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I’ve watched the first three episodes of Black Mirror and have enjoyed all three. That said, I don’t think they’ve been as thought-provoking for me as episodes in prior seasons, though the third episode got close.

Had a question re episode 3 for those who have watched:

Did they explain why, if they had that technology, they wouldn’t just have the replicants on the ship? Maybe I just missed it. At first, I thought maybe it was because the replicants didn’t have the same degree of dexterity (the cutting wood scene at the beginning) but what takes more dexterity than painting?
Which episode are to talking about?

Beyond the Sea. And I’d like to amend my prior statement - it’s actually stuck with me. Other than the plot issue mentioned in my spoiler, I really liked the episode a lot and think it raises a number of interesting psychological issues.
Perhaps the amount of energy to power them? Nobody can maintenance them in space? Its easier to have an uninterupted space for a week straight on the ship?

Those are all possible ideas, but none of them were touched on or supported by anything in the show.

Regarding power, I don’t recall seeing anything with respect to them powering up anywhere. They slept in a bed like normal. They never had to plug into a power source that we saw. The only time they hooked into anything was through the mind portal when there was an emergency on the ship, and once a week on Friday when they handled weekly tasks on the ship. Perhaps that was also a power source but it was a simple chair in a bedroom. No explanation why that couldn’t work on the ship.

As for maintenance, we never saw anything indicating the replicants needed maintenance. Indeed, Cliff moved his family out to the middle of nowhere away from everyone and anything. It wouldn’t make sense for him to do that if the replicant needed to be maintained by a highly specialized technician.

As for the uninterrupted week in space, I think this actually argues for having the replicants on the ship. How are Cliff and David eating and staying hydrated on the ship during the long multi-day stretches when they are unconscious and back at home?

The biggest issue for me is that they apparently can’t create a new replicant for the astronauts, but anyone can port into a replicant. So if a replicant gets destroyed on Earth, the astronaut is screwed (as we saw with David). But if the astronauts were on Earth and one of the astronauts died or was hurt, another person could simply port into the replicant on the ship to maintain the mission.

I’m not one to get hung up on plot holes, but having the humans on the ship instead of on Earth is so fundamental to pretty much every aspect of the plot that I wish they had spent 60 seconds setting up why it had to be that way. Maybe they did and I missed it.
Just watched the episode (hadn't read your spoiler beforehand) but now that I watched it I thought the exact same thing. Just give me some explanation.

They did.
 
I’ve watched the first three episodes of Black Mirror and have enjoyed all three. That said, I don’t think they’ve been as thought-provoking for me as episodes in prior seasons, though the third episode got close.

Had a question re episode 3 for those who have watched:

Did they explain why, if they had that technology, they wouldn’t just have the replicants on the ship? Maybe I just missed it. At first, I thought maybe it was because the replicants didn’t have the same degree of dexterity (the cutting wood scene at the beginning) but what takes more dexterity than painting?
Which episode are to talking about?

Beyond the Sea. And I’d like to amend my prior statement - it’s actually stuck with me. Other than the plot issue mentioned in my spoiler, I really liked the episode a lot and think it raises a number of interesting psychological issues.
Perhaps the amount of energy to power them? Nobody can maintenance them in space? Its easier to have an uninterupted space for a week straight on the ship?

Those are all possible ideas, but none of them were touched on or supported by anything in the show.

Regarding power, I don’t recall seeing anything with respect to them powering up anywhere. They slept in a bed like normal. They never had to plug into a power source that we saw. The only time they hooked into anything was through the mind portal when there was an emergency on the ship, and once a week on Friday when they handled weekly tasks on the ship. Perhaps that was also a power source but it was a simple chair in a bedroom. No explanation why that couldn’t work on the ship.

As for maintenance, we never saw anything indicating the replicants needed maintenance. Indeed, Cliff moved his family out to the middle of nowhere away from everyone and anything. It wouldn’t make sense for him to do that if the replicant needed to be maintained by a highly specialized technician.

As for the uninterrupted week in space, I think this actually argues for having the replicants on the ship. How are Cliff and David eating and staying hydrated on the ship during the long multi-day stretches when they are unconscious and back at home?

The biggest issue for me is that they apparently can’t create a new replicant for the astronauts, but anyone can port into a replicant. So if a replicant gets destroyed on Earth, the astronaut is screwed (as we saw with David). But if the astronauts were on Earth and one of the astronauts died or was hurt, another person could simply port into the replicant on the ship to maintain the mission.

