Critic Consensus: White Bear" makes up for its blunt social criticism with its intense scare factor and final twist.
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The episode is an interesting, if far-fetched, musing on social revenge.
This was an exciting and efficient piece of narrative rug-pulling that mocked, above all, our insatiable, voyeuristic, neo-Medieval thirst for supposedly "real-life" pain and humiliation repackaged as entertainment.
"White Bear" isn't a grim and gross tale of post-apocalyptic horror - it's a scathing condemnation of punishment as entertainment, a blistering attack on how we make a game out of suffering and take pleasure in the pain of others.
Like most Black Mirror episodes, White Bear explores issues of morality, fairness, and suffering in a way that is unnerving at times. Most of these stories are science fiction, but White Bear feels like it could happen now.
What "White Bear" lacks in pointed societal commentary, it no doubt makes up for in its ability to truly disturb.
White Bear is fast paced and tantalisingly thrilling to watch. You are thrown into this bizzare, soulless like world which the human population has become zombie like observers, using mobile phones to record the character of Victoria's every move.
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