Everyone has someone they are a fan of- an actor, a singer, a dancer, a figure that they look up to, someone that they greatly admire. What fans see is glamour and fame and beauty and riches. It feels like these successful people have all the world at their feet and there is absolutely nothing they could ever want for. The reality, however, isn’t such a fairy-tale. In its third episode of the fifth season, ‘Black Mirror’ serves a meal that gives you a taste of all the bad and worse that can happen to people. With great performances from the cast, it gives a funny yet dark tale of the world that otherwise seems colourful and bright. If you haven’t yet seen ‘Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too’, then you should head over to Netflix. See you later.
Summary of the Plot
Ashley O (Miley Cyrus) is a worldwide pop sensation. She is known for her talent to write songs that she gets in her dreams. Her songs are all about empowering and uplifting her listeners and making them feel good. Rachel (Angourie Rice) is a teenager who is a loner. She has recently moved to town with her father and her sister, Jack (Madison Davenport). Her mother had died some time ago, and since then, the sisters have been a bit distant. Jack immersed herself in the music that her mother liked to listen, growing cold and distant from her sister, though not totally uncaring of her. Rachel found solace in the songs of Ashley O. She loves and admires her, something that can be deduced from her walls that are lined with Ashley’s posters.
In one of her interviews, Ashley introduces the world to a new kind of a robot or an AI doll, that is modelled according to her own personality. They call it Ashley Too. The fans can buy it and get a chance to be best friends with Ashley. Obviously, Rachel gets it, by urging her father to gift it on her birthday. She becomes too indulged with the doll and Jack begins to wonder what effect this tech is having on her sister. Rachel spends all of her days with Ashley Too; she shares her troubles, her concerns, her happiness and even a little bit of her ambitions with it. She starts acknowledging the machine as her best friend, her only friend in fact and starts paying serious heed to its advice. When her dance performance doesn’t end well, she cries because she feels like she has failed the robot.
For Jack, this is the last straw. She decides to get her sister away from it. She hides the robot and tells Rachel that she threw it away. And then comes the news of Ashely O falling critically sick and being admitted into the hospital. Knowing how much Rachel likes the singer, she decides to give back the robot to her. But, by now, Rachel has lost her interest and she keeps the doll in sleep mode. Six months later, the doll wakes up after a mistaken command.