fbpx
Telegram

10 Best Black Mirror Episodes, Ranked – TheFantasyTimes

Photo of author

By Nikita Gambhir

10 Best Black Mirror Episodes, Ranked



Black Mirror is a show that stands out by ticking off multiple boxes. Primarily, it is a dark sci-fi anthology series that delves into the twisted aspects of society. However, it is difficult to summarize the essence of the show in one idea. It encompasses horror, comedy, and drama to the utmost degree.

The show consistently strives to push the boundaries of storytelling and what is possible. While not every episode hits the mark, some surpass even the highest expectations of fans. Here, we present a compilation of the best episodes and features that Black Mirror has released thus far.

10. Arkangel: This episode taps into one of the greatest fears a person can have – harm coming to their children. Arkangel explores this fear by presenting a technology that allows parents to tap into their child’s brain and monitor their experiences. It even enables the censorship of what the child sees and hears. This cautionary tale serves as a reminder of the potential dangers of technology when used for the wrong reasons.

9. Playtest: Playtest takes the concept of virtual reality (VR) and turns it on its head, much like classic sci-fi video games. The story revolves around a man who tests a new VR game that blurs the line between reality and the game itself. As the player questions what is real and what is part of the game, even the audience is left uncertain at times. With its horror elements, this episode may just be one of the scariest Black Mirror has produced. Avid gamers should prepare to watch with the lights on.

8. Joan Is Awful: Netflix has done an exceptional job of embracing Black Mirror as a quirky and self-aware show that tackles serious issues in a tongue-in-cheek manner. “Joan is Awful” exemplifies this approach in a peculiar way. The episode follows the life of Joan, which becomes chronicled on an actual streaming service. As everyone begins watching this dramatized version of her day, her life takes a dramatic turn. While the premise is compelling on its own, the twist in this episode takes it to another level.

7. Striking Vipers: Black Mirror has a knack for making its audience squirm and feel uncomfortable, and this episode is no exception. Two friends engage in a sexual relationship through a fighting video game, using male and female avatars within a virtual reality world. The lines between virtual and real life blur, leading them to question their own sexuality. This episode not only explores the concept of a real virtual reality game but also challenges notions of masculinity and romance.

6. White Christmas: White Christmas is a special episode that encompasses three stories within a narrative framework, much like an anthology. These interconnected stories delve into the dark side of technology and human nature, combining elements from previous Black Mirror episodes. Due to the abundance of content, this episode runs longer than most, standing out as a unique installment, similar to Bandersnatch.

5. Nosedive: Social media’s influence on society is undeniable, with both profound and negative effects on the human condition. Nosedive takes this concept to the extreme by portraying social media as a form of currency and social structure. In this fictional world, people must perform well on social media to lead fulfilling lives. The consequences of this obsession with validation and superficiality lead the main character to snap dramatically. This episode’s complete departure from reality allows it to effectively convey its story.

4. USS Callister: Black Mirror is known for its ability to function as both horror and parody while being wrapped in a sci-fi package. USS Callister centers around a nerdy computer geek who is bullied at work. Instead of dealing with his emotions in the real world, he creates digital clones of his colleagues and torments them within a computer simulation reminiscent of Star Trek. While the premise may seem bizarre, the episode unfolds masterfully and even offers a rare happy ending, as the avatars escape into an MMORPG.

3. History Of You: This episode fits seamlessly into the Black Mirror universe, presenting technology that is simultaneously far-fetched and plausible. It introduces a world where an individual’s life is recorded and can be played back at any time. From the start, the audience questions the benefits of such technology for humanity. As the story unfolds, it reveals the twisted ways in which something revolutionary can be used to ruin lives. Although the technology may be distant in reality, the episode’s unsettling nature remains.

x

2. Bandersnatch: More than just an episode, Bandersnatch is an interactive experience, allowing viewers to dictate the story’s course. While choose-your-own-adventure stories are not new, Bandersnatch adds a twist by making the characters aware of their powerlessness to make decisions. This meta-commentary on fate delivers a truly Black Mirror experience.

1. San Junipero: Most Black Mirror episodes end on a somber note, but San Junipero breaks this pattern with one of the happiest endings in the series. It tells a wild science fiction tale about creating an afterlife through technology. The episode’s brilliance lies not only in its plot and characters but also in the way it gradually reveals its setting. As characters seemingly travel back and forth through time, the audience must decipher what is truly happening. This unconventional storytelling, paired with a profound love story, exemplifies the greatness of the series.

In conclusion, Black Mirror continues to captivate audiences with its thought-provoking and unsettling narratives. Its ability to explore various genres while pushing the boundaries of storytelling sets it apart. Whether it’s the cautionary tales of technology’s reach or the examination of societal issues, Black Mirror remains a captivating and unique series.

Next: Discover the Darkest Manga Series.

It’s rare for a show to check as many boxes as Black Mirror. For the most part, it’s a dark sci-fi anthology series that usually highlights the most twisted corners of society. However, it’s very hard to break the show down to one idea. It encapsulates horror, comedy, and drama to the highest degree.


Related: Best Classic Horror Movies

The show is constantly looking for ways to push the boundary of what’s possible through storytelling. Not every episode hits the mark, but some do exceed the highest of fans’ expectations. Here’s a list of some of the best episodes and features Black Mirror has released thus far.





10 Arkangel

girl gets implant in black mirror: arkangel

One of the biggest fears a person can have is something bad happening to their children. Arkangel harnesses this fear to tell a quintessential Black Mirror story. A technology emerges for a parent to literally tap into their kid’s brain and see what they see. It can even censor what they see or hear. It’s a cautionary tale about the extended reach of technology and using it for the wrong reasons. And like a typical Black Mirror tale, it ends on a terrible note.

