How long can you go without touching your phone? How often do you use your social media accounts to send an update? When was the last time you took a break from technology? Have you accepted the fact that you are an addict? Are you ready for therapy?
In the second episode of its fifth season, ‘Black Mirror’ goes back to the storytelling where it doesn’t rely on some futuristic tech to bring some ominous future and a hard-hitting message for its viewers. It uses the present-day scenario, with the life that we currently live, closely mirrored in to reveal a dark reality that today’s Internet-addict generation needs to pay attention to. If you haven’t seen the episode, head to over to Netflix. You are also in for a treat if you love Jim Moriarty from ‘Sherlock’. Andrew Scott gives another terrific performance; the best moments of this season come from him. You don’t want to miss his rant.
Summary of the Plot
We first meet Christopher (Andrew Scott) sitting in his car listening to a meditative voice, trying to calm his mind. In one of the moments that his mind wanders, he thinks about a car crash. We are provided with the thing that drives this character. His meditation is interrupted by a message that he receives, a request for a pickup. Chris is a Hitcher driver (Uber of ‘Black Mirror’). The first question he asks her is if she works at Smithereen. When she says no, we can see the disappointment in his eyes.
The next couple of scenes give us an insight into his psychology. He is clearly unnerved by the extent of everyone’s indulgence with their phones. No one looks up, no one talks to each other. They like, share, comment and move on to other things. Chris is also a part of the group therapy where people dealing with a loss in their life come to share their burden. Now we know that he lost someone in that car crash. There he meets a woman who has lost her daughter and is obsessed with finding out the reason behind why she committed suicide.