I’m not one to get hung up on plot holes, but having the humans on the ship instead of on Earth is so fundamental to pretty much every aspect of the plot that I wish they had spent 60 seconds setting up why it had to be that way. Maybe they did and I missed it.
Just watched the episode (hadn't read your spoiler beforehand) but now that I watched it I thought the exact same thing. Just give me some explanation.

They did.
Uh I may need to re-watch the ending. :bag:
 
I’ve watched the first three episodes of Black Mirror and have enjoyed all three. That said, I don’t think they’ve been as thought-provoking for me as episodes in prior seasons, though the third episode got close.

Had a question re episode 3 for those who have watched:

Did they explain why, if they had that technology, they wouldn’t just have the replicants on the ship? Maybe I just missed it. At first, I thought maybe it was because the replicants didn’t have the same degree of dexterity (the cutting wood scene at the beginning) but what takes more dexterity than painting?
Which episode are to talking about?

Beyond the Sea. And I’d like to amend my prior statement - it’s actually stuck with me. Other than the plot issue mentioned in my spoiler, I really liked the episode a lot and think it raises a number of interesting psychological issues.
Perhaps the amount of energy to power them? Nobody can maintenance them in space? Its easier to have an uninterupted space for a week straight on the ship?

Those are all possible ideas, but none of them were touched on or supported by anything in the show.

Regarding power, I don’t recall seeing anything with respect to them powering up anywhere. They slept in a bed like normal. They never had to plug into a power source that we saw. The only time they hooked into anything was through the mind portal when there was an emergency on the ship, and once a week on Friday when they handled weekly tasks on the ship. Perhaps that was also a power source but it was a simple chair in a bedroom. No explanation why that couldn’t work on the ship.

As for maintenance, we never saw anything indicating the replicants needed maintenance. Indeed, Cliff moved his family out to the middle of nowhere away from everyone and anything. It wouldn’t make sense for him to do that if the replicant needed to be maintained by a highly specialized technician.

As for the uninterrupted week in space, I think this actually argues for having the replicants on the ship. How are Cliff and David eating and staying hydrated on the ship during the long multi-day stretches when they are unconscious and back at home?

The biggest issue for me is that they apparently can’t create a new replicant for the astronauts, but anyone can port into a replicant. So if a replicant gets destroyed on Earth, the astronaut is screwed (as we saw with David). But if the astronauts were on Earth and one of the astronauts died or was hurt, another person could simply port into the replicant on the ship to maintain the mission.

I’m not one to get hung up on plot holes, but having the humans on the ship instead of on Earth is so fundamental to pretty much every aspect of the plot that I wish they had spent 60 seconds setting up why it had to be that way. Maybe they did and I missed it.
Just watched the episode (hadn't read your spoiler beforehand) but now that I watched it I thought the exact same thing. Just give me some explanation.

They did.
Uh I may need to re-watch the ending. :bag:

It was near the beginning during the movie theater scene. I quoted the line upthread.
 
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Regarding the space replicant Black Mirror episode: I think that was a good concept, but the blood was pretty lame. I think that idea works just fine as a melodrama, and the violence should have been nixed from the story.
Facts. Great concept indeed. Beyond the Sea episode had so much potential to be a really amazing story, but it just seemed to lose steam and quickly fall flat after a start that quickly reeled me in.

Was good to see Jesse Pinkman again. Underrated actor.

I’m late to the party on Black Mirror. I feel pretty lucky to be able to binge watch six seasons of this.
Aaron Paul aside, hasn't Hartnett but out of acting for a long time?? My wife and I were surprised to see him.
 
Through the first three Black Mirror episodes. I should note that I tend to weigh each Black Mirror episodes against the others. I have generally enjoyed all episodes so my ratings are, in anything, deflated because I am comparing them to my favorite episodes (San Junipero, Shut Up and Dance, USS Callister, Be Right Back, and The National Anthem) as well as expecting some philosophical or satirical point to be made about technology.

