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A masterful blend of science fiction and horror that explores the consequences of fantasy run amuck, "USS Callister" is as topical as it is terrifying.
What I liked most about "USS Callister," which makes for an exceptionally strong start to this new season, was the nasty, winking twist of its set-up.
It's a provocation to bad fans (of which Black Mirror may have a few)-a male fantasy that gets disrupted by women and people of color-that is also very funny, very well-plotted, and questions and celebrates its Trekkian source material with great wit.
It's too simple to say that "USS Callister" is the hour of television we needed at the end of 2017. But it certainly was quite welcome.
USS Callister cements its status as one of the very best Black Mirror episodes when this crafty commentary improves upon the very sort of art it criticizes.
I can't stop thinking about the best new episode of Black Mirror. Its official title is "USS Callister," it will forever be known as "The Star Trek Episode," it is the most exciting motion picture space opera since last decade's Battlestar Galactica.
Intelligent, surprising, feminist...USS Callister is Black Mirror at its best.
An unexpected, candy-colored genre exercise,"Callister" isn't just one of the best surprises of the show, it's the kind of episode so specific it seems as though it could easily spawn a series of its own.
The performances in this episode are some of the best in the series as well. Milioti finally gets a role worthy of her talents.
Suffice it to say "U.S.S. Callister" is disturbing in parts, but also maybe the most fun episode Black Mirror has yet to produce.
Black Mirror expertly mixes genres here, from the obvious Star Trek sci-fi homage to straight-up horror at the torture Daly casually inflicts on his co-workers in simulated reality.
It's a wickedly ingenious twist, and the cast of familiar faces is superb.
Overall, it was one of the strongest episodes of the season and a testament to the stellar writing of the series.