TV Show: Black Mirror
Episode Title: Nosedive
Original Air Date: October 21, 2016
Episode Number: 3×01
Insecure office worker Lacie lives in a happy, smiley, status-obsessed nightmare world. Her old friend Naomi is one of society’s elites, and Lacie may have found a way to join her…
I just love how this show messes with your mind in a good (sometimes) and in such a thought-provoking way (always). This episode definitely came close to our reality with our obsessive need of being liked online whenever we post or tweet something because we all need that validation. Of course this does not apply to everyone, but it sure does apply to the majority of people especially in this day and age where we are always plugged in and on our phones.
There was a lot of secondhand embarrassment when Lacie showed up at the reception and I could not stop cringing. It was like watching a trainwreck and I could not stop watching the inevitable wreckage. That was so painful, but at least now she’s free from being trapped in that world and obsessing over her rating. Must have felt so liberating when her phone and her eye-thingy were taken away from her.
The most shocking thing, to me, was Lacie almost refusing a ride from the truck driver just because she’s a 1.4. Here she is alone and desperate and she STILL hesitated in getting help from someone because her rating was a 1.4. How fucking ridiculous is that?! She really should have listened to Susan and said fuck it to Naomi’s fake ass and the wedding. Her decision to put in the deposit even before she got the ratings she needed was a bad move (obviously) and this is a lesson to everyone not to count their chickens before they hatch.
The most ridiculous and honest scenes in this episode were the ones of Lacie and that woman in the elevator. We have all been there. Making small talk in elevators or in confined places in public and it’s the worst. We always have to grapple for things to talk about and at least in this world, they could just look up the other person’s feed and pick a topic from their life. What do we have? Just the weather, lol.
Kudos to Bryce Dallas Howard for her performance and to Rashida Jones and Mike Schur for the teleplay.