Black Mirror S3 Ep 4 "San Junipero"

Black Mirror Synopsis

Black Mirror is an anthology series that taps into our collective unease with the modern world, with each stand-alone episode a sharp, suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia. Without questioning it, technology has transformed all aspects of our lives; in every home; on every desk; in every palm - a plasma screen; a monitor; a Smartphone – a Black Mirror reflecting our 21st Century existence back at us. The series is created and written by Charlie Brooker, and executive produced by Brooker and Annabel Jones.

Black Mirror's third series comes to Netflix. Touted by Stephen King as “terrifying, funny, intelligent” and “like The Twilight Zone,” each stand-alone episode blends themes of technology, anxiety and human relationships, leading to an unforgettable – and sometimes unsettling – conclusion.

All six episodes of Black Mirror’s third season are available to Netflix members worldwide from Friday 21 October 2016​.

Lesbians on TV

The main reason for recommending and covering Black Mirror is episode 4, and this is because Brooker has seemingly managed to be one of a few mainstream writers and creaters to write a lesbian-themed episode that has a happy ending! Bravo for that & thank you!

Episode 4, "San Junipero" features two lesbians which he shows as normal, happy women. He manages to follow the theme of most television shows with lesbian characters, but with a happy ending... I'm being slightly cryptic because I don't want to give too much away but you really need to see it! If you love the 80s, if you love watching lesbians on television then you should check this out.


“San Junipero” ​

Synopsis:

California, 1987: San Junipero is a fun-loving beach town synonymous with sun, surf, and sex. And for recent arrivals Yorkie (Mackenzie Davis) and Kelly (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), it’s going to be a life-changer …
 
While many Black Mirror stories take place in the near future, “San Junipero” is largely set in the candy-colored 1980s. Directed by Owen Harris​, it stars Mackenzie Davis (Halt and Catch Fire) as Yorkie, an awkward introvert whose life changes after meeting exuberant and outgoing Kelly, played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw​ (Concussion, Free State of Jones).
 
“‘San Junipero’ is our most romantic episode to date,” Brooker says.
“It came about because I was wondering, ‘Could we ever do a ‘vintage’ episode of Black Mirror? Could we ever do one that’s not set in the present day?’ It’s very much influenced by ‘80s cinema and ‘80s pop culture.”
The episode marks Harris’ second time directing the series; he helmed the emotional Season 2 episode “Be Right Back.” Viewers will be struck by the retro soundtrack and inspired details; Brooker says he couldn’t help but obsess over which vintage arcade games appear in some scenes.
 
As for the cast, Brooker said Davis and Mbatha-Raw made instant impressions.
“Sometimes, you’ll see someone’s audition or you’ll meet someone, and immediately you just know it’s them,” he says. That was very much the case with Gugu and Mackenzie. … Straight away, they made the material sound better than it probably was. Which is the most you can ever wish for, as the writer.”
 
“We needed a very vibrant character at the heart of it who could imbue that sort of 1980s spirit of the fun and the excitement of that era,”