“How do you like it?”
On the fifth day of Christmas, Black Mirror gave to me…justice. Rough justice.
White Bear feels like one of the sharpest, fiercest critics of the society we could become, or maybe that we are becoming, that Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror has given us thus far. Lenora Crichlow’s Victoria wakes up disoriented and unable to remember anything about herself, the evidence at her feet suggesting she’s just tried to take her own life. On leaving the house, people are around but don’t respond to her cries for help, just stand there filming her on their mobile phones. Then a masked man appears and starts firing his shotgun at her…
Increasingly haunted by images of a young girl – her daughter? – and a man, Victoria flees her attacker with the help of a young couple Jem and Damien (Tuppence Middleton and Ian Bonar) who are also immune from whatever has taken over the majority of the population. And White Bear tracks their journey to try and stop the transmission of the signal that is causing this change. Yet there’s so much more to the story which I don’t want to reveal here, but rest assured it is another astonishingly assured entry into the Black Mirror canon.