Joan is Awful - 6/10. Fun concept (as well as the "bite the hand that feeds you" shot at Netflix) and I enjoyed the actors, but almost got too silly and I foresaw the ending and was ready for the episode to be over.
Loch Henry - 8/10. Loved the setting, loved the acting, and loved the "twist." My only gripe is that the pacing seemed a bit off. I felt like the build up was too slow and it became obvious, given the low number of characters and no other real plot direction, that one of the characters involved would be part of the subject matter. In other words, the "twist" became foreseeable and I though the middle third of the episode dragged on because I kept anticipating the "twist." Once the "twist" came I loved the acting of the antagonist and how the twist was discovered. But, from there, the episode moves super fast and while the plot points were sensible and I didn't really have a problem with the ending, I actually wanted more. Perhaps that speaks to the quality of the story-telling, but I wanted to learn some more about the motivations and scheming of the antagonists even though it probably isn't necessary. The feeling reminded me of being a kid and getting my way through a standard dinner to get the dessert but the dessert, while great, is only like two bites and you feel somewhat unsatisfied.
Beyond the Sea - 7/10. Was really fun to see the actors in this particular episode (including the cameo by the Caulkin brother who was great and appears to be a nod to Charles Manson as the Tate murders happened around that same time) and the general concept was smart and very Black Mirrory-y, but I struggled with some of the plot points (some of which have been discussed in this thread) and wasn't really able to to get past them. I'm also uncertain if the ending was entirely necessary nor what point was trying to be made (I base this statement on the tangential education I've received on mental health breaks in my profession and this seemed incongruent with the same).
 
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Beyond the Sea - 7/10. Was really fun to see the actors in this particular episode (including the cameo by the Caulkin brother who was great and appears to be a nod to Charles Manson as the Tate murders happened around that same time) and the general concept was smart and very Black Mirrory-y, but I struggled with some of the plot points (some of which have been discussed in this thread) and wasn't really able to to get past them. I'm also uncertain if the ending was entirely necessary nor what point was trying to be made (I base this statement on the tangential education I've received on mental health breaks in my profession and this seemed incongruent with the same).
This was a highly contrived episode even by Black Mirror standards -- there were a ton of technical details that were presented to the audience as "Look, we need this for the plot conceit to work; just roll with us, please." And then there's the stuff like how facial hair only grows when you're not asleep for some reason. But I liked the idea behind this episode and the bleak ending so much that I'm willing to overlook all the just-so stuff. I especially like the game theory considerations that the two astronauts were facing throughout the episode. It was a really interesting set-up.

Like you, I've only seen the first three, but I Loch Henry is my favorite so far. That one was really well-done all around. I anticipated part of the twist (who didn't?) but the real twist is how that videotape ends and oh man I did not see that coming at all.
 
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Beyond the Sea - 7/10. Was really fun to see the actors in this particular episode (including the cameo by the Caulkin brother who was great and appears to be a nod to Charles Manson as the Tate murders happened around that same time) and the general concept was smart and very Black Mirrory-y, but I struggled with some of the plot points (some of which have been discussed in this thread) and wasn't really able to to get past them. I'm also uncertain if the ending was entirely necessary nor what point was trying to be made (I base this statement on the tangential education I've received on mental health breaks in my profession and this seemed incongruent with the same).
This was a highly contrived episode even by Black Mirror standards -- there were a ton of technical details that were presented to the audience as "Look, we need this for the plot conceit to work; just roll with us, please." And then there's the stuff like how facial hair only grows when you're not asleep for some reason. But I liked the idea behind this episode and the bleak ending so much that I'm willing to overlook all the just-so stuff. I especially like the game theory considerations that the two astronauts were facing throughout the episode. It was a really interesting set-up.

Like you, I've only seen the first three, but I Loch Henry is my favorite so far. That one was really well-done all around. I anticipated part of the twist (who didn't?) but the real twist is how that videotape ends and oh man I did not see that coming at all.
Sooooo well done. Everything down to how it would have been amateurly shot to the song playing. I saw "it" (the "real twist" as you put it) coming just a little bit before it happened because of the immediately preceding scenes, but man even so it packed the perfect punch. Which, again, is probably why I wanted more.
 
Does anyone else have the same problem come up with streaming stuff on Amazon prime?

So I’ve been rewatching Star Trek DS9 recently. Yesterday I started season 5. Today I login to see that season 5 is no longer available to stream outside of paramount plus, which I have but has a ton more commercial ads. They have seasons 1-4 and 6-7, but season 5 conveniently and suddenly disappears the day after I start it and now my only option to continue is to watch on paramount with way more ads. This seems like bait and switch to me and is ridiculous.
 
