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Beezer : 1/8/2018 10:56 am
A bit late to this dance on Netflix, so apologies if there's been extensive chatter here about the program. As a huge Twilight Zone fan, this show is hitting all the right notes for me. My wife and I binge-watched this past weekend ... saw probably 7-8 episodes.

One thing about it - man, it's an emotional watch. Really well done.

I was skeptical of USS Callister as it rolled out, but it's now my favorite episode. White Christmas is a tough watch. So much good stuff, I know it's going to be one of those programs I'm bummed about when I've watched all the available episodes.

Definitely a strong recommendation.

Anyone else watching (or watched it)? If so, your favorite episode(s) ... preferably without big spoilers.
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BrettNYG10 : 1/8/2018 10:58 am : link
Shut Up and Dance is my favorite. White Bear is 2.

Think I only disliked about two episodes. Metalhead was one.
Caught a few  
ryanmkeane : 1/8/2018 10:59 am : link
from season 4 over the weekend...

Black Museum was fantastic.
White Bear ...  
Beezer : 1/8/2018 10:59 am : link
... is that the one with the woman being chased by people recording her on their cells?

We went out to dinner that night and tried watching ... but I fell asleep. lol Gotta go back and watch that one all the way through.
I've enjoyed  
Spyder : 1/8/2018 11:01 am : link
some of the Black Mirror episodes through the first 3 seasons. But a lot of the episodes did not connect for some reason, or were outright shitshows. I have not finished any of the seasons.

But the first episode of the new 4th season called "USS Callister"?

Absolute Grand Slam! Watched the same episode again the very next night with a friend who was also blown out of the water.

Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad/Fargo), the lovely Cristin Milioti (Fargo) and Jimmi Simpson (William from Westworld) all do an excellent job in a near future twilightzone dramedy that will not disappoint anyone, especially Star Trek fans
While we're on the subject of great shows ...  
Beezer : 1/8/2018 11:02 am : link
what might be the best/easiest way to find The Leftovers? I'm not completely fluent with this stuff. Any good avenues available?
RE: White Bear ...  
BrettNYG10 : 1/8/2018 11:02 am : link
In comment 13777969 Beezer said:
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... is that the one with the woman being chased by people recording her on their cells?

We went out to dinner that night and tried watching ... but I fell asleep. lol Gotta go back and watch that one all the way through.


Yes. Thought it was great.
RE: White Bear ...  
Mad Mike : 1/8/2018 11:02 am : link
In comment 13777969 Beezer said:
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... is that the one with the woman being chased by people recording her on their cells?

Yes. That one and White Christmas are my favorites (but man, is White Christmas dark. I liked Shut Up and Dance, Playtest and San Junipero a lot as well.
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djm : 1/8/2018 11:02 am : link
In comment 13777964 BrettNYG10 said:
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Shut Up and Dance is my favorite. White Bear is 2.

Think I only disliked about two episodes. Metalhead was one.


White Bear's ending...still can't go over that one!
I love every episode except  
Giants in 07 : 1/8/2018 11:04 am : link
for the first episode of the series. Good concept, but a little too much and could have been a lot better. But I understand why they went the direction they did. Just didn't sit right.

Agree with Brett, Metalhead is okay. Just not a black mirror episode. Dogs were cool though.

White Christmas, Playtest, White Bear are my favorites in terms of twists and plot

The Entire History of You and Be Right Back are favorites in terms of cool technology and futuristic situations.
RE: While we're on the subject of great shows ...  
Giants in 07 : 1/8/2018 11:05 am : link
In comment 13777977 Beezer said:
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what might be the best/easiest way to find The Leftovers? I'm not completely fluent with this stuff. Any good avenues available?


Have HBO on your cable subscription? Use HBO GO.
The Entire History of You  
Beezer : 1/8/2018 11:07 am : link
was really good.

Be Right Back ... was, damn. So good, but kinda freaked me out.
It's Happening Already  
Beezer : 1/8/2018 11:11 am : link
Watched that one later last night. Stars Dallas Bryce Howard, in a world where everyone is judged by internet clicks and ratings.

