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"Hated in the Nation" concludes Black Mirror's third season on a strong note, effectively conveying the sometimes fatal consequences of online hate through a narrative that is morally complex and cinematically invigorating.
Hated in the Nation is blunt, but its target is diffuse... It's a depressing note to end Black Mirror on, but a fitting one -- a caution to its audience to never feel too high and mighty about your conduct online.
As invigoratingly unusual as Hated in the Nation is, its agile movement between cerebral sci-fi and emotionally rooted moralizing identifies it as a satisfyingly representative note for Black Mirror to go out on before returning to hiatus.
Like many of the best Black Mirror episodes, it holds people accountable for their behavior -- adding the bright-eyed angry mob of social media to the list of villains.
Hated in the Nation works brilliantly as a stand-alone episode, particularly for those who enjoy a strange mix of sci-fi and crime drama.
So much of "Hated in the Nation" is smart and weird and fascinating that it's a shame the whole thing isn't just a little bit tighter.
I do admit that the episode introduces some real topical discussion but there is nothing studious or compelling about literalized murder resulting from internet hate.
This episode...has the best cinematography of the series.
While Black Mirror's dedication to the art of the twist is admirable in the abstract, it doesn't always work in practice. Hated in the Nation never figures out exactly what it's critiquing
Although the premise and the reflection are interesting, the episode feels empty and it never lands. [Full Review in Spanish]
With a much bigger season Black Mirror wanted to end on a strong note, and 90 minutes gives the episode plenty of space to do that.
It felt a little too conventional as an episode of Black Mirror, even with the near-future tech and Twitter hate.
James Hawes (Doctor Who, Penny Dreadful) directs what is in many ways the most thematically relevant episode of this new batch, with a direct connection to the ugly side of social media and its lack of consequences.