9 Playtest

gamer gets ready in black mirror: playtest

Similar to classic sci-fi video games, Playtest takes the concept of VR and spins it on its head. The story is about a man testing a new VR game that’s all too real. And, of course, the player starts to question what’s real and what’s part of the game. Even the audience isn’t sure at times. And considering he’s playing a horror game, it may also be one of the scariest episodes Black Mirror has put out. Avid gamers would be wise to watch with the lights on.

8 Joan Is Awful

annie murphy cover photo for black mirror: joan is awful

Netflix has done an amazing job of embracing Black Mirror as a quirky and meta show that tackles tough issues in a tongue-in-cheek way. Perhaps no episode embraces this more than “Joan is Awful.”

Related: Fan Develops Pokemon Horror Game In 6 Days Using AI

In a very weird way, the episode follows a woman named Joan whose life becomes chronicled on an actual streaming service. The woman’s life turns upside down as everyone begins watching this dramatization of her day. That premise is compelling by itself, but the episode’s twist takes it even further.

7 Striking Vipers

gamer is locked in in black mirror: striking vipers

One of the great things about Black Mirror is that it’s not afraid to make its audience squirm and feel uncomfortable. This episode accomplishes this by having two friends engage in a sexual relationship through a fighting video game. Both friends, who are male, take up male and female avatars within his virtual reality world and then somehow end up questioning their own sexuality in reality.

The concept of a real virtual reality video game is remarkable, but the fact that Black Mirror takes this concept and uses it to poke at notions of masculinity and romance is what makes it special.

6 White Christmas

john hamm in black mirror: white christmas

White Christmas is a special Black Mirror episode that is actually three episodes in one. It’s kind of an anthology episode that allows three stories to unfold within a narrative framework. Each story interconnects with the others to tell an overarching tale in an impressive bit of writing. Many elements of previous Black Mirror episodes are combined, such as the scary use of technology and human nature. Because of the amount of content that’s loaded in the episode, it runs a bit longer than most. So, like Bandersnatch, White Christmas stands out on its own as a unique installment.

5 Nosedive

bryce dallas howard in black mirror: nosedive

Social media plays a huge role in society. It’s often cited to have profound and negative effects on the human condition. This episode takes that concept to an extreme as it uses social media as a form of currency and social structure. People need to perform well on social media in order to live their lives.

Related: Games To Play If You Like Five Nights At Freddy’s

The result is a world of vanity and fakeness. It becomes so crazy that the main character eventually snaps in a dramatic fashion. Unlike most episodes, Nosedive forms a completely fictional world to tell its story, which is probably why it works so well.

4 USS Callister

crew on a planet in black mirror: uss callister

Black Mirror is weird in that it can both function as a horror and parody at the same time while still being wrapped in science fiction. This episode focuses on a rather nerdy computer geek that is bullied at his job. He develops a lot of angst and anger, but rather than deal with these emotions in the real world, he creates digital clones of the people he knows and tortures them within a computer simulation akin to Star Trek. It’s a very bizarre premise, but the episode plays out masterfully and even has a happy ending of sorts as the avatars escape into an MMORPG, a rarity within the world of Black Mirror.

3 History Of You

man views his life in black mirror: history of you

History of You fits so well as a Black Mirror episode because its technology is both far-fetched and plausible at the same time. The idea is that an individual’s life is recorded and can be played back at any time. From the very beginning, the episode allows the audience to question whether or not such technology is beneficial to humanity.

Then, the story unfolds to show how something so revolutionary can be used in such a twisted way to ruin people’s lives. The technology might be far off in reality, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible, which makes the episode all the more creepy.

2 Bandersnatch

choice menu in black mirror: bandersnatch

Bandersnatch isn’t so much an episode as it is a Black Mirror movie. But it’s even more than that — it’s an interactive experience that allows the viewer the chance to dictate how the story plays out. These choose “your own adventure” type stories are nothing new.

Related: Best Horror Games

What makes Bandersnatch special is that it gives the format of Black Mirror a twist by having the characters be aware of how powerless they are to make their own decisions. This story is a trippy meta-commentary on the fate that is a truly Black Mirror experience.

1 San Junipero

the 80's era in black mirror: san junipero

Most Black Mirror episodes end on a sad note. It’s kind of the show’s trademark; however, there are a few exceptions. San Junipero actually has one of the happiest endings in the entire series, and it does so by being an absolutely wild science fiction story about creating an afterlife through technology.

The great part about the episode is not just its plot and characters but also the framework for how its ideas are executed. The episode’s setting isn’t immediately revealed to the audience at the beginning. Instead, the audience has to decipher for themselves exactly what’s going on as the characters seemingly travel back and forth through time. This wild format, coupled with a profound love story, proves why the series is so great.

Next: Darkest Manga Series

Join us on Telegram

Best Fantasy NEWS Website

The Fantasy Times is the top fantasy news platform for staying up-to-date with the fantasy world. We have a team of knowledgeable sports, movies, tv series, web series researchers and authors who give you free updates on your fantasy topic and news. Our team is extremely talented and has extensive knowledge of websites that offer fantasy movies, entertainment news, lifestyle, celebrities, sports strategies, news, insights, analysis and much more.

The consistent good feedback from our customers proves that we are the top fantasy news website for providing fantasy news, live cricket tracking, updates, stats, feedback and much more. Before every match, our qualified professionals conduct challenging analysis only for you. Along with the ideal players and their respective teams, you can also find player after-match insights and strategies here.

We can tell you that you are in the proper location right now if you have been searching everywhere for the Best Entertainment and Lifestyle News website. You may check out all the updates by joining our Best Entertainment News Updates Telegram Channel.

We use cookies in order to give you the best possible experience on our website. By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies.
Accept