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Black Mirror delivers an uncharacteristically uplifting and enjoyable ending in "San Junipero," an especially bright and sweetly surprising episode that benefits greatly from its vibrant lead performances.
Hard sci-fi with heart. This is another episode that, if it were a film, would be a Best Picture contender.
San Junipero was easily my favorite of this batch of Black Mirror episodes... Its tone was so radically different -- this is the one story in which the implications of future technology are somewhat bright, and I was all the more relieved for it.
What holds your interest is Mbatha-Raw -- who brings enough vivacity and conviction to what's essentially a cipher of a role for the proudly tearjerking ending to land with a satisfying emotional thwack.
This is a feel-good story about people dying and living forever in the '80s, which could easily sound like hell. Instead, Black Mirror makes heaven a place on Earth.
San Junipero is the first Black Mirror episode that doesn't set out to make you feel uncomfortable, or even foolish.
"San Junipero" feels like a promise - Black Mirror will never stop surprising us.
Certainly the most uplifting episode of Black Mirror, "San Junipero" works largely due to its perfectly cast pair of leads.
San Junipero, [is] a tenderhearted and lavishly produced romance that provides a nice tonic after the soul-crushing bleakness of the first three episodes.
["San Junipero"] is designed to come as a surprise.
Anything meaningful this episode wanted to say, however, is undermined (or more appropriately obliterated) by the detritus melodramatic nonsense it tries to pass off as legible, thought-provoking storytelling.