Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror Page 3

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  • mrpon 5 Dec 2011 00:09:59 30,710 posts
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    An hour though, why so long?
  • mal 5 Dec 2011 00:20:22 24,332 posts
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    CrispyXUK wrote:
    Awesome - very conflicting watch. Why was mal expecting a twist?
    Personal preference I guess. Maybe not twists per se, but I don't especially like a story that's fundamentally set out in the first five minutes and then hardly develops any further in the remaining 55, apart from a coda during the end credits.

    That said, I didn't fail to enjoy this. I'll enjoy anything with Lindsay Duncan in, and the policeman out of Ideal was a nice bonus.
  • Deleted user 5 December 2011 00:26:44
    Must be hard to please when nearly any stories have twists :)
  • localnotail 5 Dec 2011 01:07:44 23,084 posts
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    Interesting genesis of idea in 2002 Screen Burn column

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  • Articulate-Troll 5 Dec 2011 01:17:15 3,100 posts
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    It was pretty good. I think it worked because it took its subject matter very seriously, even though the whole idea was completely absurd.

    I don't think Charlie can write characters that well, but he's certainly good at satirizing popular culture and the media, as he's always done so well on his Wipe shows.
  • elstoof 5 Dec 2011 07:32:05 9,967 posts
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    I hope the third one finally develops his "Mick Hucknalls Pink Pancakes" concept a little further.
  • elstoof 5 Dec 2011 08:29:00 9,967 posts
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    localnotail wrote:
    Interesting genesis of idea in 2002 Screen Burn column

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    He namechecks Roy Kinnear in that article, who's son starred in the eventual show. Bet he was chuffed with that.
  • Dr_Cowley 5 Dec 2011 10:52:46 16 posts
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    I hadnt even heard of this show, will have to check it out if brookers involved, thanks for the heads up guys
  • TheSaint 5 Dec 2011 11:06:45 15,788 posts
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    I liked it but couldn't help feeling the whole way through that this premise would have made an awesome South Park episode.
  • Jono62 5 Dec 2011 11:07:18 15,113 posts
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    The Daily Mail hate it. Even more reason to watch.
  • ModishNouns 5 Dec 2011 11:24:33 4,683 posts
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    What's that Daily Mail mirror/proxy site again?
  • Blaketown 5 Dec 2011 11:27:13 5,216 posts
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    They got it shut down.
  • sport 5 Dec 2011 11:33:30 13,085 posts
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    Jono62 wrote:
    The Daily Mail hate it. Even more reason to watch.
    What did they say about it?
  • ModishNouns 5 Dec 2011 11:34:29 4,683 posts
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    Blaketown wrote:
    They got it shut down.
    Only a matter of time, I suppose. Think of the children!
  • richarddavies 5 Dec 2011 11:47:46 3,663 posts
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    I liked this. The only thing that annoyed me was the obligatory wanker reporter that will do anything to get a story twat but apart from that was pretty good. Watched it with the missus, she didn't know where to look near the end.
  • WrongShui 5 Dec 2011 12:16:37 6,640 posts
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    I'm not even sure what that was about. Seemed a bit fillery.
  • Jono62 5 Dec 2011 12:22:28 15,113 posts
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    sport wrote:
    Jono62 wrote:
    The Daily Mail hate it. Even more reason to watch.
    What did they say about it?
    Charlie Brooker wrote on twitter:

    Black Mirror: The National Anthem 9pm C4 Sun. "Unfunny, deeply unpleasant, and not clever" - Nigel Andrew, Daily Mail
  • sport 5 Dec 2011 12:36:54 13,085 posts
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    You know what would have been unpleasant, if the PM had to shag Liz Jones.
  • Cadence 5 Dec 2011 14:28:18 1,777 posts
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    This really was superb wasn't it. I loved the line from the PM's advisor "don't finish too quickly, it'll look like you're enjoying yourself". Really dark stuff. Brooker really does seem to hate humanity though doesn't he.
  • Mr-Brett 5 Dec 2011 21:24:11 13,261 posts
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    I thought it was ok, certainly not great. The main problem being that it's not even remotely believable but the whole thing was very serious, it didn't quite fit.
  • localnotail 5 Dec 2011 21:51:40 23,084 posts
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    I saw Cameron speaking earlier on TV and I could not shake the uncanny feeling I had seen him shaft a pig last night.
  • elstoof 5 Dec 2011 23:22:26 9,967 posts
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    Makes a change from shafting the rest of us. At least the pig was sedated.
  • localnotail 5 Dec 2011 23:47:54 23,084 posts
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    We are all sedated. By television, drug of the nation...
  • Lukus 6 Dec 2011 00:02:57 19,743 posts
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    My impression of last night's episode:

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  • mal 6 Dec 2011 00:35:46 24,332 posts
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    And he got the internet (a bit) wrong.
  • SG 6 Dec 2011 01:44:15 1,896 posts
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    That was some seriously dark shit. Thoroughly enjoyed the show.
  • Mark1412 6 Dec 2011 03:07:59 754 posts
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    Pretty good but a touch heavy-handed.
  • binster 6 Dec 2011 11:08:40 555 posts
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    Thought that was delightfully dark. I've seen criticism that the premise is ridiculous and therefore unbelievable, which seems to be missing the point somewhat.

    I found it interesting that I basically had utter sympathy for the Prime Minister, which is not something I would expect from the current state of UK Politics. I guess that's unbelievable too.
  • zombiesinmyhead 6 Dec 2011 11:30:37 112 posts
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    I actually though it was a bit gash. I just think Charlie Brooker's not all that good at fiction. Dead Set was ok-ish, but I just think dark mirror didn't live up to anything. I fail to see how it was a satire on modern technology. It seemed to boil down to the idea that the government wanted to surpress something that was on twitter. Hardly all that insightful. And it was all done by a turner prize winning artist with the ninja skills to take down royal protection officers? Do me a favour. I know the hows and whys weren't that important, but even still...

    The only way I got any sort of pleasure out of it was imagining it was happening to Cameron, but even then I don't really want to think about his face when he's on the job. Thatís just a pig fucking another pig.
  • OllyJ 6 Dec 2011 11:41:41 3,383 posts
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    I thought it was great, like an episode of 24 but with pig sex instead of nukes.
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