“Lose that page of the report”

TV Show: Black Mirror
Episode Title: The National Anthem
Original Air Date: December 4, 2011
Episode Number: 1×01

Episode Description

A twisted parable for the Twitter age, The National Anthem looks at how life is very much harder for the rich and supposedly powerful now that information is disseminated so quickly and public opinion is so loud, powerful and quick to change. It’s a political thriller in which the Prime Minister faces a huge dilemma – and that’s all that can be revealed for now…

My Review

Jeez, way to kick off a show. I was thoroughly disgusted by this episode and the fact that humans actually wanted to watch that is unbelievable. But you know what, if this were to become true, would we do the same thing as the people in this episode and watch with disgust, but keep on watching anyway to satisfy our curiosity? Who’s to say, really? I can honestly say for myself that I wouldn’t watch any of it, but will just monitor social media to gauge the reactions from everyone.

The artist who planned this all out is fucked up. This is called art? Really? I swear, some artists are so fucking full of themselves. They would put a dot on a black wall and call it art, pretentious assholes. Can’t stand artists who are this way who think that they are God’s gift to mankind.

It was good to see the Prime Minister recovering well (it seems) a year after, but I’m not surprised his marriage has deteriorated. There is no coming back from that no matter how much they love each other. Kudos to the actor who played Michael because you could really sense the anguish and the humiliation on his face throughout this ordeal.

That female reporter has got to be the stupidest reporter in the history of television. She really thought she would have gotten the scoop without endangering her life? I thought she was a goner after they started firing at her back as she was running away. And of course she’s bribing someone inside the PM’s office so she can get the scoop. Thanks a lot for setting back womanhood an entire decade.

I really liked the PM’s chief of staff (the female assistant, I’m not sure what her official title is) and how matter-of-fact she was about all of this. We can always use someone who’s as levelheaded as she is in times of crisis. Hell, she even conspired to have the part about the Princess being released 30 minutes before the deadline just to save the PM further humiliation.


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