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Behind her pink and perky façade, Lacie becomes obsessed with social media status in "Nosedive," an episode that demonstrates the dangers of society's need for approval but does so with a perfect dose of humor.
A perfect sendup of our obsession with social media approval.
The lush, calming visuals of Nosedive clash nicely with the mounting anxiety, and Howard's performance is terrific -- she conveys Lacie's inner frustration while grinning cheerfully through it.
This antiseptic, pastel-coloured Stepford-cum-Brave New World -- is superbly and thought-provokingly drawn, a ring of hell barely distinguishable from good old 2016.
"Nosedive" shows that you don't need dramatic twists to have a great episode of Black Mirror.
Quite possibly the most stylized episode of the entire series thus far, "Nosedive" benefits from its stellar production values and director Joe Wright's eye painting on a larger canvas.
It's a fun one to watch, with a central idea that certainly pays off in "Nosedive's" final satisfying moments, but there's still something about the episode's predictability that feels woefully surface-level...
It never fulfills the pungent urgency of its predecessors, neither does it ever probe the dark, sardonic qualities rooted in our modernistic underbellies.
Although the conclusion didn't feel as impactful as I wanted,... the episode as a whole still feels strong, largely thanks to Howard's sharp performance and the biting, funny script.
Nosedive is a great hour of television for all the usual reasons: methodical direction, highly original writing, a maniacally committed lead performance.
This outing is a unique treat -- and one that's a joy to unpack on a visual level.