And so we’ve come to an end of the Black Mirror reviews. The first one was mostly story with a decent chunk of symbolism whilst the second was a massive chunk of symbolism but with only a hint of story. Shall we see if the third and final episode manages to balance this out a bit???
This episode is set in an alternate world where most people have something installed into them which records everything they see, allowing them to replay it whenever they choose. The episode revolves around a married couple, Liam (Played by Toby Kebbell) and his wife, whose name I have forgotten and cannot look up because Wikipedia haven’t posted it yet,(Played by Jodie Whittaker) and their friend, same problem as with the wife, (Played by Tom Cullen). Liam’s suspects his wife is having an affair, mainly due to evidence from his own recording device which he watches over and over again, meticulously searching for some evidence to prove it.
I actually think this episode is a close contender for my favourite of the three and I’ll tell you why. The acting is good and the characters are interesting enough although Liam is a total prick and very unlikable. Despite this you can’t help feeling for him in the final scene when he discovers that he is right and that his wife has been cheating on him. I think the story is done very well here and that it flows very naturally from beginning to end, much like the first episode and very unlike the second episode. The symbolism in this episode is great, perhaps the best of the series and I think this is because it took me a while to find the main point that it was getting at. Firstly though, let me go through the other pieces of symbolism. There’s the woman who doesn’t have the implant and all of her friends are slightly shocked showing how we as a society react to others who don’t have the latest electronic gadget or appliance…I think that may be it because the two main points are as follows:
1) We spend too much time wallowing in the past and should concentrate on what we have now rather than what we lost.
2) Technology makes us paranoid.
The second point is the one that took me the longest to get. Maybe I didn’t want to. You see, what the point is getting at is directly aimed at Facebook. Allow me to explain. If you have a spouse and you see them commenting or liking a former lover’s posts, then you would become paranoid, constantly looking over their wall and activities. I confess I do analyse a lot of Facebook comments and was doing it whilst I was watching the show. Nevertheless the point is well made. The ending splits me. I don’t know whether I like it or loath it. I don’t know whether it’s nessarcery but I do like the idea that we never know what happened to his wife and I do like it when he cuts out the probe thingy, sort of a rejection of technology. I do like that. I don’t really like the flashback scenes but they show the whole symbolism of wallowing in the past and the way technology rules our lives. In way I suppose the end is good especially the end credits which are totally in silence, a very nice touch.
A good episode which I think balances story and symbolism quite well. There may not be as much crammed in there as the second episode but the symbolism certainly packs the same amount of punch. Is it as good as the first episode? Possibly, but the first episode only ranked so highly because of its plot.