“Sorry I go a bit weird and wonky sometimes”
On the third day of Christmas, Black Mirror gave to me…three cheating lovers
The Entire History of You is the final part of the first series of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror and finds itself somewhere in the middle of the preceding two episodes in terms of its sci-fi/reality interface. Here, future technology has advanced so that people have ‘grains’ implanted that record memories and allow them to played back whenever but the story it is used to tell is an all-too-familiar one of human jealousy.
Toby Keggell’s Liam is an unhappy lawyer whose miserable state of mind after a difficult work appraisal leads him to suspect his wife, Jodie Whittaker’s Ffion, of having an affair with a former lover called Jonas, a suave Tom Cullen. It played out eerily effectively, especially in the look on people’s faces when ‘recalling’ but never really took flight into as superlative a piece of television as episodes one or two.
Strong work from the ever-excellent Phoebe Fox as a woman whose grain has been gouged from her was an unexpected bonus but for me, the episode as a whole lacked the thrill of the new that characterised what came before.