Black Mirror Season 6 Review: The Ideal Weekend Show? What we found

Black Mirror Season 6 Review: The long-awaited sixth season of Charlie Brooker’s award-winning science fiction variety series has five new shows that can be watched on Netflix. Season five came out in 2019 with three episodes and got, at best, a lukewarm reaction, but this time, Brooker and his team are back with stories that will keep fans of the show interested, make them laugh, and make them think. Continue reading Black Mirror, Season 6 Review, to learn more about the film.

Black Mirror Season 6 Review

Suppose you’re a fan of Charlie Brooker’s Emmy-winning story series Black Mirror or even a casual watcher. In that case, you know the emotional journey of watching a new episode: Okay, what’s this about? Oh, so is this the twist? Oh yeah, this is the twist! Oh no, now that I know the twist, what’s going to happen to these poor people?

This is because, like an SNL skit, working out “the game” is a big part of the Black Mirror experience, and Season 6 is as committed to this idea as ever (as shown by the long list of things reviewers were asked not to reveal in advance). Another big part of the Black Mirror experience is that each new batch of episodes has a wide range of styles and tones. Season 6 has this variety, so let’s talk about each episode separately before looking at the season as a whole…

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Joan Is Awful: 

“Joan Is Awful” is easily the most meta episode of Black Mirror to date. It looks at the state of streaming media today through the eyes of Joan, a normal woman (Annie Murphy) who lives a normal life until she finds out that a streaming service has a new TV show that is a shocking amount like her life but with much better actors.

There’s a lot to understand about what this episode and, by extension, Brooker have to say about the kinds of shows that are showing up on services like Netflix “Streamberry” (the show’s in-world player, which you can check out on the Netflix home page right now). The best thing about “Joan Is Awful” might be the way it was cast, some of which you might not fully understand until the end credits. It has more stars than any other group this season, and for a good reason.

Loch Henry: 

From a more satirical episode, the season moves on to a scarier one in which a young man (Samuel Blenkin) and his girlfriend (Myha’la Herrold) go back to his hometown to make a documentary about one thing… only to find out that a local serial killer was a much more interesting subject.

Since Black Mirror moved from UK television to Netflix, it has kept a global audience in mind while making sure at least one or two episodes per season are very British. “Loch Henry” is a famous example of a British small-town murder story with a soft spot for old-fashioned video technology.

Beyond the Sea: 

Aaron Paul and Josh Hartnett play two astronauts in an alternate 1969 in this two-person show. The word “alternative” is important here because, in this universe, technology has advanced to the point where astronauts can travel to the stars but also stay in touch with home through synthetic replicas that stay on Earth. But the men’s ties with their families are very different, and things get even more difficult as their task goes on.

Most of the stories take place in the past this season, but in this case, the time period feels more like a fun detail than an important part of the story; the show could just as easily take place in an alternate 2023. That’s all I can say without giving anything away, but this is the longest show of the season at 80 minutes, which seems a little long but still lets the whole story play out.

Mazey Day:

 The longest episode of the season is followed by the smallest episode of the season, in which a 2006 paparazzi shooter (Zazie Beetz) goes after a big possible payday: a photo of missing actress Mazey Day from the set of her latest movie.

As an Old, it’s a little strange to see a story set in 2006 treated like a history piece, and perhaps the most “Black Mirror” thing about this episode is how nostalgic it is for the technology of this very specific time, like dial-up modems and memory cards. At one point, Beetz’s character proudly shows off her “new” iPod Shuffle from the second version. Story-wise, it’s also the season’s weakest episode, but this is where having flexible runtimes comes in handy. It would be a drag if “Mazey Day” was as long as “Beyond the Sea” or even a normal hour. But for only 40 minutes, it’s a tight and interesting story.

Demon 79: 

The last episode of the season is set in 1979 and was written by both Brooker and executive director Bisha K. Ali. It follows a young South Asian shopgirl (Anjana Vasan) who meets a mysterious being (Paapa Essiedu) who gives her a shocking task.

Based on that summary, you might be shocked to learn that “Demon 79” is by far the most entertaining episode of the season. This is mostly because of how well the two main characters get along and because the script gives them some great opportunities to joke around. Also, director Toby Haynes loves the low-budget feel of 1970s horror movies. The photography is made to look like a super-saturated 16mm film, and the show’s political themes might be the scariest thing about it.

Final Words

Some episodes in the Black Mirror Season 6 are good, but many miss the point. While Joan is Awful and Demon 79 do a good job of breaking away from the usual Black Mirror style, the other episodes don’t have as much story depth or don’t live up to what they promise. Fans might choose to watch these two shows as short movies on their own and skip the rest. Season 6 is a risky try, but it’s less exciting than the seasons before it. Still, it’s worth a look for people who are really into the Black Mirror world.

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