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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.
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.
"San Junipero" feels like a promise - Black Mirror will never stop surprising us.
It's a beautiful story that will make you cry, which can't always be said of this series. Best of all it's anchored by excellent performances from Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis.
If you only watch one episode of this season, this is the one I recommend. San Junipero is getting a huge amount of praise, especially from the LGBTQIA community and it's well deserved.
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.
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" also has lots of great music and maybe the best dance-floor scene since the one at the end of Claire Denis's Beau Travail.
Certainly the most uplifting episode of Black Mirror, "San Junipero" works largely due to its perfectly cast pair of leads.