Change Your Image
Upload An Image
Crop And Save
Not quite as bad as everyone says...
...but it's still pretty bad.
------------- THE BAD -------------
The episode begins quite promisingly, but then slowly but surely subplots are phased out as the episode progresses. The episode features some creative dark-sci-fi elements, but it is lacking something which the other episodes of Black Mirror have. There was a point where I looked at the remaining time in the episode (9 minutes) and realized the story would need a miracle to wrap up in a good way. But you won't find any here.
ABANDONED SUBPLOTS: 1) Rachel's Social Life
- Moving to a new town was hard on Rachel, and it's difficult for her to accept herself and make friends. Ashley Too became her only friend, and Jack found that Ashley Too was making things harder for Rachel. Jack hides Ashley Too in storage, and tells Rachel that she threw her away, causing strife between them. However, any other changes in her social life are skipped over with a "6 MONTHS LATER." This effectively killed this subplot which maybe could have evolved into an interesting perspective on the reliance on AI.
2) Jack and her Mother's Death -- Shortly after getting Ashley Too, Rachel leaves her in the room alone with Jack. They share a brief exchange in which Ashley Too attempts to engage with her. After a while, Ashley Too begins to dig deep into the psyche of Jack. Ashley Too asks Jack if she only listens to music her mother listened to, which prompts Jack to tell her to go to sleep. Ashley Too was obviously close to the truth, which hints at a story which may follow Ashley Too disassembling each character's mental and even manipulating them to her advantage. But these strange happenings are forgotten later on, and Jack even shows no hesitation to join Ashley's band at the end! Weird. Also, we don't ever really hear Jack play her instrument, which seemed to be a significant trait of her character.
3) Dad's Inventions --- This is probably the strangest and most blatantly unfulfilled subplot in the episode. Rachel and Jack's dad is seen experimenting with rodents, attempting to create what looked like a more efficient mousetrapping system? He even plugs into the brains of the rats, but nothing significant ever materializes in his inventions. The Dad was only really there to give Jack a mouse-shaped taser and provide a system that Rachel could later plug Ashley Too into and remove her personality limiter.
Also, the music was surprisingly bland and bad. That's forgivable, since it isn't necessarily the most important thing about this episode, but it makes Ashley's "creative release" really awkward.
------------- THE GOOD -------------
The portrayal of Ashley's descent into mental illness and disdain for her role in society was pretty well done throughout the episode.
The twist with the pills and intentionally putting her into a coma was neat.
------------- OVERALL -------------
It took Charlie Brooker quite a while to stick to one story, and he missed a lot of good opportunities in the process. It's strange how the trailers showed a much clearer story-line in a few minutes than the full thing did in an hour.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
Why wasn't it connected?
If you haven't seen this movie, and you expect something to connect each story at the end, don't watch it, because nothing does.
In the first chapter, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the main character is killed by a cowboy in black. "Okay, now the movie's going to follow this guy," I thought.
Nope. In the second chapter, Near Algodones, the main character is hanged after he attempts to rob a bank. "Well, maybe it'll just continue to follow cowboys?"
No again. In the third chapter, Meal Ticket, the quality of the movie DIVES. This chapter, which follows a showman tough on his luck, was just bland and depressing. It had absolutely no connection to the previous two chapters.
The last three chapters were more of the same.
Overall, the acting was good and each chapter was entertaining (barring Meal Ticket). My problem with this movie lies in the structure of it. Having individual stories seemed cheap and felt like a waste of my time because, in the end, nothing connects them at all.
If you still want to watch this movie, skip chapters 3 and 6 for a better experience. It's not like you're missing anything anyways besides shock value and long, drawn out, boring conversations.