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December 05, 2011

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Dick Pountain

A palpable hit

Juan

...so I take it you don't like Charlie Brooker then.

Will Davies

It's not that I don't like him. I thought the episode of Black Mirror was simply silly. The opening scene (the PM being awoken in the middle of the night to be told that terrorists would murder a member of the royal family unless he had sex with a pig on live television) was everything you needed to know about it. It was like the entire thing had been written in capital letters (what was he worried about? That we'd misunderstand The Message?). The gushing reviews and lengthy hyped build-up made it more irritating, though that's not Charlie Brooker's fault.

I guess I just wanted to try doing a Charlie Brooker job on Charlie Brooker, because I suspect that if he wasn't him, he'd be sick of this vaunted unchallengeable genius by now.

Michael

This is a poorly written parody, between the lines of which oozes the green sap of envy.

Will Davies

That's very poetic, Michael!

Dick Pountain

The second episode was very much better - a rather acute reworking of 1984.

Will Davies

I fully agree, Dick. Clearly Brooker is far better at dystopia than at satire. This one was sad, where the previous one was silly.

Dick Pountain

http://www.guardian.co.uk/discussion/comment-permalink/13702396

Juan

Funny, for me the order of quality is the exact opposite of you two: I think the first episode is better than the second one. That doesn't make the "Pig" episode amazing, just merely adequate and therefore far superior to the sub-Dickian Gibson-copyright-violation dreck we got in the second episode. The "Dystopia" in question was so unimaginative (what exactly was the point of having people play games for a living? And why did anyone think it would make for compelling viewing?) and the morals handed out through the X-Factor non-parody so hilariously heavy handed that it was just embarrassing to sit through.

Dick Pountain

I thought the idea was that they were all generating electricity (presumably after "peak oil") and being paid in game credits: a return to electronic galley slavery.

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