Black Mirror “Playtest” Review (Season 3: Episode 2)

Black Mirror “Playtest” Review (Season 3: Episode 2)

Mauren Lee, Specific Critic

Black Mirror is a show with individual plots in each episode. Each episode has its own drama and suspense, and most episodes make you wonder what our future could be like. In this episode of Black Mirror, Cooper runs away from home and starts to travel the world. On his final leg of the trip, his card gets declined as he’s trying to buy a ticket home. This leads him to search for quick, easy jobs in the area to make enough money to purchase a ticket home. After looking on an app that shows jobs available around him, he ends up at a game company called Saito Gamer. Katie (the game designers personal assistant) asks Cooper to test a new gaming software that emerges the player into the game, like a more intense version of virtual reality games now. Coopers demo of the game goes great, then Katie asks him to beta test the full experience of the game for more money; Cooper says yes and proceeds to test the full experience of the game.

            This episode of Black Mirror is by far one of my favorite episodes. It really makes anyone who watches it question what the future of technology will be. The hardest part of watching this episode of Black Mirror is picking up on small details that mean a lot at the end. The ending of this episode is complicated, it doesn’t make much sense the first time you watch it, and it honestly just blows my mind. I would recommend this episode to anyone who enjoys video games or is interested in virtual reality. I wouldn’t recommend this episode to anyone who is easily frightened or who doesn’t enjoy twisted endings. This episode is really good, I would give it 5 out of 5 stars.