Release Date: December 29, 2017
Despite being a TV show, each episode of Black Mirror is its own hour-long movie so I will be reviewing them as such.
A mother worries about the safety of her child so she gets her daughter an implant that not only has GPS, but allows the mother to see and hear what the daughter sees and hears which has consequences as the girl becomes a teenager.
As a father who has lost a child in a mall for a bit, I can totally empathize with the mother and I understand how that fear could lead to the choice to implant. Also as the father of teenagers, I understand how the ability to see and hear what they do would be tempting, likely horrifying, and severely detrimental to both of our sanity.
The concept of this story is cool and thought provoking. Are the benefits of the Arkangel device greater than the problems it brings? I would say no, but if a parent could control themselves and only use it when absolutely necessary it could save lives. The issue, as was the case in this episode, is that nobody could really stop themselves from looking. I have the thought that this entire episode was based on the idea of putting parental controls on real life which is a cool idea, though the visuals of that in the episode were lame. However, I would totally implant that thing in my own head if it gave me the ability to see all my past experiences like the show indicated it could.
This was a very good episode. Exceptional story, direction, and acting were all present here and it kept the concept fresh throughout while still giving a few twists and turns.