The final episode of season 4 is a homage to all the episodes that came before it, but besides the clever references to past technologies from the series, Black Museum is a rushed mini-anthology episode (reminiscent of White Christmas) that relies on cheap thrills and light-gore to excite the audience – although it is saved by its twist ending, Black Museum is a shallow attempt at nailing in the prevailing themes of the series; providing possible closure to the Black Mirror, but without any notable bang.… More “Black Mirror (S04E06) "Black Museum"”
Nothing much happens in Metalhead, and we aren’t told much either – but that’s okay, because what we are given is a tense chase-scene, set in a bleak post-apocalyptic setting, told through a distinct visual style, with a sombre and harrowing ending, and a foreboding moral lesson.… More “Black Mirror (S04E05) "Metalhead"”
Everything happens for a reason – and in one of Black Mirror‘s best episodes to date, we get a hopeful tale of love; set against the new dating landscape being created by apps such as Tinder.… More “Black Mirror (S04E04) "Hang the DJ"”
In this instalment of the anthology series, we’re asked questions about the efficacy of surveillance-enhancing technology, while made witness to a chain of increasingly hectic murders that show how far one woman will go to keep her secrets. … More “Black Mirror (S04E03) "Crocodile"”
We tread into familiar territory with Arkangel, a quintessential Black Mirror episode which follows the usual formula: we are exposed to some new technology, we see the dangers of its implementation, and we learn a moral lesson through a personal story centred around the aforementioned tech.… More “Black Mirror (S04E02) "Arkangel"”
The first episode of Black Mirror’s fourth season promised to the most distinct from its predecessors, and proved to be, in an extremely entertaining tale; incorporating both the series’s most common, and rare, traits – darkness, and optimism.… More “Black Mirror (S04E01) "USS Callister"”
Tomorrow (December 29, 2017) marks the anticipated return of Black Mirror – one of Netflix’s most acclaimed, and disturbing, series. Heralded as The Twilight Zone of the 21st century, Black Mirror is a foreboding anthology series, with each episode showcasing a different aspect of current technology and suggesting the dark possibilities and extremes of said technology when taken to the next level.… More “Preview: Black Mirror Season 4 (Netflix)”
And there we have it folks, the end of Netflix’s live-action adaptation of the anime Erased – how well did the finale hold up against expectations, and did it deliver a satisfying conclusion to Satoru’s story? … More “Erased (S01E12) "Episode 12"”
There is surprisingly little to discuss regarding this episode, but it concludes at the precipice of the final confrontation between Satoru and the killer.
Episode 11 gives us a glimpse at the activities of the camp, and more screen-time for the adorable Kumi, but mainly shows the scheming of Satoru, Sawada, and Kenya, as they try to lure the killer into admitting his crimes.… More “Erased (S01E11) "Episode 11"”
Satoru wakes up, again, and starts to regain his memory – but not before the killer can surreptitiously get close to him; in an episode that works towards the finale, but also has its fair share of pacing issues and a weak subplot.… More “Erased (S01E10) "Episode 10"”
To everyone’s surprise and joy, Satoru finally wakes up, and realizes he can’t remember anything that’s happened since February 1988.
The episode presented the expected aftermath of Satoru’s awakening – he’s told of what happened to him, needs to spend time rehabilitating his near-atrophied muscles, and is visited by his friends; but it’s done with much endearment.… More “Erased (S01E09) "Episode 9"”
We find out the identity of the serial killer, and 15 years later, find ourselves in a very different present. Episode 8 did a good job at the much-anticipated reveal, but also found itself buying time towards the end of the episode.… More “Erased (S01E08) "Episode 8"”
Young Satoru saves another soul, and closes in on the killer, in an episode that focuses on set-up (rather than delivery) of thriller-like action.
Setting their sights on Aya Nakanishi (a lonely girl from a neighboring primary school), Satoru and his pals work on befriending her.… More “Erased (S01E07) "Episode 7"”
We’re halfway through the season, and a more thrilling second half seems inbound.
Episode 6 resolves Kayo Hinazuki’s part of the story, for now at least. After hearing about the stranger who entered the bus the night before (they look in the bag and find rope, boots, spray, and clothing; indicating that the stranger was the killer), Satoru takes Kayo home with him and asks his mother if she can help – turns out, she’s known all along about their plan, and she’s thrilled to be a part of it.… More “Erased (S01E06) "Episode 6"”
In this episode, Satoru jumps back to the past and adopts a new strategy, while the series speeds into the presumable unknown.
The episode starts with a man called Sawada receiving a call from Satoru – Sawada reveals that he used to work with Satoru’s mother, and that before her murder they were looking back into the kidnappings.… More “Erased (S01E05) "Episode 5"”
The episode picks up directly after Satoru notices that Kayo hasn’t arrived for class – and what follows is a time-hopping ride that has its fair share of action and character drama.… More “Erased (S01E04) "Episode 4"”
I won’t deny it, I really enjoyed this episode – particularly the latter half.
While the first half was relatively slow, it took important strides in further introducing Kayo’s abusive mother, and nice-guy fifth-grade teacher Gaku Yashiro (who is aware of Kayo’s abuse, and has tried alerting authorities in the past).… More “Erased (S01E03) "Episode 3"”
There’s not much to say about episode 2 – it follows the plot (faithfully) and mainly sets up the rest of the season by introducing Satoru’s hometown, his friends, and his mission.… More “Erased (S01E02) "Episode 2"”
After watching the first episode of Netflix’s live-action adaptation of the amazing Erased, I was left pleasantly surprised. I found myself as enchanted and pulled in as when I first watched the anime, and I can honestly say that this is one of the better live-action adaptations I’ve seen – so far, at least, and I’m hoping Netflix keeps this up throughout the rest of the season.… More “Erased (S01E01) "Episode 1"”
Erased (Boku ga Inai Machi) is one of my favorite anime from the past year or so, so when I found out that Netflix was producing a live-action adaptation of the series, I was both thrilled and skeptical (more on that later) – but first, what is Erased?… More “Preview: Erased (Netflix)”