Black Mirror: San Junipero Explained

Usually when we talk about Black Mirror, we’re discussing some futuristic technology that plunges characters into horrific situations. But today on the podcast, we’re talking about the happiest of all Black Mirror episodes, “San Junipero.”

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Synopsis: When Yorkie and Kelly visit San Junipero, a fun-loving beach town full of surf, sun and sex, their lives are changed.

Well, this is hardly an accurate synopsis, but there are so many layers that need to be unraveled that a synopsis is pretty hard to write without giving things away. (Spoilers ahead.)

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Kelly and Yorkie - scene from Black Mirror San Junipero

San Junipero is regarded as a positive, healthy, biracial love story. Kelly and Yorkie meet in the beach town of San Junipero and we slowly get clues that all is not what is seems.

They become close, but then Kelly ghosts Yorkie. Yorkie spends some time tracking down Kelly and soon we discover that San Junipero is actually a virtual reality where a person’s consciousness can visit when they are old or dying, and then live permanently after death if they choose.

The two women learn about each other’s “real lives” and make big decisions about death and love.

San Junipero is an Emmy-winning Black Mirror episode, winning “Outstanding Television Movie” and “Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special” for Charlie Brooker.

A Look in the Mirror

How far off is this technology? Did you know there is a company called Nectome that suggests they’re able to upload your consciousness to a computer, just like on Black Mirror? However, the procedure is fatal. Hmm…

Listen to the podcast to hear Shannon and Fadra get into a deep discussion about life after death.

Our Reflection

We’re rating every episode to help you decide which are must-sees, good to watch, or could be skipped.

Shannon: Good to watch
Fadra: Good to watch

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