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Black Mirror: Season 4 Episode 1 Reviews

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Gina Carbone
June 10, 2019

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.

Lauren O'Callaghan
SFX Magazine
February 19, 2019

Intelligent, surprising, feminist...USS Callister is Black Mirror at its best.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
TV Line Staff
TV Line
November 20, 2018

It's a wickedly ingenious twist, and the cast of familiar faces is superb.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Michelle Kisner
The Movie Sleuth
November 7, 2018

Overall, it was one of the strongest episodes of the season and a testament to the stellar writing of the series.

Alan French
October 10, 2018

The performances in this episode are some of the best in the series as well. Milioti finally gets a role worthy of her talents.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Aubrey Page
October 3, 2018

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.

Jackie Strause
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
October 3, 2018

Cinematic feats and Easter eggs aside, the 74-minute sci-fi story is bound to be received similarly to "San Junipero," as its theme of reclaiming power under tyranny is a relevant message to be sending before 2017 comes to a close.

Akhil Arora
August 27, 2018

The world will never be perfect, USS Callister argues, but you've always got to fight to make it better.

Adam Epstein
August 27, 2018

"USS Callister" is wholly unlike anything the dystopian tech series has ever attempted, and the result is a surprisingly funny and effective trek into the final frontier.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Hannah Ryan
Screen Queens
August 24, 2018

'U.S.S Callister' sets the bar high for the remainder of the series and quickly establishes itself as one of the best episodes in the entirety of 'Black Mirror'. It is both chilling and brilliant. Expertly done.

Adam Chitwood
August 21, 2018

"USS Callister" is one of the most ambitious Black Mirror episodes yet, but that it's tackling an issue like toxic masculinity so forcefully and in depth proves the show is still interested in humanity first and foremost.

Alan Sepinwall
August 21, 2018

At times, it's horrifying in its portrayal of toxic masculinity given godhood, at others incredibly fun, and in many moments, both at once.

Willa Paskin
Top Critic
August 21, 2018

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.

Alison Herman
The Ringer
August 21, 2018

"USS Callister" is instead a tribute to one woman's ingenuity, which may be the most important legacy the rapturous reception of "San Junipero" left in its wake. Black Mirror works best not as a show about technology, but about the people who use it.

Elena Nicolaou
August 21, 2018

"USS Callister" wraps a stunning premise around an equally stunning narrative - something not all Black Mirror episodes manage to achieve.

Alex Avard
SFX Magazine
August 21, 2018

It might just be the most technophilic Black Mirror story yet.

Kevin Yeoman
August 21, 2018

Perhaps one of the most ambitious episodes of Charlie Brooker's technophobic nightmare, 'USS Callister' is a genre mash-up that's part Star Trek, part Galaxy Quest, and part thriller.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Adam Starkey
Metro (UK)
August 21, 2018

USS Callister is proof there's room for Black Mirror's concept to grow - boldly going where the show hasn't gone before with truly spectacular results.

Beth Elderkin
August 21, 2018

I'm going to be feeling the effects of "USS Callister" for awhile, and I imagine a lot of you will be too. Black Mirror trapped all of us inside the USS Callister, and we may never escape it.

Katherine Cross
August 21, 2018

The beauty of "USS Callister" is that it shows us who is the real villain. It's neither the media nor nor fandom, per se, but the fan who perverts these stories into a weapon.

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