Black Mirror: Season 5 (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Though Black Mirror's abbreviated fifth season never quite reaches the heights (or surprises) of previous installments, it remains one of TVs strangest philosophical offerings -- for better or worse.

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Air date: Jun 5, 2019
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Critic Reviews for Black Mirror Season 5

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Watching Black Mirror's three brand-new installments on Netflix makes it clear that the series, in our current TV universe, claims and holds the fantasy anthology series crown.

Jun 5, 2019 | Full Review…
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Series five, newly out on Netflix, consists of only three episodes but each is richly suggestive, cunningly plotted and captivatingly played.

Jun 5, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Even with only three new episodes to watch, season 5 of Black Mirror delivers. All three episodes are worth watching - some more than once!

Jun 14, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The kind of anthology show that proved the possibilities of television 60 years ago... No one does the year 2025 like Black Mirror.

Jun 13, 2019 | Full Review…

This season of Black Mirror is softer than previous entries, but this change of pace isn't wholly unwelcome. It's nice to see that Brooker isn't obsessed with making his content 'edgy for edges' sake.

Jun 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Taken together, an utter treat, although real life is surely moving faster than even Black Mirror's vaulting imagination can keep pace with.

Jun 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Anything that's tech and dystopian is now "a bit Black Mirror", but the latest three episodes remind you how it's the human moments that set the series apart from mere tech horrors.

Jun 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

For a show that's built its brand on nihilistic spirals, there's something heartening in watching Black Mirror embrace the audacity of hope.

Jun 6, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The three episodes combine, however, to make for a slight and overly long viewing experience.

Jun 6, 2019 | Full Review…

A shorter season of "Black Mirror" brings this show back to its roots in how it feels more immediate and plausible... these more contained fables have the eerie effect working like a true mirror to how we live and feel today.

Jun 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Black Mirror: Season 5

After 4 seasons, I would say the series has been hit or miss. But for the most part entertaining. I like the premise of tech gone wrong being sometimes tragic and sometimes funny and often downright strange. I love anthology series' with a different cast of characters every week. I find it exciting to meet new characters, though I'm sure it is a challenge for the story to introduce new characters all the time AND tell a story. That's why this series is so appealing, they have done a good job. I am looking forward to Season 5.

i genuinely disliked this. I went in with an open mind, in fact I was excited to try a storytelling format that was pretty new to me, and I trusted that the Black Mirror crew would do it justice. I ended up just being bored most of the time. It felt way too obvious to me. Within the first twenty minutes or so I knew exactly what it was going for and where the plot would eventually lead me regardless of whatever choices I made. That isn't something I want or expect from a series like Black Mirror. If I wanted to play a video game with branching paths, there are plenty of options for me to do so. Those are some of my favorite types of videogames, even, but mixing that with a somewhat straightforward narrative didn't really work. Instead of being an interesting experiment in storytelling, it just comes off as a weird interactive video that I ultimately do not have that much control over. The fact that it stopped the story and made me go back several times was incredibly frustrating. I understand the point of it, but as a film that is supposed to have an engaging narrative this did not work for me in the slightest. I was constantly pulled out of my immersion by the often superficial choices I was faced with. I couldn't get invested in the characters or the path Stefan was going down, because often when it was just getting interesting it would divert me back to something I had already done, just to choose the option I avoided previously. At the end of the day I want to see a film with engaging characters that sweeps me away to a point where I get caught up in the story and the world it takes place in. With this, I just felt like I was biding my time until the next decision came up, hoping I picked the right one that wouldn't end in a total waste of time.

Very disappointed with this. It felt like a waste of my time choosing trivial unnessary options like cereal. I wish they would have taken the same approach as previous seasons.

Black Mirror has outdone itself with this interactive episode... It really messes with your mind with a very interesting and clever idea. It's just mindblowing! Decisions, fate, control... mysterious themes as ever!

Has there ever been a series this good for this long? The talent on both sides of the camera is astonishing. What sets it apart from it's (wannabe) peers is that it assumes a level of sophistication in the viewer. Instead of bogging itself down in contrived exposition, it just let's you get on with it. So in a nutshell, if you're a massive thickie give it a miss and watch Travelers or The Haunting of Hill House instesd. Bless yer.

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