TV Show: Black Mirror
Episode Title: Be Right Back
Original Air Date: February 11, 2013
Episode Number: 2×01
Martha and Ash are a young couple who move to a remote cottage. The day after the move, Ash is killed returning the hire van. At the funeral, Martha’s friend Sarah tells her about a new service that lets people stay in touch with the deceased. By using all his past online communications and social media profiles, a new ‘Ash’ can be created. Martha is disgusted by the concept but then in a confused and lonely state she decides to talk to ‘him’….
Oh hi, Hayley Atwell and Domhnall Gleeson. Pretty cool to see these big name stars on this show.
The concept of the episode kinda creeped me out and I cringed when she was having sex with “Ash” because it seemed so wrong on so many levels. Who could blame her, though? It was a devastating blow to have her husband snuffed out like that when they were just about to start their new life and have a new baby. She felt alone and didn’t have anyone to really share the grief with.
Definitely tells you that no matter what technology comes up with, humans can’t be replicated because it just wouldn’t be the same since they’re missing what makes humans humans. A soul.
I actually thought Martha was going to push Ash off the cliff, but then I thought that was a bad idea because it probably won’t die and if it malfunctions, its body will be found and the authorities will start asking questions. I wonder how many other synthetics like it are out there. Does Sarah have one that she’s not willing to admit?
The ending was kinda heartbreaking with Martha putting Ash up in the attic and just leaving him there for years. Does her daughter know who this version of Ash is and does she know the real Ash is her father? Did Martha tell her that this thing in the attic is her dad? I have so many questions.