Review: Black Mirror – ‘Shut Up and Dance’

0 251


Humanity Hallows Issue 4 Out Now!
Pick up your copy on campus or read online.

Remember the kind of nice ending to episode one? Yeah, forget that.

By Daniel J Broadley

The third installment of the new series of Black Mirror, ‘Shut Up and Dance’, is much more sinister than the last two. Teenage lad Kenny downloads a malware removal software to his laptop, only it’s not a removal software. An unseen hacker gains access to his laptop and records him masturbating via the webcam.

Kenny must then follow the orders of the hacker or the footage of him will be released. He complies and meets other people under the hacker’s thumb along the way. One of the people he meets is called Hector (the hacker’s got him cheating on his wife to meet prostitute ‘Mindy’), played by Jerome Flynn – better known as everyone’s favourite northerner from Game of Thrones, Bronn. Somehow, they end up robbing a bank together.

This episode sees Brooker take the concept of the internet troll to the extreme. It appears that glimmer of optimism from Episode One, as Lacie screamed, “FUCK YOU” to a stranger in prison in some weird form of breaking free, is gone.

Black Mirror is back and it’s darker than ever. Don’t buy VR games, and cover your webcams…

About the author / 

Daniel Broadley

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More News Stories:

  • Opinion: “Our real legacy at university is the friends we make along the way”

    We all prioritise different things in life: our relationships, academic achievement, and financial success. While these can be great catalysts for short and long-term goals, making us resilient,  fixating on these goals can become overwhelming, even detrimental. Focusing on what we feel we have to achieve can make it easy to lose sight of the present. This also applies to university life.

  • Reading and Leeds Festival 2024: The best bands to see this year

    Featured image: Georgina Hurdsfield Overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of choice on offer at this year’s Reading and Leeds Festival? Don’t worry, we’ve got you. We’ve trawled the lineups to bring you a cluster of acts to watch on the August bank holiday weekend. From jungle to riotous punk, there’s a bounty of brilliant bands…

  • Film Review: The Idea of You – A sappy feel-good rom-com

    Featured image: PA Media In this sappy, heart-warming rom-com, two lovers meet at Coachella as Solène (Anne Hathaway) takes her daughter to a meet and greet at the Californian music festival. Known for her iconic roles in The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and The Princess Diaries (2001), Hathaway plays the role of a 40-year-old divorcee…

  • Travel: Tips for multi-country trips abroad while keeping your bank account happy

    Featured image: Georgia Pearson The summer break from university is approaching and conversations about travel plans can be heard across campus. But with the cost of living at a high, students and young people are looking for cheaper ways to travel this summer. Travelling to multiple countries during one trip can be a budget-friendly way…