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Further note about Hang The DJ

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Cannot get "Panic" out of my head. Fucking song. At least it won't make me want to cry like "Heaven" did >_>

 

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On 1/2/2018 at 11:22, Benji said:

Further note about Hang The DJ

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Watched most of season 4 with my brother and his fiance over the break. Only missed USS Callister and the second half of Crocodile. Re watching today.

I enjoyed all of them with Metalhead being my least favourite. I will say, I hope Season 5 has a whole lot less of "attaching thing to people's temple".

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The more I think about Crocodile the more it annoys me.

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She was concerned with even leaving the guy alone after they killed him, how did she go from that to being willing to murder a child? Especially when her entire motive seemed to be concern for being able to be around for her own child.

I really liked most of the season, but that and Metalhead are definitely the show's two weak points.

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So I actually liked Metalhead the most of all of them. It was so visceral and stylish and Maxine Peake was terrific. It's unlike everything else they've done so far. USS Callister and Black Museum were strong too.

Hang the DJ was the one I got the least out of. It was enjoyable, but felt like the most comfortable filler episode of the lot.

Crocodile and Arkangel were both good but flawed. Archangel for me started strongly, and the best episodes tend to feature technology which is immediate and feels like it could happen which that cetainly did; but for me it didn't go far enough with the rammifications of it.

You get that scene with the psycologist about half way through, where you realise the full pyscological and sociological impact of using that sort of tech and it's a great "oh fuuuuuuck" moment...and then you get half an episode of a teenage rebellion that we've seen done loads before. It's the first Black Mirror where I felt Brooker didn't go far enough in terms of pushing the boundaries of how far the tech could go.



Annd Crocodile bugged me too. Felt like a good pilot for a crime thriller with a slight SF tint, but hardly a Black Mirror episode. The tech was an afterthought and the characterisation was all over the place. Beautifully shot though, to give it some credit.

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It's really fucking weird. Which is par the course for Black Mirror, but this is especially weird. I chose the wrong path at least 6 times and had to go back to a previous decision and deviate from my original choice.

I don't know, it's a novel concept but it's not something I'll watch/experience more than twice probably. Once you go choose the wrong decisions enough times, it's kind of hard to keep track of the original story and follow it like an actual story because everything blends together after awhile. Which might be the point, actually.

One funny part actually made me laugh out loud, though (spoilers ahead for two pathway choices, obviously):

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Stefan: I know someone's there. JUST GIVE ME A SIGN!

 

*computer screen flashes*


I AM NETFLIX. I CONTROL YOU.


Stefan: What? What the hell is Netflix?

 

*next scene you get an option to fight your therapist and father*

 

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Bandersnatch is wonderful. I may have already gone through and completed all the endings (without a guide, too!). I thought it was real good!

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They are saying there are five different endings.

Why would someone need to go back to change a decision? Just curious before I sit down to try it out later.

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14 minutes ago, Gabriel said:

They are saying there are five different endings.

Why would someone need to go back to change a decision? Just curious before I sit down to try it out later.

There are multiple dead ends and stuff, it gives you a choice of two (or sometimes just the one) endings to go back to if you want to explore other endings if you didn't get the ending you desired or just want to go through it all for the sake of being a completionist, basically. You don't really get to change any decisions until you've reached some kind of ending, though.

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This probably only blew my mind because I'm American and unfamiliar with 80s electronic music, but..

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When Thakur asks Colin "What's this, Kajagoogoo?" I thought that was just some nonsense word, or maybe the title of one of Colin's games. Nope. It's a real band! And when Stefan's walking into WH Smith's, Kajagoogoo's "Too Shy" is the song playing in the background.

 

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New season is out on Netflix, I'm going to check it out tonight. I'm pretty stoked about the episode with Miley Cyrus - I love her, and the episode has NIN "parody" songs that are approved by Trent Reznor.

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Just watched the Striking Vipers episode. I won't spoiler it or anything but despite me not going through what happened in the episode, as a fellow 38 year old with wife and kids, I totally get the feels of existential boredom (even though I love 'em and have hobbies etc). It may be a societal malaise or may have always existed but was kept quiet until the midlife crisis hit.

 

I also get the feels for his wife feeling the same but with the added sacrifice that mothers tend to have to go through 

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I'm still on season 4, but Hang the DJ probably took over Playtest as my second favorite episode of this show.

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On 05/06/2019 at 17:25, tristy said:

New season is out on Netflix, I'm going to check it out tonight. I'm pretty stoked about the episode with Miley Cyrus - I love her, and the episode has NIN "parody" songs that are approved by Trent Reznor.

It has been confirmed by Cyrus herself that at least one of the songs

Head Like a Hole

is getting a proper release in the form we hear it at the end of the episode.

Having heard her do it, I'd actually really just love it if she did a full EP or album of Nine Inch Nails covers in the same style. I've always found her supremely talented, but just can't get into her tunes at all. So for her to be doing something more in line with my musical tastes would be a nice little thing.

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5 hours ago, Gabriel said:

It has been confirmed by Cyrus herself that at least one of the songs

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Head Like a Hole

is getting a proper release in the form we hear it at the end of the episode.

Having heard her do it, I'd actually really just love it if she did a full EP or album of Nine Inch Nails covers in the same style. I've always found her supremely talented, but just can't get into her tunes at all. So for her to be doing something more in line with my musical tastes would be a nice little thing.

I love anything Miley does post-Hannah Montana, but if that's true about releasing the final song from the end of the episode... fuck yeah. I've already got a rip of it, but having it as a studio cut in good quality will be nice.

But I can't stop listening to that On A Roll song, not even gonna lie. That's an earworm if you have any sort of tolerance for pop music.

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