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Examining how technology amplifies human characteristics, the emotional punch of "The Entire History of You" comes from positing that we don't need futuristic technology to ruin a relationship -- we can do it all by ourselves.
If you've ever been in a relationship with anyone who's been in another relationship, this one will crush you.
The best episode to date.
It feels like a more human story than what we've seen so far, but this is only a means to draw you in close.
This was the least effective of the Black Mirror dramas, because the technological element wasn't so crucial to the trajectory of the story.
I doubt Black Mirror would've become the cultural phenomenon it is without "The Entire History Of You."
At its core, Black Mirror is about how technology has the power to shape - or wreck - human relationships. Which makes 'The Entire History of You' the purest example of the form, charting the complete disintegration of one man's life.
Here is Black Mirror doing what only Black Mirror can do - it packages that emotional turmoil in genre concepts that ease you into the trap and only make the final gut punch all the more painful.
"The Entire History of You" imagines a near future in which everyone wears implants that record everything they see, allowing them to replay events and share memories with others. Only this is Black Mirror, so of course it goes dark.
The episode expertly keeps the focus of its story on a young couple as they struggle to coexist.
Black Mirror has had plenty of horrifying images over the course of its four seasons, but the blank-eyed stares as the couple goes through deadeningly routine intimacy is one of the most upsetting and poignant.