Finished up the rest of Black Mirror. Mazey Dazy was okay, and my ambivalence about it is probably driven more by "this feels like Tales from the Crypt, not Black Mirror," but it would have been a really good Tales from the Crypt. Demon 79 was terrible and I'm glad that one was last and not first. Overall, this season was much, much better than I expected and a massive improvement over the previous season. I would personally place Loch Henry and Beyond the Sea comfortably among the 12-15 episodes that I would rewatch pretty much whenever.
 
Mazey Day is the weakest of the Black Mirror season 6 episodes imo.

ETA: Demon 79 is a close runner up. Any episode with Boney M music is turrible.
 
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Manifest ending was better than I thought they might go.
Hated the Angelina character from start to finish..
Then again, didn't like her character in The Americans either so it just might be her acting that I dislike.

Otherwise thought the 4 seasons were worth the watch. :thumbup:
 
Season 2 of The Bear premieres tomorrow on Hulu
Not many posts yet so I assume most have not started it, I won't spoil anything, but episode 6 ..... holy ****.

I have an Italian friend from Chicago whose family is about like that, almost the same last name too which is funny.

The guest stars, performances, and chaos were top notch.

And Britta!
 
Watched FUBAR on Netflix over the weekend. Enjoyed most of it (Hated the very end). Fun cast, a lot of laughs.

Binged this series and am on the second to last episode. I agree 100% with your post. The supporting cast is really good, particularly Roo and Aldon. Laughed a lot throughout. It’s nothing remotely groundbreaking but I enjoyed it far more than I was expecting.
 
Holy crap! The Christmas flashback episode of the latest season of The Bear was incredible, intense, insane.

I don’t want to spoil any of the surprises, but there were some awesome performances across the board. This should win a number of Emmy’s.

It’s up there with some of the best TV episodes I’ve seen. (I won the TV draft, so I know what I’m talking about)
 
Finally finished Succession
I don't get the love for this show. Other than Brian Cox, there wasn't a performance on the show I thought was very good and there wasn't a single likable character on the show.
Logon Roy was a ******* but a great character. The rest.......total buffoons. Terrible script. Terrible acting. Terrible everything.
To argue that this series was in the same class with The Sopranos or The Wire is ridiculous.
I have a very minority and unpopular opinion about one you mention: I recently watched a few episodes of Sopranos and thought "how is this good?" Stopped there. Maybe it didn't age well or something...
 
Holy crap! The Christmas flashback episode of the latest season of The Bear was incredible, intense, insane.

I don’t want to spoil any of the surprises, but there were some awesome performances across the board. This should win a number of Emmy’s.

It’s up there with some of the best TV episodes I’ve seen. (I won the TV draft, so I know what I’m talking about)

Is HULU the only way to watch it? It’s the one streaming service I don’t have and I’ve been trying to hold out from becoming a subscriber to literally every service imaginable. I’d even pay to download the series (counterintuitive I know).
 
Recently decided to revisit a couple of my favorite episodes from Alice in Borderland. Man, this was such a great show. For those who like the genre (dystopian game to the death) and don’t mind subtitles, I want to once again recommend this one. And it’s only a two season commitment!
 
Holy crap! The Christmas flashback episode of the latest season of The Bear was incredible, intense, insane.

I don’t want to spoil any of the surprises, but there were some awesome performances across the board. This should win a number of Emmy’s.

It’s up there with some of the best TV episodes I’ve seen. (I won the TV draft, so I know what I’m talking about)

Is HULU the only way to watch it? It’s the one streaming service I don’t have and I’ve been trying to hold out from becoming a subscriber to literally every service imaginable. I’d even pay to download the series (counterintuitive I know).
If you have disney+ they have a bundle that’s only a few dollars more, although that may be through Verizon
 
Holy crap! The Christmas flashback episode of the latest season of The Bear was incredible, intense, insane.

I don’t want to spoil any of the surprises, but there were some awesome performances across the board. This should win a number of Emmy’s.

It’s up there with some of the best TV episodes I’ve seen. (I won the TV draft, so I know what I’m talking about)

Is HULU the only way to watch it? It’s the one streaming service I don’t have and I’ve been trying to hold out from becoming a subscriber to literally every service imaginable. I’d even pay to download the series (counterintuitive I know).
If you have disney+ they have a bundle that’s only a few dollars more, although that may be through Verizon

Interesting. I did a search on Disney+ and it said that title wasn’t available in my region. What part of the country are you in?
 
Holy crap! The Christmas flashback episode of the latest season of The Bear was incredible, intense, insane.

