TV Show: Black Mirror
Episode Title: White Christmas
Original Air Date: December 16, 2014
Episode Number: 2×00
This feature-length special consists of three interwoven stories. In a mysterious and remote snowy outpost, Matt and Potter share a Christmas meal, swapping creepy tales of their earlier lives in the outside world. Matt is a charismatic American trying to bring the reserved, secretive Potter out of his shell. But are both men who they appear to be? A woman gets thrust into a nightmarish world of ‘smart’ gadgetry. Plus a look at what would happen if you could ‘block’ people in real life.
Finally got around to watching this Christmas special episode and of course it’s certainly not your typical Christmas TV episode, lol. The endings were so fucked up, but I think Matt’s punishment was more severe than Joe’s. Matt will never be able to interact with any human being for the duration of his life and for someone like him, that has got to be the worst nightmare. Hell, for any normal person, even the most introvert, that is the worst nightmare. How would anyone be able to function without human interaction? I’m as introvert as they come and thinking about leading a life like that has got to be one of the worst kinds of punishment.
Joe’s punishment was also very bad and he definitely will suffer living inside that cookie for eternity. Makes you think…are they really punishing the real Joe? That was only his “consciousness”, if you will, that they are punishing, not the real Joe. The real Joe is still locked up and refuses to talk. They will definitely use the information Cookie Joe provided them to prosecute him so the real Joe will still get jailed.
I had a feeling the whole setup with Matt and Joe talking wasn’t real and that it was some kind of simulation or setup so the reveal that Matt really wasn’t real wasn’t that much of a shock. The real shock was seeing the daughter’s face and how Beth and Dan had an affair and cheated on their significant others. No wonder Beth ran away and didn’t have anything to do with Joe after that. Did she know before she had the baby that the baby wasn’t Joe’s? What made her change her mind about having an abortion?
The first story with Matt coaching the guy was quite messed up, with Jennifer thinking that he was also hearing voices and that they would both be better off if the voices disappeared and they’re both dead. The second story was not as messed up with Greta and using her cookie version to make her life better. Couldn’t Cookie Greta just rebel and deviate from her usual job in helping Greta by sabotaging her life? It would’ve been so easy for Cookie Greta to do so since she has the reins of everything in the house. Maybe there’s a piece of code that doesn’t allow the cookies to harm their real versions.
I thought it was pretty amusing that we had two Game of Thrones alums in this episode alone: Natalia Tena (Jennifer, she played Osha on GOT) and Oona Chaplin (Greta, she played Talisa on GOT). Very cool. It was nice to see Janet Montgomery (Beth) on here, too. Of course, she plays the lead on Salem.