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"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.
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.
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.
This is a moving exploration of grief and the drama's most emotional hour.
Be Right Back is a much quieter episode than its forebears. The social satire is barely present. The technology is terrifyingly close to real, but it never runs amok
"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...
Things get more and more disturbingly real from there, but at its core, "Be Right Back" is about the unbelievable pain of loss, and the difficulty of trying to hold onto a loved one who has passed. It's the ultimate Black Mirror episode.
"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...
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.
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.
Black Mirror's series two premiere is creepy and moving in equal measure. It has real heart and characters that live and breathe -- even when they don't.
Be Right Back is the best episode of Black Mirror because it never loses sight of its humanity.
"Be Right Back" is one of those Black Mirror episodes that has it all: a message about technology, a pure science fiction story and also a lot of soul and feeling. [Full Review in Spanish]