TV: Black Mirror – Season 5

Premiered: June 5, 2019

On: Netflix

Starring: Anthony Mackie, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Nicole Beharie, Pom Klementieff, Ludi Lin, Andrew Scott, Damson Idris, Amanda Drew, Topher Grace, Miley Cyrus, Angourie Rice, Madison Davenport & Susan Pourfar

The latest season of Black Mirror has the least number of episodes since the first season and falters in two of them giving it a shaky return.

In the first episode, two friends (Anthony Mackie and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) get virtually intimate through a video game. The second episode follows a taxi driver (Andrew Scott) having a breakdown. And the final episode finds a teenager (Angourie Rice) idolizing a secretly troubled pop star (Miley Cyrus).

Though the first episode has some interesting commentary on sexuality, the ending of the second episode is the strongest of the three and really does mirror current life in many situations.

Cyrus’ episode feels like a demented Disney Channel Original Movie – and not just because of the star’s roots.

Final say: Interesting stories, but not up to the previous caliber. ★★★☆☆

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