Discussion in 'books, films, TV, radio & writing' started by ebay sex moomin, Nov 16, 2011.
Dark and thought-provoking, but enjoyable all the same.
Very good. Didn't see that ending coming.
I fell asleep
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
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.
Theft is all part of making good art.
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.
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.
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.
I didn't like it and gave up.
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.
I've noticed over the years that your seal of disapproval is almost a guarantee that I'll like something.
You'd love Doctors, then.
I said almost.
I might start a thread and just list all the stuff I hate.
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.
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.
Anyone see White Christmas?
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.
Just watched. I liked it. Doesn't Jon Hamm have much acting range, or was this performance deliberately close to Don Draper?
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.
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
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.
He's wonderful in A Young Doctor's Notebook too.
Really enjoyed these stories and will revisit the first series asap
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.
That was really fucking dark that episode.
Definitely pretty freaky that christmas episode/
Over to Netflix for season 3. Gonna be 12 episodes!
Call me a cynic, but when I noticed this thread had been bumped, I automatically assumed it would be because of piggate.
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