warning! mild spoilers: I try not to go too much into plot details but this review still has spoilers on settings and premise of the episode. so if you haven’t seen it yet and don’t want to be spoiled do not read.
“Hated in the nation” is the sixth episode in the series 3 of Black Mirror. This is Black Mirror’s longest episode and have a different vibe than most as this one takes on a police-procedural like structure. The episode follows police detective Karin Parke and her tech-savvy sidekick Blue as they investigate a string of mysterious deaths with a sinister link to social media. There investigation soon went from a 1 strange celebrity death to a series of innocent deaths controlled by an online hashtag game.
‘Hated in the Nation’ is one of Black Mirrors’ more controversial episode. Bluntly, some people will love it, some won’t.I for one did not enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed the others this season. The episode very much dragged out and really didn’t need the 90 minutes run-time it got. Not to mention the concept/premise only being mildly interesting to me. This episode seems less about taking aspects of technology to their logical, terrifying ends, and more about finding an “issue” and then putting some tech twist on it.
The production value really wasn’t anything special here, which features CGI effects that reminded me more of a bad Sy-Fy TV movie rather than a Black Mirror episode. Even so the acting is very good here. Kelly McDonald and Faye Marsay made the best out of a bad situation and was able to deliver a good performance. The soundtrack was unique and was obviously created for the episode specifically, as it sounded like a futuristic version of a 90’s cop show soundtrack. For a 90-minute episode I think they really did a bad job wrapping up as we were left with a few mysteries when the episode ended.
Well even though I did not enjoy it, I know others will. Black Mirror has proved to us again how experimental and unique they can be with there episodes, and it also goes to show that no one will ever love every single Black Mirror episode out there. But being a Black Mirror episode and all, it is still a decent watch, and people of the procedural story telling format will love it.
Rating “Hated in the Nation”:
- Premise: 6/10
- Writing: 6/10
- Plotlines: 5/10
- Acting: 7/10
- Production: 6/10
- Cinematography/Visuals: 7/10
- Soundtrack/Editing/efx: 6/10
Overall Rating: 6.1/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