When Charlie Brookers series gets it right, its mixture of sci-fi and satire is like nothing else on our screens. Heres its 23 chapters still further, from worst to best
An hour of television so relentlessly dour that it leaves nothing for anyone to cling to. Andrea Riseborough plays a surly assassin forced to cover her lines as she goes on another surly slaying spree. The panorama where she murders a blind child with a hammer that’s still dripping with gore from his father’s skull remains the epitome of Black Mirror’s off-putting propensity to be nasty for the sake of it.
22. Black Museum
A compilation of half-thought-out, sub-Saw morality tales that trample so much worn floor( a woman’s consciousness is transferred into an abandoned toy, a assassin is be converted into a hologram that can be repeatedly electrocuted) that it teeters on the edge of self-parody. Plus, and this is rare for Black Mirror, it’s so pleased with itself that you just want to punch it.
The end of this occurrence- in which hackers extort a boy for masturbating to porn- is the television equivalent of being vanquished over the psyche with an specially stupid stone. The boy carnages a mortal. The hackers release the masturbation footage anyway. There’s a montage of people crying and screaming to Radiohead’s most overblown song, and then it turns out that the son was watching child porn all along. A conveyor belt of Charlie Brooker’s worst excess, this is an episode that feels as if it was made by a breach Black Mirror algorithm.