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Episode Info: Welcome to Black Mirror Friday: Black Mirror Striking Vipers Review! You can listen to our podcast by clicking the podcast player at the top of this post, or you can read on for our detailed analysis and show notes. Season 5 of Black Mirror has arrived with less than stellar response from critics. Let’s dive in and see what Shannon and Fadra thought of the first episode, “Striking Vipers.” Netflix dropped the three-episode season on June 5th. We try to stay away from reviews before we watch, but we did read a spoiler-free review that stated all three episodes “commendably keep technology on the fringes of their stories.” We’re not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. The review goes on to say “Black Mirror Season 5 understands the show is at its best not when highlighting new technology, but when exploring how technology affects the human experience and the ways in which the addictive nature of certain tech could ultimately tear us apart.” Fadra believes that is the heart of Black Mirror and has been for years, but Shannon is craving a little more futuristic technology. Will “Striking Vipers” be the Best of Black Mirror Season 5? Now that we’ve seen the first episode and read a couple reviews, some say “Striking Vipers” is the best of the three. That’s worrisome, since Shannon and Fadra didn’t love this episode. And many reviewers didn’t like any of the Season 5 episodes. The other thing to remember is that these episodes often take a second watching and some time to sink in. Black Mirror really is a thinking show. When Fadra watched season four, she didn’t love any of the episodes. Now, there are some that she absolutely loves. Synopsis and Overall Thoughts on Striking Vipers (4:30) Synopsis: Two estranged college friends reunite in later life, triggering a series of events that could alter their lives forever. (Spoilers ahead.) Get more Black Mirror discussion here! In Black Mirror Striking Vipers, friends Danny and Karl have drifted apart, but reconnect at Danny’s 38th birthday party. Karl gives Danny the gift of a virtual reality video game and the two meet up later that evening to play. But the Street Fighter-esque game quickly turns into repeated sexual encounters between Danny and Karl’s in-game characters. What did we think of this episode? Fadra: “By the time I got to the end, here was my feeling: Well, that was weird.” Shannon: “My overall reaction was just very disappointed. My husband and I thought it kind of sucked.” But it definitely gave us some food for thought, right? Who Are the Actors in Black Mirror Striking Vipers? (6:50) Danny: Anthony Mackie who plays Falcon in the Avengers series and will be in Season 2 of Altered Carbon as Takeshi Kovacs. Karl: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, also plays Black Manta in Aquaman.Theo: Nicole Beharie who plays Abby in the TV series Sleepy HollowRoxette: Pom Klementief...
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