I don’t want to spoil any of the surprises, but there were some awesome performances across the board. This should win a number of Emmy’s.

It’s up there with some of the best TV episodes I’ve seen. (I won the TV draft, so I know what I’m talking about)

Is HULU the only way to watch it? It’s the one streaming service I don’t have and I’ve been trying to hold out from becoming a subscriber to literally every service imaginable. I’d even pay to download the series (counterintuitive I know).
If you have disney+ they have a bundle that’s only a few dollars more, although that may be through Verizon

Interesting. I did a search on Disney+ and it said that title wasn’t available in my region. What part of the country are you in?
Through Verizon I get Disney+, Hulu (with ads) and ESPN+ in a bundle for free — well i had a choice to lower my bill by $20 or pay the same and get this buncle.

I think that’‘s what he is referring to.
 
Watched FUBAR on Netflix over the weekend. Enjoyed most of it (Hated the very end). Fun cast, a lot of laughs.

Binged this series and am on the second to last episode. I agree 100% with your post. The supporting cast is really good, particularly Roo and Aldon. Laughed a lot throughout. It’s nothing remotely groundbreaking but I enjoyed it far more than I was expecting.

Finished it yesterday. I also really enjoyed it - for a lighthearted, funny, spy show. The cast is great. Arnold is funny. What's not to like?
 
Holy crap! The Christmas flashback episode of the latest season of The Bear was incredible, intense, insane.

I don’t want to spoil any of the surprises, but there were some awesome performances across the board. This should win a number of Emmy’s.

It’s up there with some of the best TV episodes I’ve seen. (I won the TV draft, so I know what I’m talking about)

Is HULU the only way to watch it? It’s the one streaming service I don’t have and I’ve been trying to hold out from becoming a subscriber to literally every service imaginable. I’d even pay to download the series (counterintuitive I know).
Yeah, I see it only available through Hulu. Great show.
 
Holy crap! The Christmas flashback episode of the latest season of The Bear was incredible, intense, insane.

I don’t want to spoil any of the surprises, but there were some awesome performances across the board. This should win a number of Emmy’s.

It’s up there with some of the best TV episodes I’ve seen. (I won the TV draft, so I know what I’m talking about)
Just finished watching that episode. Simply a mind-blowing hour of TV.
 
Holy crap! The Christmas flashback episode of the latest season of The Bear was incredible, intense, insane.

I don’t want to spoil any of the surprises, but there were some awesome performances across the board. This should win a number of Emmy’s.

It’s up there with some of the best TV episodes I’ve seen. (I won the TV draft, so I know what I’m talking about)

Is HULU the only way to watch it? It’s the one streaming service I don’t have and I’ve been trying to hold out from becoming a subscriber to literally every service imaginable. I’d even pay to download the series (counterintuitive I know).
If you have disney+ they have a bundle that’s only a few dollars more, although that may be through Verizon

Interesting. I did a search on Disney+ and it said that title wasn’t available in my region. What part of the country are you in?
Through Verizon I get Disney+, Hulu (with ads) and ESPN+ in a bundle for free — well i had a choice to lower my bill by $20 or pay the same and get this buncle.

I think that’‘s what he is referring to.
Yes correct
 
Holy crap! The Christmas flashback episode of the latest season of The Bear was incredible, intense, insane.

I don’t want to spoil any of the surprises, but there were some awesome performances across the board. This should win a number of Emmy’s.

It’s up there with some of the best TV episodes I’ve seen. (I won the TV draft, so I know what I’m talking about)
Just finished watching that episode. Simply a mind-blowing hour of TV.
I had to catch my breath afterward since it seemed like I was holding it for most of the hour.
 
Finally finished Succession
I don't get the love for this show. Other than Brian Cox, there wasn't a performance on the show I thought was very good and there wasn't a single likable character on the show.
Logon Roy was a ******* but a great character. The rest.......total buffoons. Terrible script. Terrible acting. Terrible everything.
To argue that this series was in the same class with The Sopranos or The Wire is ridiculous.
I have a very minority and unpopular opinion about one you mention: I recently watched a few episodes of Sopranos and thought "how is this good?" Stopped there. Maybe it didn't age well or something...
I am right there with you. I started watching it about 6 months ago and got through a hand full of episodes and I didn't see what all the fuss was about. I thought it might be because I was just getting to learn the characters and figure out the stories but it just seemed to be slow moving and nothing that was extraordinary. Not sure if I will pick it back up.
 
