Episodes of Black Mirror, Ranked
Brilliant show all-around
- •The Waldo Moment (Season 2, Episode 3)The only episode that didn't pull me in right away, and whose plot didn't immediately spring to mind when I heard the name of the episode. A comedian plays a cartoon character that makes fun of/interviews/harasses politicians, and the public responds in a big way. Definitely valuable commentary on the way society sees politicians, but all-in-all, not my favorite.
- •Entire History of You (Season 1, Episode 3)This type of technology would be my nightmare. Obsessing over every last detail of an interaction is something I relate to, and this takes that concept to a whole new level by actually allowing the characters to replay their memories in their mind and on screens. The sex scene was straight-up chilling, and the technology brings a lovers' spat to a whole new level.
- •White Christmas (Season 3, Episode 1)At first, this episode feels like a weird version of Hitch. Then, of course, it gets darker and darker and as if Robb Stark's wife hasn't been through enough, she gets tortured (in a sense) by Jon Hamm. This plot line brings me to the intense ethical dilemmas posed in this episode. They are mind-blowing and remind me of every philosophy class I've ever taken (but what IS a person?). Truly a Christmas treat.
- •Be Right Back (Season 2, Episode 2)Definitely the saddest episode of Black Mirror. I loved this one visually, but was also very creeped out by various aspects. Domhnall Gleeson absolutely crushed it in this episode, and I had a million questions when it ended. Also really makes you think about your own digital footprint and the version of yourself you present on the interweb. (But what IS A PERSON??)
- •White Bear (Season 2, Episode 2)By far the most terrifying episode of Black Mirror. A woman wakes up with no memories and has to do her best to survive in a world where she is both being literally hunted and endlessly photographed. My anxiety level was THROUGH THE ROOF the entire episode, and the twist at the end filled me with a sense of relief, horror, and hopelessness. So, business as usual in Black Mirror.
- •Fifteen Million Merits (Season 1, Episode 2)This episode was insanely intriguing. I didn't even know the main character's name until almost halfway through the episode, but I couldn't stop watching and was crazy invested. The rate at which they chose to reveal information about that world was genius and I was on board. One of their best.
- •The National Anthem (Season 1, Episode 1)I honestly don't want to ruin this if you haven't seen it. It starts with an almost comical, outlandish premise that becomes painfully real as the episode progresses. Blew my mind when I first saw it, and I said, out loud and to no one in particular, "This show is so smart." Also the episode that feels closest to our own version of reality.