Clearly, this is actually already happening, so it's somewhat disturbing. Makes you look at social media differently - harder, and with more scrutiny regarding just how deeply you place an emphasis on this stuff, and the role it takes in your life.

Terrific episode, IMO.

RE: I love every episode except  
FranknWeezer : 1/8/2018 11:12 am : link
In comment 13777986 Giants in 07 said:
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for the first episode of the series. Good concept, but a little too much and could have been a lot better. But I understand why they went the direction they did. Just didn't sit right.

Agree with Brett, Metalhead is okay. Just not a black mirror episode. Dogs were cool though.

White Christmas, Playtest, White Bear are my favorites in terms of twists and plot

The Entire History of You and Be Right Back are favorites in terms of cool technology and futuristic situations.


I watched one episode on a recommendation from a co-worker, Episode 1, Season 1. That was some pretty demented stuff with the pig-loving. Not sure I'm up for much more of that.
RE: RE: I love every episode except  
Giants in 07 : 1/8/2018 11:15 am : link
In comment 13778005 FranknWeezer said:
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for the first episode of the series. Good concept, but a little too much and could have been a lot better. But I understand why they went the direction they did. Just didn't sit right.

Agree with Brett, Metalhead is okay. Just not a black mirror episode. Dogs were cool though.

White Christmas, Playtest, White Bear are my favorites in terms of twists and plot

The Entire History of You and Be Right Back are favorites in terms of cool technology and futuristic situations.



I watched one episode on a recommendation from a co-worker, Episode 1, Season 1. That was some pretty demented stuff with the pig-loving. Not sure I'm up for much more of that.


By far the worst episode in my opinion. Not the only disturbing episode but definitely the only one disturbing in that sort of way. Give it another go.
Your co-worker failed you  
Kyle in NY : 1/8/2018 11:16 am : link
It's pretty common knowledge at this point to skip the first episode of the first season. Netflix even arranges them from newest to oldest, I have to believe in order to avoid what happened with you.

Check out some of the ones mentioned here and see what you think.
The pedophile episode  
bradshaw44 : 1/8/2018 11:16 am : link
Was absolutely insane. Yet I could totally see that being pulled off in real life.
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Beezer : 1/8/2018 11:20 am : link
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for the first episode of the series. Good concept, but a little too much and could have been a lot better. But I understand why they went the direction they did. Just didn't sit right.

Agree with Brett, Metalhead is okay. Just not a black mirror episode. Dogs were cool though.

White Christmas, Playtest, White Bear are my favorites in terms of twists and plot

The Entire History of You and Be Right Back are favorites in terms of cool technology and futuristic situations.



I watched one episode on a recommendation from a co-worker, Episode 1, Season 1. That was some pretty demented stuff with the pig-loving. Not sure I'm up for much more of that.



By far the worst episode in my opinion. Not the only disturbing episode but definitely the only one disturbing in that sort of way. Give it another go.


Yeah ... that was downright gross. lol

Most of the rest of the episodes are much more creative. That first episode was probably loaded up that way to get a lot of conversation started.

My son showed me parts of an episode much farther into things, so when I started at the beginning, I was a little surprised, too, but I knew there was more to the series.
RE: The pedophile episode  
Beezer : 1/8/2018 11:23 am : link
In comment 13778015 bradshaw44 said:
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Was absolutely insane. Yet I could totally see that being pulled off in real life.


Yeah, but for the kid ... wasn't he just a kid looking at porn? Maybe I missed something there ... was he looking at younger people?
RE: RE: The pedophile episode  
bradshaw44 : 1/8/2018 11:25 am : link
In comment 13778027 Beezer said:
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Was absolutely insane. Yet I could totally see that being pulled off in real life.



Yeah, but for the kid ... wasn't he just a kid looking at porn? Maybe I missed something there ... was he looking at younger people?


