before. The killer premise, superb casting, and stylish look are enough to gloss over the fact that this episode's premise hinges on a trope - sentient A.I. trapped in hell - we've seen perhaps one too many times on "Black Mirror."
The world finally seems to be catching up on "Black Mirror". Without a doubt it's one of the best sci-fi (or not-so-sci-fi) TV-shows of the 21st century... Netflix has expanded its popularity tremendously since last season. This first episode was very entertaining and a nice way to start things off, but I usually prefer the darker and more grounded episodes... so we'll see what the rest of the season has in store!
It might have better integrated becoming the conventional sci-fi deus ex show that it mocks, but damn if this wasn't the tensest variation on a hostage thriller I've seen for a while. It accomplishes an unpleasantness because of the gamergate ego we easily identify that I'll forgive its tidy ending (should have gone bleak) and exaggerated work place callousness (to CEO no less) 3.5
At first, I thought USS CALLISTER is gonna be a spoof or parody of STAR TREK series. Then, it turned out to be something beyond than I expected. USS CALLISTER once proved that Charlie Brooker has a terrific talent as a storyteller. Like any other BLACK MIRROR episodes, USS CALLISTER is still telling you about the ugly side of advanced technology & how bleak the future is. One of the best STAR TREK episode never made.
Entertaining and fun, despite the fact that the episode doesn't actually address many of the interesting questions it raises about ethics and identity. Enjoyable nonetheless, but can't help feeling that much more could have been explored with this premise.