Black Mirror S04E04

Black Mirror S04E04

I’m slowly working my way through the newest season of Black Mirror. I got to say, this was a beautiful episode. Click below to reveal my thoughts (which include spoilers).

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The episode starts (like most Black Mirror episodes) without any backstory, and you’re thrust into the middle of someone’s awkward blind date. The two go back to what seems liks a hotel to have sex but you later find out that these are more like apartments that you get put into for however long the relationship is going to last.

The two main characters joke about the possibility that they might be in a simulation and that the “coaches” are part of that simulation system. It’s a short mention and I forgot about it until the end when it’s revealed that it actually was a simulation—and that it was the 1000th. So in the end, the story was about a super-advanced version of Tinder, right? The tragic thing for me was that over the course of the episode, we’re shown how real the simulations are for the people in the simulation. Since I’m of the mind that artificial life is still life, it would seem that this system is torturing these people for the benefit of someone else (even if they are based on those people). On one hand, it’s a cute love story about two people bucking the system and running away together—it’s also a horrible portrayal of a cruel digital simulation that makes people live through an awful years-long experience of terrible relationships that ultimately ends in their “deletion”.

Published on January 4, 2018