He was looking at kiddie porn which is why he had no’s choice but to do what they said.
FYI  
Modus Operandi : 1/8/2018 11:27 am : link
The episode "The Black Museum" was based off a short story written by Penn Gillette. Of Penn and Teller fame.

When he initially wanted to include the story in a book he and Teller were writing, the publishers nixed it because they viewed it as being too dark.
RE: FYI  
Beezer : 1/8/2018 11:29 am : link
In comment 13778035 Modus Operandi said:
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The episode "The Black Museum" was based off a short story written by Penn Gillette. Of Penn and Teller fame.

When he initially wanted to include the story in a book he and Teller were writing, the publishers nixed it because they viewed it as being too dark.


Thanks. Haven't seen that one yet. Looking forward to it.
No prob  
Modus Operandi : 1/8/2018 11:30 am : link
That one's probably my favorite of the series, followed by White Bear and USS Callister.
RE: No prob  
bradshaw44 : 1/8/2018 11:34 am : link
In comment 13778044 Modus Operandi said:
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That one's probably my favorite of the series, followed by White Bear and USS Callister.


White Bear was pretty terrifying. But wouldn’t she die of malnutrition eventually?
Finished the episode where they put the MASS  
BigBlueDownTheShore : 1/8/2018 11:58 am : link
In the soldiers heads last night. That was terrifying episode. I won’t spoil it, but our military could be scary in a few more decades.
RE: Finished the episode where they put the MASS  
Beezer : 1/8/2018 12:05 pm : link
In comment 13778100 BigBlueDownTheShore said:
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In the soldiers heads last night. That was terrifying episode. I won’t spoil it, but our military could be scary in a few more decades.


Anything akin to The Manchurian Candidate?
I just started watching it  
Rick5 : 1/8/2018 12:17 pm : link
within the last couple of weeks. I have completed the first three seasons. It's an awesome show.
I love this show  
moespree : 1/8/2018 12:27 pm : link
It is tremendous. I love The Twilight Zone and there have been many imitators over the decades that never matched up. This comes the closest. To be honest there are even things about Black Mirror I like better than The Twilight Zone. I'm glad more people are catching on to it, because I'd like to see it continue for many years. The way the show is written with the more modern twist on things means there are endless story opportunities that could stretch into many, many seasons of it.
I've only seen 4 or 5 so far  
UConn4523 : 1/8/2018 12:35 pm : link
but "The Entire History of You" was fantastic. Need to find time to watch the rest.
i'm dying for more episodes  
cjac : 1/8/2018 12:37 pm : link
my favorite is "hated in the nation" with the mechanical bees.
RE: RE: Finished the episode where they put the MASS  
BigBlueDownTheShore : 1/8/2018 12:47 pm : link
In comment 13778122 Beezer said:
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In the soldiers heads last night. That was terrifying episode. I won’t spoil it, but our military could be scary in a few more decades.



Anything akin to The Manchurian Candidate?


Not sure, its been a very long time since I have seen that movie. Here is an episode synopsis if you want to spoil it.
Men Against Fire - ( New Window )
Also for those who do not know what a "Black Mirror" is  
BigBlueDownTheShore : 1/8/2018 12:49 pm : link
its the reflection from your computer screen, when it is turned off.
Another FYI  
Modus Operandi : 1/8/2018 1:19 pm : link
Jordan Peele has recently aquired the rights to the The Twilight Zone and will be producing new episodes.
RE: Another FYI  
UConn4523 : 1/8/2018 1:21 pm : link
In comment 13778317 Modus Operandi said:
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Jordan Peele has recently aquired the rights to the The Twilight Zone and will be producing new episodes.


That would be awesome. Don't care for his show but he's clearly talented after seeing "Get Out" which is like a long episode of the Twilight Zone as it is..
I just  
Photoguy : 1/8/2018 7:33 pm : link
added it to my list, and I'll begin binging sometime soon.
Black Mirror is perhaps the most underrated , underseen tv programs  
DennyInDenville : 1/8/2018 7:38 pm : link
It's amazing stuff ..