If you haven't seen "Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son about his Father" yet, it's pretty phenomenal. Easily the most powerful documentary that I've ever seen and it's got a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, if you care about that sort of thing. It will stay with you for a long time; it's not a feel-good story. I recommend you don't do any research before you watch it because, like the Sixth Sense, if you know how it ends, you might as well not watch it. If anyone has seen it, I'm curious what you thought. I think it's on Amazon Prime right now, but it's been out for a long time, so it's probably easy to find.

I've never watched a documentary, before or since, that has hit me harder than this one. And it's been years ago that I saw it.
Agreed. A documentary equally brilliant as it is frustrating to watch.

Great documentary. Terrible circumstances. Haven't read all the responses but try Netflix's new "Take Care of Maya". Also hard to watch but well done, emotional and interesting.
 
Holy crap! The Christmas flashback episode of the latest season of The Bear was incredible, intense, insane.

I don’t want to spoil any of the surprises, but there were some awesome performances across the board. This should win a number of Emmy’s.

It’s up there with some of the best TV episodes I’ve seen. (I won the TV draft, so I know what I’m talking about)
Just finished watching that episode. Simply a mind-blowing hour of TV.
I had to catch my breath afterward since it seemed like I was holding it for most of the hour.
Finished Season 2 yesterday. Such a great show.
 
Holy crap! The Christmas flashback episode of the latest season of The Bear was incredible, intense, insane.

I don’t want to spoil any of the surprises, but there were some awesome performances across the board. This should win a number of Emmy’s.

It’s up there with some of the best TV episodes I’ve seen. (I won the TV draft, so I know what I’m talking about)
Just finished watching that episode. Simply a mind-blowing hour of TV.
I had to catch my breath afterward since it seemed like I was holding it for most of the hour.
Finished Season 2 yesterday. Such a great show.
Just plowed through Season 2.... Not many shows want me to binge but this is one of them
 
Can somebody briefly explain Black Mirror? Are they each individual horror / sci-fi stories?
Anthology. All individual stories - though they exist in the same "world" so it's common to see call backs to earlier episodes.

Each story generally has a theme about where technology can go wrong.
 
Holy crap! The Christmas flashback episode of the latest season of The Bear was incredible, intense, insane.

I don’t want to spoil any of the surprises, but there were some awesome performances across the board. This should win a number of Emmy’s.

It’s up there with some of the best TV episodes I’ve seen. (I won the TV draft, so I know what I’m talking about)
Just finished watching that episode. Simply a mind-blowing hour of TV.
I had to catch my breath afterward since it seemed like I was holding it for most of the hour.
Finished Season 2 yesterday. Such a great show.
Just plowed through Season 2.... Not many shows want me to binge but this is one of them
I was very disappointed in the first half of season 2, but the second half is awesome so far!
 
Can somebody briefly explain Black Mirror? Are they each individual horror / sci-fi stories?
Anthology. All individual stories - though they exist in the same "world" so it's common to see call backs to earlier episodes.

Each story generally has a theme about where technology can go wrong.
So each episode is its own story, or each season? Been curious about this show as well...
 
Can somebody briefly explain Black Mirror? Are they each individual horror / sci-fi stories?
Anthology. All individual stories - though they exist in the same "world" so it's common to see call backs to earlier episodes.

Each story generally has a theme about where technology can go wrong.
So each episode is its own story, or each season? Been curious about this show as well...
Each episode is it's own story.
 
Can somebody briefly explain Black Mirror? Are they each individual horror / sci-fi stories?
Anthology. All individual stories - though they exist in the same "world" so it's common to see call backs to earlier episodes.

Each story generally has a theme about where technology can go wrong.
So each episode is its own story, or each season? Been curious about this show as well...

Think Twilight Zone with a technology/media element or angle (not always but usually).
 
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Recently finished some seasons.

Ted Lasso Season 3 - 6/10. I know there's a Ted Lasso thread so I'll keep this short. I'm glad it ended as I probably wouldn't watch a fourth season and I think it ended how it needed to. I really didn't love the finale but for the end - which I thought was really good and was consistent with the characters. I actually didn't really enjoy the Ted character himself in this season (which I get why they had to make him more melancholy given the ending, but I thought his character and good-heartedness is what made the show great and we didn't get that in season 3). I thought the Nate and Keeley arcs were pretty weak, though, and some of the events of the final game were just stupid and beyond the pale.

