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  • Summary: The third season of the British anthology-styled drama was picked up by Netflix, who commissioned 12 episodes.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Science Fiction

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    Oct 17, 2016
    100
    The third season picks up right where the the other two left off, with more suspenseful tales “exploring themes of contemporary techno paranoia.”
  2. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Sep 15, 2016
    100
    Black Mirror continues to be as bracingly original and thought-provoking as ever before, a Twilight Zone-influenced gem for the technology age that Brooker only seems to get more creative at fleshing out.
  3. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Ray Rahman
    Oct 17, 2016
    91
    People call Black Mirror the 21st century's Twilight Zone. That's certainly high praise, but the show ultra-eerie third season lives up to that promise. [21/28 Oct 2016, p.95]
  4. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Oct 20, 2016
    80
    With more narratives to unspool, perhaps it’s inevitable that the quality level can’t remain consistent throughout. ... If someone decides to create a TV time capsule that represents this decade, I can easily imagine Black Mirror being placed in it.
  5. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Oct 21, 2016
    80
    Black Mirror leaves you feeling like you should turn all your screens off while making you incapable of doing anything but hitting “play next.”
  6. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Oct 20, 2016
    80
    Typical of the Netflix large-portions ethos, a few of the new episodes are too long, and compared with the lapidary early seasons, they feel diluted. Still, Black Mirror hasn’t lost its currency.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Oct 20, 2016
    70
    All in all, it’s a season of Black Mirror you’ll enjoy if you like your sci-fi/fantasy/horror laced heavily with social commentary. Me, I wish the messages were ladled on with a lighter hand.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Oct 21, 2016
    10
    As poignant and discomforting as ever, Black Mirror delivers another batch of excellent episodes, with one minor exception. But itsAs poignant and discomforting as ever, Black Mirror delivers another batch of excellent episodes, with one minor exception. But its willingness to ask hard questions makes me all the more willing to search for answers myself. The third season is a welcome return of Brooker's masterful series. Expand
  2. Oct 25, 2016
    10
    If this is being compared to the same old recycled dramas that get put out on TV then this has to be a 10/10. Lots of great concepts here, AndIf this is being compared to the same old recycled dramas that get put out on TV then this has to be a 10/10. Lots of great concepts here, And to me, great sci-fi is about great concepts. Executed very well. Highly recommend the whole season. Episode 4 is a highlight for me. Gugu mbatha-raw is super attractive in this episode. Expand
  3. Sep 20, 2017
    10
    Think this might be the closest we have come to a modern twillight zone, anthology shows can be amazing and feel like there should be more ofThink this might be the closest we have come to a modern twillight zone, anthology shows can be amazing and feel like there should be more of them.

    Feel like we have 20 doctor tv shows every single year there could lest be 1 anthology show/year

    Its a impressive show not every episode is equal but im still giving this a 10 since i trying to think of a show that does the same thing but better and cant think of any.
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  4. Oct 23, 2016
    10
    Depressing as **** If you prefer your media to distract you from the bleakness of reality, pick something else. If you don't mind wallowing inDepressing as **** If you prefer your media to distract you from the bleakness of reality, pick something else. If you don't mind wallowing in abject misery for a few hours, you could do a lot worse than Black Mirror. Expand
  5. Jan 28, 2018
    9
    Preserves the influence of Twilight Zone with his critic and fears to technology, with stories with ironic, collapsing ending. Pay attentionPreserves the influence of Twilight Zone with his critic and fears to technology, with stories with ironic, collapsing ending. Pay attention to Shut up and dance. Expand
  6. Oct 22, 2016
    9
    Nosedive: It has arguably the most solid character act of the season, in good part thanks to a powerhouse performance from Bryce DallasNosedive: It has arguably the most solid character act of the season, in good part thanks to a powerhouse performance from Bryce Dallas Howard. I also liked how Joe Wright created a futuristic version of 1950s suburbia, which emphasized the phoniness of the characters. The plotting gets a bit contrived in some parts, but everything pays off brilliantly, so it's a minor flaw.

    Playtest: Wyatt Russell has the charisma and screen presence necessary to carry the episode, although he tends to overact at times. Unlike other Black Mirror episodes, this one isn't so political in its subject, since it prefers to go for a more intimate angle, which feels rather refreshing.

    Shut Up and Dance: Easily my favorite episode of the season. Its premise is fairly straightforward, but it maintains a sense of escalation, paranoia and urgency that never decreases. And the ending recontextualizes the episode in a way that rewards you for going through an hour of emotional draining.

    San Junipero: This one requires two viewings for better appreciation, since it can be quite confusing in its first half. It stands out for being the most character-driven episode of the season, if not the entire show. Even though it's not as thrilling as the others, I liked how it buried an incredibly poignant conclusion under a happy setting, making for a striking social commentary.

    Men Against Fire: Its establishment of a post-apocalyptic scenario works well since there's always the feeling something wrong is about to happen, and that's its strongest aspect. It's pretty heavy-handed in its message delivery, and considering the military theme, the action scenes leave room for improvement despite some imaginative beats. But considering its social relevance, generally solid visuals and performances (Ariane Labed and Sarah Snook are underused, though), it manages to be a satisfying entry.

    Hated in the Nation: The only Black Mirror episode I've disliked. It's basically an entire CSI season crammed into 90 sluggishly paced minutes. You know something is very wrong when a SWAT raid is as exciting as filing taxes. The characters are flat and speak mostly in exposition. And its themes were already explored before and better in The National Anthem and White Bear.
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  7. Nov 1, 2016
    6
    As a fan of the past two seasons, I was fairly disappointed by this season of Black Mirror. For me this whole season felt way too expositoryAs a fan of the past two seasons, I was fairly disappointed by this season of Black Mirror. For me this whole season felt way too expository and spent more time explaining every facet of the technology introduced. Even the episode I thought delivered best on its story (Nosedive) felt drawn out and way too expository for my liking and so did not feel like a core episode of the series I grew to love over the past few years. Otherwise, I thought episodes like "Shut Up and Dance" were much more in line with episodes from previous seasons, but also seemed to retread ideas the series has already explored.

    Overall, I still maintain the show is better off continuing with Netflix than simply not existing anymore. Nonetheless, I do not think this season was anywhere near as thought provoking as the previous seasons and whenever I do go back to the series in the future I fully intend to skip season 3 and stick to seasons 1/2 and the holiday special.
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