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Be Right Back

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Critic Consensus: "Be Right Back" tones down Black Mirror's typically dark humor, but its examination of grief in the age of social media makes it an exceptionally powerful episode.

Episode Info

In Be Right Back, Martha and Ash are a young couple who move to a remote cottage. The day after the move, Ash is killed, returning the hire van. At the funeral, Martha's friend Sarah tells her about a new service that lets people stay in touch with the deceased. By using all his past online communications and social media profiles, a new 'Ash' can be created. Martha is disgusted by the concept but then in a confused and lonely state she decides to talk to 'him'...

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Critic reviews for Be Right Back

One of the interesting things about this episode is that it shows us a character meeting a technology for the first time, rather than one who has been living with it for a while.

October 2, 2018 | Full Review…

The latest episode of Black Mirror, Be Right Back, is both a haunting vision of the future, and of what our relationship with technology could become.

October 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"Be Right Back" is a fable about letting go, about how the healing process can only be complete when you have moved on. But its great power is that genre twist...

December 4, 2018 | Full Review…

"Be Right Back" combines all the best bits of a Black Mirror episode: a crushingly human storyline, seamlessly integrated technology and some masterful construction in a haunting soundtrack and brilliant pacing...

October 2, 2018 | Full Review…

There was a lesson to be learned here about moving on and not hanging on to the past -- and what we share of ourselves online -- but it got buried under one far-fetched twist too many.

September 5, 2018 | Full Review…

The Cinematography is perfect for the mood of the writing as is the sound design and editing. These elements add to the cold lonely world that Martha is slowly but unknowingly devising around her.

September 4, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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