Considering how much "Black Mirror's" reputation has traded on deep cynicism and nihilistic punchline endings, it's been something of a surprise to discover over the course of the last two Netflix seasons that the show also excels at melancholy romanticism. "Hang the DJ" is Match.com filtered through "The Prisoner," a clever exploration of internet dating culture that owes a great debt to its leads' chemistry.
It takes a sci-fi thriller tv series to makes me believe in love again. I always wanted to have a certainty in terms of my romantic relationship but after watching this episode, it makes me see the bright and fun side of the uncertainty that love can bring. Definitely my favorite from the 4th season.
The ending sabotages it, raising too many questions about consent + awareness. This really the best means for this end? It has now dipped into the well of violated simulations too many times, if it hadn't already. Most insidious in the way it plays the audience with broad romance, vague anti-system rhetoric, solipsistic satisfactions.