Eight years ago today I finished my countdown for Star Trek: The Next Generation. I promised many times I would eventually get to this one, and it’s finally happening.Continue reading Deep Space Nine: Countdown
In what feels like a series finale–and thankfully isn’t–Black Museum tries to be all things and winds up being contrived and bloated.
Arkangel is the first episode of Black Mirror to be directed by a woman (Jodie Foster) and focuses more on family than most. The set up is right in this show’s wheelhouse too. Unfortunately, the execution is lacking, focusing on the wrong themes.
A fifteen minute bit stretched out into a full episode, The Waldo Moment predicts Trump’s rise to power if Trump had a modicum of talent and was occasionally funny.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, we follow Stripe (pictured), a military grunt whose job is to hunt down mutant humans and exterminate them while arresting anyone harboring these dangerous beings. The new technology here are neural implants the soldiers use that not only enhance their senses (making them better killing machines) but also gives them incredibly realistic sex dreams. The sex dreams, of course, were added just in case the viewer wasn’t tipped off already (by the whole killing machine part) that this technology might not be altruistic. Or maybe Netflix just wanted to show some boobs.
Possibly the bleakest of all the Black Mirror episodes, Crocodile takes a suspect premise, forces it down our throats, then cuts open our stomachs to remove it and force it down our throats some more.
A fifth season is in the works, so over the next few weeks I’ll be counting down every episode of Black Mirror from worst to best. For those who haven’t seen Black Mirror, it’s basically a darker, more in-your-face Twilight Zone that relies on technology gone amok rather than the supernatural.
Spoilers abound, naturally.
Director: Luc Jacquet
Summary: A look at the annual journey of Emperor penguins as they march — single file — to their traditional breeding ground.
Times Watched: 2
Creator: Vince Gilligan
Creator: Gene Roddenberry