“Black Mirror: Season 3”: TV show review

The third season of “Black Mirror” maintains the prior two seasons’ high standards for making the viewer look uncomfortably inward and outward, posing the dreadful question: just how far away are we in fact from these nightmare possible futures?
“Nosedive” examines a society of individuals obsessed with the popularity of their online social personae, incapable of honest human interaction, layered in fake pleasantries and posturing, reviewing each other in a perpetual stack ranking that affects airline status, employability, credit rating, and housing opportunities.
“Playtest” and “San Junipero” examine the line between virtual reality and reality, “San Junipero” also probing issues of euthanasia, immortality, and identity, while “Shut up and dance” not only questions how much privacy is possible in a hackable world but also questions, in a disquieting manner, how well you really know those around you.
“Men Against Fire” uses an interesting spin on the zombie storyline to offer a perspective on propaganda, xenophobia, and jingoism, and the season ends with “Hated in the Nation,” where the social ranking of “Nosedive” has been taken to its ultimate game-based conclusion.

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