The episode required a lot of build-up until the frightening part began, but then the scares just started rolling in and things got pretty intense. I really liked the final twist, the analogy with Alzheimer's decease and, if the leading man was a touch more relatable, we would feel more sorry for him in the end. But overall a solid episode... I like when "Black Mirror" plunges into suspense/horror territory.
2.4 stars. For all of its conceptual trapping its bag of tricks is straight out of the Blumhouse stable. Half-a-dozen pull-back and reveals in a row do not a good twist make. A real missed opportunity when one considers the potential of making a meta-fictional horror film around some of the best survival horror games of the '90s - I would have loved to have seen elements of 'Rule of Rose' in this, for instance.
I think all of us knew - PLAYTEST is a social commentary of Virtual Reality (VR) technology. I must admit, PLAYTEST did a pretty good job. At first, I thought this episode is a sci-fi stuff. Then, I was quite surprised when PLAYTEST turned into a horror. This episode has an interesting concept. About how VR can affect human life and make them confused - can't choose which is real and which is fantasy. Worth watching.
When a single actor performance threatens to ruin the whole thing halfway (but should I blame Wyatt Russell or Dan Trachtenberg? as a rule, the director is the usual suspect). But the Alzheimer twist is brilliant.