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An exquisite corpse of good ideas never fully formed, "Rachel, Jack and Ashley, Too" struggles to sew its many concepts together -- what does work can largely be attributed to Miley Cyrus' wholly committed and compelling performance.
Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too, may tell its story through a slightly different voice, but the story it imparts undoubtedly belongs in the cruel world of Black Mirror, and represents the best of Brooker's talent as a writer.
The show's take on the genre is also oddly stale, relying on a textbook dichotomy between "pop" and "rock."
"Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too" has enough engaging material to make it the most successful outing of the show's latest season.
It's a little bit of slapstick, a little bit of drama, all wrapped in a few broad messages about predatory music industry marketing practices. It also feels particularly off-brand for "Black Mirror."
For an episode dominated by such unusual parallels to a real-life pop star in crisis, and one that gently pokes at a number of interesting themes, it is not quite the eerie, rainbow-coloured statement piece it could have been.
This is... a mess.
By far my favorite episode of the season - and quite possibly of the entire series. Miley Cyrus delivers an amazing performance that seems to hit close to home for her.
Rice, Davenport, and Cyrus - two promising young talents and one of the world's biggest stars - are too talented for the middling roles they've been subjected to here.
It's a good lesson, as the smiling vagaries of empowerment feminism begin to fall away for a more urgent application of practical activism.
Paired with a late in the game rescue mission and an unsatisfying ending, "Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too" has nothing interesting or profound to say about pop music, girlhood, or technology.