White Christmas – Black Mirror Recap and Discussion

Continuing with our “crime and punishment” theme, today we are discussing S2E4 of Black Mirror – White Christmas.

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We answer all your burning questions: Could a person’s entire consciousness be stored in an Alexa-type device? Does the blocking technology encourage sociopathic disregard? Was Matt a peeping Tom? And was Beth afraid of Joe, or was she just a basic bitch?

Synopsis: Joe (played by Rafe Spall) wakes up on Christmas Day and finds Matt (Jon Hamm) preparing Christmas dinner. Matt tries to get Joe to talk about why he accepted his job at the remote outpost where they both work. Joe is reluctant to talk and instead asks why Matt took the job. Happy with the conversation, Matt begins his own story. Eventually, Joe opens up about his past and the tales of these two men come together in a shocking conclusion. (Spoilers ahead!)

Man sitting at desk.

A Look in the Mirror

This is the segment where we ask, “How far off is this technology?” While we do have the ability to “block” people on social media, we think it’s a pretty big stretch to be able to tap into everyone’s optic nerves and block people in real life.

How about creating a “cookie” that acts as a thinking, feeling, duplicate of you? Cloning is real, but we have to think that the ability to copy a person’s consciousness into a computer program is pretty far off.

Our Reflection

Since Black Mirror is an anthology, we’re rating every episode to help you decide which are must-sees, good to watch, or could be skipped.

Shannon: Must-see
Fadra: Must-see

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