Black Mirror - Charlie Brooker

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  1. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    Dark and thought-provoking, but enjoyable all the same.
     
  2. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    Very good. Didn't see that ending coming.
     
  3. ShiftyBagLady

    ShiftyBagLady Thinks she is a flower to be looked at

    I fell asleep
     
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  4. joevsimp

    joevsimp Well-Known Member

    I feel slightly icky after that, best one so far I think, apart from maybe The Entire History of You, but it has bits of that in it too
     
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  5. mrsfran

    mrsfran Slightly less bulbous

    It reminded me a little of an episode of The Outer Limits starring a young David Hyde-Pierce (Niles off Frasier): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sentence_(The_Outer_Limits) - that plot is a man who builds a device whereby guilty prisoners experience a lifetime's incarceration in what is really a matter of minutes - and the length of incarceration depends on the prisoners own sense of guilt. The inventor then has to go into the device himself and experiences a lifetime of incarceration due to his guilt about creating the machine. Quite a few similarities.
     
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  6. goldenecitrone

    goldenecitrone ubi sunt

    Theft is all part of making good art.
     
  7. mrsfran

    mrsfran Slightly less bulbous

    It's different enough that it could simply be listed as an "influence", and there's nothing about clones or brain chips in the Outer Limits ep. It was a great ep though, my favourite Outer Limits.
     
  8. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

    In Deep Space Nine Chief O'Brien had to do a twenty stretch in his own mind too. He ended up murdering his cell-mate.
     
  9. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

    Also Chief O'Brien once discovered that he was a fake Chief O'Brien and not the real Chief O'Brien.

    He had a rough time sometimes. Bit of PTS from the Cardassian War too.
     
  10. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

    I didn't like it and gave up.
     
  11. Jeff Robinson

    Jeff Robinson Well-Known Member

    Really enjoyed that. Lots of twists and turns and you really didn't know where it was going.

    One thing that i think Black Mirror has often done well is convey terror without any physical violence or even the threat of it.
     
  12. Jeff Robinson

    Jeff Robinson Well-Known Member

    I've noticed over the years that your seal of disapproval is almost a guarantee that I'll like something. :D
     
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  13. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

    You'd love Doctors, then.
     
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  14. Jeff Robinson

    Jeff Robinson Well-Known Member

    I said almost.
     
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  15. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

    I might start a thread and just list all the stuff I hate.
     
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  16. May Kasahara

    May Kasahara thoughts start with a laser sound

    It also reminded me of a well written short story I read years ago in a now defunct magazine called Fear, that used exactly the same idea.

    Excellent Christmas special, and I agree with whoever said about the terror.
     
  17. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins There's been a slight cheese accident

    Bumping because I watched the second series whilst unable to sleep on new year's day (self inflicted!) and I found the White Bear episode utterly terrifying. OK it was a bit clunky in places but the premise scared the shit out of me and I liked the way the story unfolded and your sympathies with the main character were questioned.
     
  18. madamv

    madamv Oi! With the poodle already

    Anyone see White Christmas?
     
  19. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins There's been a slight cheese accident

    Yes - already discussed a bit on this thread earlier but I really liked it. He seems to have a good knack of slowly revealing a story...although I did guess about the child.
     
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  20. Johnny Vodka

    Johnny Vodka The Abominable Scotsman

    Just watched. I liked it. Doesn't Jon Hamm have much acting range, or was this performance deliberately close to Don Draper? :hmm:
     
  21. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    I thought the reference to the clock tipped their hand fairly early on, and it didn't take too long after that to get the general idea of what was going on.

    I somehow missed the second series entirely (will eventually catch up with that via Netflix...), but I found the first series tended to have an interesting central conceit but was handled somewhat heavy-handedly with writing that was a bit sketchy. White Christmas was better in that regard, though still had its flaws.
     
  22. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins There's been a slight cheese accident

    I'd say deliberately close to Don Draper. There was a line after all when the other guy had to guess his job and one of the guesses was "marketing man".
    I do love Rafe Spall ;)
     
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  23. Johnny Vodka

    Johnny Vodka The Abominable Scotsman

    Yeah, I caught that. Just never watched Hamm in anything else. I fucking love Mad Men, though, so it didn't bother me that the characters were close.
     
  24. madamv

    madamv Oi! With the poodle already

    He's wonderful in A Young Doctor's Notebook too.

    Really enjoyed these stories and will revisit the first series asap
     
  25. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    Finally watched this last night, Brooker has definitely improved his story construction vastly. A well told tale, cleverly done. Although the idea of blocking people wholesale like that makes no real sense, and would be a gift to abusers and all kinds of miscreants.
     
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  26. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank Ridin' a Stutz Bearcat, Jim

    That was really fucking dark that episode.
     
  27. rutabowa

    rutabowa YUPPIES OUT

    Definitely pretty freaky that christmas episode/
     
  28. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    Over to Netflix for season 3. Gonna be 12 episodes! :thumbs:
     
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  29. isvicthere?

    isvicthere? a.k.a. floppybollocks

    Call me a cynic, but when I noticed this thread had been bumped, I automatically assumed it would be because of piggate.

    :facepalm:@self.
     
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  30. BoxRoom

    BoxRoom Flip.

    Me too!
     

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