Black Mirror Shut Up and Dance Review

This week on Black Mirror Friday, Shannon and Fadra are discussing Black Mirror Shut Up and Dance, episode three of Season 3. 

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Scene from Black Mirror's Shut Up and Dance

The episode tells the story of Kenny, a teenage boy who is blackmailed by a mysterious hacker who tapped into his laptop webcam and recorded him masturbating – apparently to photos of little girls.

The blackmailer forces Kenny into committing increasingly terrible and criminal acts. Eventually, Kenny is joined by Hector, a middle-aged man whom the same hacker is blackmailing over infidelity.

As with many Black Mirror episodes, you’ll enjoy seeing actors you know from other hit shows. Kenny is played by Alex Lawther, who you might know as James from The End of the F***ing World. And Hector is none other than Jerome Flynn, aka Bronn from Game of Thrones.

A Look in the Mirror

In this segment we typically look at the technology and how far we might be from seeing it in reality. But there’s not really much technology in this episode. This could happen to anyone right now. The best conversation comes from deciding what you would do in that situation.

Internet trolls are everywhere and they hack for basically two reasons: money or morality. Shannon and Fadra discuss the exploitation of shame, the motivations of the hackers, and whether these trolls were vigilantes or torturers.

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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