Tried my best to finish the fourth season as slow as possible, and I think it took me a week, one episode per day since it was released. Patting myself for a job well done in taking it slow considering that this show gives me so much pleasure and it's really easy to binge watch in a day albeit exhausting and emotionally draining. They tried to mix it up this season as not all episodes create negative reaction anymore unlike the usual Black Mirror that we know. Some avid fans like it, some don't. I may not be a huge fan of this season, but I appreciate the risks that Charlie Brooker took in producing this refreshing season.
So I watched San Junipero without even knowing what Black Mirror is about and despite my ignorance, I still loved it and vowed to watch more episodes. Then I realized that the show is actually an anthology that depicts modern society, specifically modern or future technology, in a satirical and disturbing way.
That made it easier for me because I don't have to watch it in order and there are only 13 episodes, 13 brilliantly thought episodes to binge on. In just two weeks I finished all the episodes and here's how I would rank them based on their overall greatness.
19. The Waldo Moment - S02E03
18. Men Against Fire - S03E05
17. Arkangel - S04E02
16. White Christmas - Christmas Special 2014
It's crazy how I love this episode yet it's this low. Just proves that Black Mirror has lots of great episodes. White Christmas stars Jon Hamm and Rafe Spall, and while I didn't care about the message of this episode and the twist (it's quite predictable), I love the three stories interwoven to make a fully realized episode. The stories vary from comedy to dark to touching to scary, and overall it may seem messy on paper, but the writing is so good, it makes for an intriguing and touching episode. Scary ending!
15. Hated in the Nation - S03E06
14. Be Right Back - S02E01
13. Black Museum - S04E06
12. Fifteen Million Merits - S01E02
11. USS Callister - S04E01
10. Hang the DJ - S04E04
9. Shut Up and Dance - S03E03
This episode has one of the most aggravating endings of Black Mirror ever. You'll feel betrayed and drained by it, at least that's what happened to me. Aside from the ending, there are several things I like about this. For one, I really like how the narration makes you want to know more of what's going to happen with the main character, and as the story progresses, the story gets even more layered with the cast and dilemma also increase in number. Second, it makes you put yourself in the main character's situation. Then you start to disagree with his actions only to realize by the end why his actions made sense. I guess if you figured out the twist in the beginning you won't have the same reaction but if you didn't, it's a very gripping episode to watch. You'll question humanity after watching this. Great use of Radiohead's Exit Music too.
8. Metalhead - S04E05
7. Playtest - S03E02
6. Crocodile - S04E03
5. White Bear - S02E02
4. The National Anthem - S01E01
3. Nosedive - SE03E01
2. The Entire History of You - S01E03
1. San Junipero - S03E04