100-Word Review: “Black Mirror – The National Anthem”

A punchline, really. Terrorists kidnap the fictional Princess Susannah (the “Facebook Princess”) and vow to execute her unless the Prime Minister fucks a pig on television. But the opener of Black Mirror – Charlie Brooker’s three-part commentary on technology – was assured without the punch. Analysis of a story everyone’s talking about but nobody can talk about, through the eyes of press, politics, and public. Briskly paced, sardonic and terrifically realised, “The National Anthem” gets everything right until it puts plot ahead of people, and characterisation suffers. To comment on humanity, Charlie, they have to be real humans. So close.


About alfla

Playwright, screenwriter, sometime improv enthusiast and full-time television lover. You know, in THAT way.
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