Black Mirror Season 6, All Episodes, has been released on June 15, 2023. The show’s dystopian and frightening themes have made it a fan favorite since it debuted in 2011. Despite this, “Black Mirror” creator and writer Charlie Brooker stated that this season would “stretch the parameters” of the show.
He told Netflix, “Partly as a challenge and partly to keep things fresh for both me and the viewer, I began this season by deliberately upending some of my own core assumptions about what to expect.”
“The stories are all still tonally ‘Black Mirror’ through-and-through — but with some crazy swings and more variety than ever before.” The Black Mirror Season 6 Episodes from The Best of the Best are listed below:
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5. Episode 4: “Mazey Day”
Welcome to the early 2000s, when the tabloids were fiercely competitive, people’s desire for unkempt young ladies was at its height, and the unholy union of smartphones and social video had not yet democratized celebrity surveillance.
Our main character, Bo (Atlanta star Zazie Beetz), is a paparazzi photographer who becomes remorseful after she captures a C-list actor having an affair with a man.
The actor subsequently commits suicide due to the publicity the photos cause. She allows a fellow pap (Top Gun: Maverick’s Danny Ramirez), who is also determined to leave this predatory line of work, to persuade her to pursue one more enormous payout.
The first image of actress Mazey Day (The Rising lead Clara Rugaard), who has been missing since a vehicle accident, will get $30k, or $40k if she appears to be high.
“Mazey Day” is set in the past, just like most episodes in season 6. Unless you consider the telescopic lenses that Bo and her coworkers choose, it has no connection to technology. The Hollywood of the recent past serves as its preferred dystopia.
However, Brooker’s critique on such exploitation feels like too little, too late in light of all the recent reconsiderations of ill-treated personalities from the time (e.g., Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, and Brittany Murphy), not to mention the broad Y2K nostalgia currently plaguing our culture.
Because of this, almost every story twist is foreshadowed. The significant one that isn’t—you’ll recognize it when you see it—is too arbitrary to have much effect. The realm of Black Mirror has always included the dilution of apparent points. It doesn’t have that issue because “Mazey Day” is ultimately somewhat meaningless.
4. Episode 2: “Loch Henry”
On their way to film a nature documentary, Davis (Samuel Blenkin from The Witcher: Blood Origin) and Pia (Industry star Myha’la Herrold) stop by his mother’s house in modern-day Scotland.
“This is going to be a story about one of the last remaining holdouts against the commodification of nature,” declares Davis. Naturally, given that this is Black Mirror, you know he’s about to destroy his charming ideals.
The harm starts when Pia discovers that a string of gruesome killings occurred in Loch Henry in the late ’90s and wonders why his lovely birthplace isn’t a popular tourist destination.
In actuality, Davis’ late father, a police officer, suffered injuries while trying to catch the murderer. For Pia, they have little choice but to scrap the nature documentary and produce the kind of high-end true-crime series that Streamberry, the show’s Netflix equivalent, is sure to be interested in.
The satirical film “Loch Henry” focuses on the exploitative equivalent of today’s media-driven cruelty, just as “Mazey Day” looks back at the specific kind of media-driven cruelty that permeated popular culture a generation ago.
Additionally, Brooker’s critique of true crime—a genre that has been repeatedly mocked and problematized—seems almost as pointless, if not nearly as tardy, as his critique of paparazzi.
Herrold’s passionate performance and a few sincere observations about the artistic aspects of streaming-era crime documentaries help to salvage the program partially. The glib conclusion, though, ruins everything you could have liked.
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3. Episode 1: “Joan Is Awful”
Annie Murphy stars in the Season 6 premiere as another stressed-out 30-something woman living in a TV show, fresh off the AMC meta-comedy Kevin Can F**k Himself. The show, Joan Is Awful has the same name as the episode, and Joan and her fiancé (Avi Nash from The Walking Dead) discovered it when browsing for something to watch on Streamberry.
The pair is surprised to find a loosely dramatized recreation of Joan’s less-than-ideal day, with Salma Hayek as Joan. The episode “Joan” is as Black Mirror as it gets this season, plunging Joan into a rabbit hole of limitless tailored material and touching on several other hot topics in modern tech ethics.
You would expect some chillingly shrewd insights in light of this, but if you do, you’ll be let down. With a fantastic cast that also includes Michael Cera, Rob Delaney, and Himesh Patel, there is plenty of really near-future surrealist entertainment in the style of Being John Malkovich here.
If you’re interested in the streaming wars, it’s also thrilling to see Brooker criticize the individuals who write his checks; I gasped when I saw a Streamberry executive who strikingly resembled Netflix CCO Bela Bajaria.
2. Episode 5: “Demon 79”
An episode that may be the most apparent outlier in a season full of them is heralded by a typographically dense opening credit sequence and gritty, desaturated images straight out of ’70s video nasties.
This “Red Mirror Film” is set in 1979 and centers on a lonely young shoe saleswoman named Nida (played by We Are Lady Parts actress Anjana Vasan), whose loneliness is made worse by the development of racism and anti-immigrant sentiment in her Northern English town.
Paapa Essiedu, who has previously appeared in I May Destroy You and The Lazarus Project, plays a fledgling demon that helps Nida through the human sacrifices she must carry out to avert the end of the world when she accidentally activates a talisman while being sent to the store basement to eat her biryani.
There is no relationship to technology, the future, or even mass media, this show’s other enduring fascination. This is occult horror, and “Demon 79” would undoubtedly be my favorite episode of the season if it weren’t for that categorization error.
The screenplay Brooker and Bisha K. Ali of Ms. Marvel co-wrote equally humorous, spooky, and intelligent. There is startling blood, moral outrage, and a sequence incorporating Boney M.’s strange Eurodisco classic “Rasputin.” Vasan and Essiedu get along incredibly well. This is the only episode whose conclusion I truly loved—simply not Black Mirror.
1. Episode 3: “Beyond the Sea”
If you’re looking for a heartwarming episode in the vein of Black Mirror favorites like “Be Right Back” and “The Entire History of You,” go no further. Anyone who watched last year’s Oscar-season scandal magnet will initially find Brooker’s 80-minute opus extremely familiar.
Do not worry, my love. Thankfully, the plot’s underlying premise is somewhat different: two astronauts (Aaron Paul and Josh Hartnett) in a different version of 1969 spend all of their free time in their shared spaceship connected to devices that transform each man’s consciousness into a robot that looks and sounds just like him on Earth.
They can virtually be in two places at once thanks to these so-called duplicates, sleeping in space and spending crucial time with their family on Earth. After then, Kate Mara’s Cliff speaks with his wife about how he can ensure that David can finish their delicate task before Hartnett’s David experiences a terrible calamity.