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Though "Metalhead" is the show's shortest installment, the bleakness of its plot and spareness of its thrills can often make it feel longer -- though some may appreciate its claustrophobic beauty.
This bleak and stripped down survival story is an all-out stunner.
A gripping, claustrophobic battle between woman and machine...
The visuals were what carried me through the quieter moments, with Slade making sure every glimpse of the empty moors in high-contrast black-and-white photography jumps out at the viewer.
Most episodes of Black Mirror posit themselves as cautionary tales, and yet Metalhead is one of the few in which all of the alarmism feels merited.
...its simplicity makes it too much of a contained story when compared to the rest of the season four offerings.
What's so wild about the story is that all this is over a teddy bear she's trying to retrieve. Something so simple, but in a world like "Metalhead," a teddy bear can become a rare bit of hope.
"Metalhead" is so tense, it's almost not any fun at all. But then again, that kind of dichotomy is what makes Black Mirror so mesmerizing in the first place.
We never learn enough about the woman to care very much whether she survives or not.
The sparse dialogue only creates more space for the fear, desperation and, ultimately, the story to expand into.
The style makes for a dreary, terrifying, suspenseful episode that's at once extremely simple, and pretty damn effective.
At 40 minutes long, it's likely the show's shortest episode yet, but it drags anyway, somehow unhelped by its manic pacing and thumping score.
We believe that this is the worst episode of the series. [Full Review in Spanish]