I liked every episode even metalhead , those dogs were pretty scary but nothing like some white Christmas
Just saw USS Callister...  
giantsfaninphilly : 1/8/2018 7:53 pm : link
freakin' epic!
RE: Also for those who do not know what a  
mrvax : 1/8/2018 8:22 pm : link
In comment 13778242 BigBlueDownTheShore said:
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its the reflection from your computer screen, when it is turned off.


I was totally wrong then. Thought it was I Corinthians 13 "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: ...".
Watched Hated in the Nation last night.  
Beezer : 1/9/2018 8:53 am : link
I forgot how much I loves Kelly Macdonald in No Country for Old Men. Learned she's Scottish, making her NCFOM performance even more terrific. Did a little reading. Turns out she's one of those actors who can perfect pretty much any accent. Pretty cool.
This threat got me interesting in finding out about Black Mirror  
ATL_Giants : 1/9/2018 9:06 am : link
so I read a summary of each episode and completely ruined it for myself :^(

The plot lines are very intriguing, I'll probably pick up on new ones.
ATL  
Beezer : 1/9/2018 9:26 am : link
Maybe not ruined. It's very well done ... lots of great eye-candy, especially if you're a techie or a sci-fi fan on any level. Also, plenty of mind-fucks. lol I don't think a written summary would do it justice.
RE: ATL  
Giants in 07 : 1/9/2018 9:56 am : link
In comment 13779774 Beezer said:
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Maybe not ruined. It's very well done ... lots of great eye-candy, especially if you're a techie or a sci-fi fan on any level. Also, plenty of mind-fucks. lol I don't think a written summary would do it justice.


Agree 100%
RE: Just saw USS Callister...  
cjac : 1/9/2018 9:59 am : link
In comment 13778961 giantsfaninphilly said:
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freakin' epic!


"Stealing my pussy is a red fucking line!"
Gave it a shot and watched  
ATL_Giants : 1/10/2018 10:36 am : link
"The Entire History of You" last night.

Good writing. Flip-flopped my feelings for the characters by the end. Very well done, with a relatively small budget and sci-fi environment.

I'll probably watch more. But the English accents were too hard for my gf to follow (not a native English speaker).
RE: RE: Just saw USS Callister...  
Beezer : 1/10/2018 11:27 am : link
In comment 13779838 cjac said:
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freakin' epic!



"Stealing my pussy is a red fucking line!"


Of all the awesome/crazy things about this episode, one of them is when you realize that the length of it is the same as a shorter feature film.
RE: Gave it a shot and watched  
Beezer : 1/10/2018 11:28 am : link
In comment 13781343 ATL_Giants said:
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"The Entire History of You" last night.

Good writing. Flip-flopped my feelings for the characters by the end. Very well done, with a relatively small budget and sci-fi environment.

I'll probably watch more. But the English accents were too hard for my gf to follow (not a native English speaker).


No accents in USS Callister. Or White Christmas. Two of my favorites so far.
Just watched Entire History of You  
Modus Operandi : 1/10/2018 11:54 am : link
I don't know how I missed it the first time. Excellent episode. Incredibly intense.

I also liked one of the newer episodes a lot, about the speed dating. Dunk the DJ, or something like that.
Hang the DJ.  
Beezer : 1/10/2018 12:18 pm : link
Haven't seen it yet, but wondered if it was a Smiths reference.
this season was weaker than the previous  
Banks : 1/10/2018 12:19 pm : link
but still good. I actually like the series first episode quite a bit. It's what got me hooked. I thought it was good commentary on how things go viral and the power of social media. It was disturbing as hell though so I can see why others don't care for it.
RE: Hang the DJ.  
Modus Operandi : 1/10/2018 1:27 pm : link
In comment 13781522 Beezer said:
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Haven't seen it yet, but wondered if it was a Smiths reference.


It's a lighter episode than the others, but still well done.
Just watched Shut Up and Dance  
B in ALB : 1/11/2018 5:06 pm : link
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