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Black Mirror Season 3 Episodes Ranked

Just finished Black Mirror Season 3 and I've decided to rank the episodes based on my personal preference. To the unititiated here's the wikipedia definition:

Black Mirror is a British television drama series created by Charlie Brooker. The series is produced by Zeppotron for Endemol. Regarding the programme's content and structure, Brooker noted, "each episode has a different cast, a different setting, even a different reality. But they're all about the way we live now – and the way we might be living in 10 minutes' time if we're clumsy."

If I had to give an analogy it's basically Ghost In The Shell meets The Twilight Zone meets Serial Experiments Lain, set in the not too distant future. Black Mirror explores themes and issues attributed to recent advances in social media and computers/networking in general.

Obligatory spoiler warning, I strongly recommended watching season 3 first before reading this. All the episodes are great and worth watching. Without further ado, my list:

6 Men Against Fire

Episode NumberTitleDirected byWritten by
s03e05Men Against FireJakob VerbruggenCharlie Brooker

A military story set in a post-war future, the episode sees a rookie soldier posted overseas, protecting frightened villagers from an infestation of vicious feral mutants alongside fellow soldier Raiman. They're hoping some new technological advantage will save them.

5 Playtest

Episode NumberTitleDirected byWritten by
s03e02PlaytestDan TrachtenbergCharlie Brooker

An American, Cooper, leaves the States to avoid facing his mother after the death of his father. Trying to raise money, he signs up to playtest a new VR game for a cutting-edge company and gets more than he expected.

4 Shut Up and Dance

Episode NumberTitleDirected byWritten by
s03e03Shut Up and DanceJames WatkinsCharlie Brooker & William Bridges

When withdrawn 19-year-old Kenny stumbles headlong into an online trap, he is quickly forced into an uneasy alliance with shifty Hector - both of them at the mercy of persons unknown.

3 Nosedive

Episode NumberTitleDirected byStory byTeleplay by
s03e01NosediveJoe WrightCharlie BrookerRashida Jones & Mike Schur

In the near future, everyone is obsessed with getting ratings from others... and a woman, Lacie, is determined to get a high enough rating to buy the home she's always dreamed of.

2 Hated in the Nation

Episode NumberTitleDirected byWritten by
s03e06Hated in the NationJames HawesCharlie Brooker

A police detective and her geeky young sidekick investigate a string of grisly murders with a sinister link to social media.

1 San Junipero

Episode NumberTitleDirected byWritten by
s03e04San JuniperoOwen HarrisCharlie Brooker

California, 1987: San Junipero is a fun-loving beach town synonymous with sun, surf, and sex. And for recent arrivals Yorkie and Kelly, it's going to be a life-changer...