American Barbecue Showdown Season 2 - 8/10. Much like the first season, I pleasantly enjoyed this (and I'm not even that into barbecue) and it's the ideal show to me to have in the background while do tasks at home or whatever. I really, really enjoyed how it's not a cutthroat reality show and, instead, the people on the show all season like genuinely great and kind people.

Better Call Saul final season - 9/10. Don't ask me why I waited so long as I have no good answer, but finally got this finished. Earlier seasons were better but I'm giving it a 9/10 because it's a fantastic show.

Platonic - 7/10. Watching about 15 minutes of this as a wind down show before bed. It's good for that as it's just kind silly but the chemistry between the two main characters is strong even though they're both ridiculous and unrealistic.
 
Can somebody briefly explain Black Mirror? Are they each individual horror / sci-fi stories?
Like others have pointed out, it's an anthology series. Each episode is its own thing. Some episodes run like 40 minutes are so. Some are 1:20+, basically like a feature film. In any show like this, it is inevitable that some episodes are going to be better than others, but (a) the quality of this show is superb and pretty consistent across the first handful of seasons and (b) if you don't like a particular episode, no biggie.

If you decide to start this and are unsure about whether it is for you, I very strongly recommend NOT starting with S1E1 (The National Anthem). That is a very good, highly relevant episode. But the subject matter is extremely off-putting to viewers who don't know what they're getting into. You can come back to this one once you're a few episodes in. The next two episodes -- 15 Million Merits and The Entire History of You -- are both 10/10 episodes that accurately signal how this show operates. If you watch those and don't like them, you can comfortably skip Black Mirror. But you'll probably like them.

Edit: Actually, The Entire History of You is arguably the single best episode in the entire series. Everybody has their favorite, and if we did a poll I'm sure San Junipero and maybe a couple of others would give it a run for its money, but that episode is firmly ensconced in pretty much everybody's Top 5. And it requires no set-up and follow-up. If you don't like it, Black Mirror probably just isn't for you, which is fine obviously.
 
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Recently decided to revisit a couple of my favorite episodes from Alice in Borderland. Man, this was such a great show. For those who like the genre (dystopian game to the death) and don’t mind subtitles, I want to once again recommend this one. And it’s only a two season commitment!
This keeps getting recommended for me, think I'll give it a go as dystopian is my middle name.
 
Can somebody briefly explain Black Mirror? Are they each individual horror / sci-fi stories?
Like others have pointed out, it's an anthology series. Each episode is its own thing. Some episodes run like 40 minutes are so. Some are 1:20+, basically like a feature film. In any show like this, it is inevitable that some episodes are going to be better than others, but (a) the quality of this show is superb and pretty consistent across the first handful of seasons and (b) if you don't like a particular episode, no biggie.

If you decide to start this and are unsure about whether it is for you, I very strongly recommend NOT starting with S1E1 (The National Anthem). That is a very good, highly relevant episode. But the subject matter is extremely off-putting to viewers who don't know what they're getting into. You can come back to this one once you're a few episodes in. The next two episodes -- 15 Million Merits and The Entire History of You -- are both 10/10 episodes that accurately signal how this show operates. If you watch those and don't like them, you can comfortably skip Black Mirror. But you'll probably like them.

Edit: Actually, The Entire History of You is arguably the single best episode in the entire series. Everybody has their favorite, and if we did a poll I'm sure San Junipero and maybe a couple of others would give it a run for its money, but that episode is firmly ensconced in pretty much everybody's Top 5. And it requires no set-up and follow-up. If you don't like it, Black Mirror probably just isn't for you, which is fine obviously.

Nosedive from Season 3 is one of my favorites
 
Can somebody briefly explain Black Mirror? Are they each individual horror / sci-fi stories?

Edit: Actually, The Entire History of You is arguably the single best episode in the entire series. Everybody has their favorite, and if we did a poll I'm sure San Junipero and maybe a couple of others would give it a run for its money, but that episode is firmly ensconced in pretty much everybody's Top 5. And it requires no set-up and follow-up. If you don't like it, Black Mirror probably just isn't for you, which is fine obviously.
The bold is absolutely good advice. I say this even though The Entire History of You isn't in my top 5 (though it's probably 6 or 7) and I actually liked The National Anthem better. The Entire History of You is probably the best representation of what Black Mirror is.
 

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