Let your imagination run amok as the sci-fi anthology series comes up with a new, fresh season.
Black Mirror just released it’s fifth season on Netflix and we’re here to provide you an analysis of its episodes. Focusing on human emotions and technological advancements, Black Mirror has, since its first episode, delved deep into the human psyche and churned out crazy ideas and concepts. So without further ado, here’s our analysis of Black Mirror S5E1.
An Unlikely Threesome
The show starts with Danny (Anthony Mackie) and Theo (Nicole Beharie) who are young and are head over heels for one another. The passion is so high they can’t keep their hands off each other.
Enters Karl (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), the third element of the equation and Danny’s BFF. The two share great bond as Danny, after satisfying Theo in bed, makes sure to play video games with Karl even when he knows he can’t miss work the next day.
The Vipers Strike
11 years later, Danny’s happily married to Theo, with a boy and is celebrating his birthday with a barbecue at his house. Out of contact with Karl for quite a long time, Danny is elated to see him at his birthday. Karl gifts him a setup of Striking Vipers X, a virtual reality game where the player can feel the physical sensations of his chosen character.
The buds decide to give it a try the same night. As the game begins, the two lie unconscious on their couch taking persona of their video game characters, Roxette for Karl and Lance for Danny. In the midst of the virtual fight, passions erupt and the pair starts kissing.
Danny starts remaining detached from his wife and keeps contemplating what does he even call this newfound relationship with Karl.
Is it homosexual? Is it cheating? Is it right? How Theo would feel if she finds out? Danny has an emotional whirlpool along with these burning questions. He has doubts, but he just can’t let go.
All in All-
The show has always been known for portraying human stories with science or technology as a backdrop. And so it does again with its latest season.
With the new VR technology, the first episode will definitely make you think about the possibility of such a game to be developed soon. But would it be ethical to use it to fulfill our most suppressed desires?