History NightmareFuel / BlackMirror

17th Jan '17 9:05:13 PM 4power4
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*** ...But those two guys looked nothing alike, outside of being the same race....
17th Jan '17 3:47:01 PM beergood
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** To put that into perspective, in the 26 seconds it took for the officers to exchange that information, [[spoiler:430 years have gone by in the cookie.]]

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** To put that into perspective, in the 26 seconds it took for the officers to exchange that information, [[spoiler:430 years have gone by in the cookie.cookie, and Roy Wood has wished it would be Christmas every day 47 million times.]]
27th Dec '16 7:12:28 PM tvtropesruinedmylife22
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25th Dec '16 8:37:08 PM neckinhalf
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** Another FridgeHorror thought here is the fact that plenty of these cookies have to be made from parents. Heck, aside from schedule freaks like Greta, parents are the number one candidate. Imagine a cookie, who thinks it IS the person, never being able to really talk to their kid or kids again...

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** Another FridgeHorror thought here is the fact that plenty of these cookies have to be made from parents. Heck, aside from schedule freaks like Greta, parents are the number one candidate. Imagine a cookie, who thinks it IS the person, never being able to really talk to their kid or kids again...
25th Dec '16 8:36:40 PM neckinhalf
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** Another {{FridgeHorror}} thought here is the fact that plenty of these cookies have to be made from parents. Heck, aside from schedule freaks like Greta, parents are the number one candidate. Imagine a cookie, who thinks it IS the person, never being able to really talk to their kid or kids again...

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** Another {{FridgeHorror}} FridgeHorror thought here is the fact that plenty of these cookies have to be made from parents. Heck, aside from schedule freaks like Greta, parents are the number one candidate. Imagine a cookie, who thinks it IS the person, never being able to really talk to their kid or kids again...
25th Dec '16 8:35:46 PM neckinhalf
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** Another {{FridgeHorror}} thought here is the fact that plenty of these cookies have to be made from parents. Heck, aside from schedule freaks like Greta, parents are the number one candidate. Imagine a cookie, who thinks it IS the person, never being able to really talk to their kid or kids again...
25th Dec '16 7:18:43 AM Benbeasted
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* The first episode,''Nosedive'' is set in a dystopian CrapsaccharineWorld filled with {{Stepford Smiler}}s who wear pastel colors. In this world, a person's score on social media denotes their social status, to the point that there are certain places people aren't allowed to go if their popularity rating drops below a certain level. It also reduces all social relations to a numbers game. It's strongly implied that popularity points are actually a type of currency. Imagine if every time you lost your cool or even if someone just didn't consider an encounter with you meaningful, your bank account started hemorrhaging dollars in the hundreds and thousands?

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* The first episode,''Nosedive'' episode, ''Nosedive'', is set in a dystopian CrapsaccharineWorld filled with {{Stepford Smiler}}s who wear pastel colors. In this world, a person's score on social media denotes their social status, to the point that there are certain places people aren't allowed to go if their popularity rating drops below a certain level. It also reduces all social relations to a numbers game. It's strongly implied that popularity points are actually a type of currency. Imagine if every time you lost your cool or even if someone just didn't consider an encounter with you meaningful, your bank account started hemorrhaging dollars in the hundreds and thousands?
20th Dec '16 6:18:55 PM tvtropesruinedmylife22
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[[caption-width-right:350: Why are you smiling? [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Your phone's broken.]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350: Why are you smiling? [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Your phone's broken.[[Film/TheThing1982 A perfect imitation.]]]]
20th Dec '16 12:10:03 PM KizunaTallis
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* The National Anthem contains [[spoiler: the Prime Minister having sex with a pig. Which may sound silly but it goes sour quickly.]] Even those watching in-universe look disgusted.
* 15 Million Merits is an emotionally shaking experience throughout, but one of the worst moments comes when the protagonist Bing [[spoiler:is forced to watch his love, Abi, now a porn star, essentially being raped in an advert. He can't skip the advert due to lack of 'merits', and when he closes his eyes, the room he's in emits a piercing tone till he opens them.]] Just imagine yourself in his position…
** Then there's the unsettling slow shot as [[spoiler: he looks at a broken, nasty-looking shard of glass after he broke his room, listening to a distorted, warped version of Abi being raped and select notes of her song on a continuous loop. He picks up the shard, aims for the tattoo on his wrist, and [[AndIMustScream makes a deep insertion.]]]]

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* The ''The National Anthem Anthem'' contains [[spoiler: the Prime Minister being forced into [[BestialityIsDepraved having sex with a pig. Which pig]], which may sound silly but it goes sour quickly.]] quickly]]. Even those watching in-universe look disgusted.
are horribly disgusted and wind up feeling sorry for him.
* 15 ''15 Million Merits Merits'' is an emotionally shaking experience throughout, but one of the worst moments comes when the protagonist Bing [[spoiler:is forced to watch his love, Abi, now a porn star, essentially being raped in an advert. He can't skip the advert due to lack of 'merits', and when he closes his eyes, the room he's in emits a piercing tone till he opens them.]] Just imagine yourself in his position…
position...
** Then there's the unsettling slow shot as [[spoiler: he looks at a broken, nasty-looking shard of glass after he broke his room, room screen, listening to a distorted, warped version of Abi being raped and select notes of her song on a continuous loop. He picks up the shard, aims for the tattoo on his wrist, and [[AndIMustScream makes a deep insertion.incision.]]]]



* The Entire History of You ends with Liam [[spoiler:apparently wiping his memories, which he does by messily removing his Memory Grain from his neck with a razor blade. And there's not a GoryDiscretionShot in sight.]]

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* The ''The Entire History of You You'' ends with Liam [[spoiler:apparently wiping his memories, which he does by messily removing his Memory Grain from his neck with a razor blade. And there's not a GoryDiscretionShot in sight.]]



* The idea in Be Right Back, that one could [[spoiler:reconstruct the dead from their social media]], is pretty sinister even before it GoesHorriblyWrong.
* White Bear. Oh god, White Bear.
** Imagine waking up with complete amnesia in a strange house. You don't even know who you really are. You see things though- photos of you, a symbol on the TV, a calendar with every day crossed off- things that aren't right. And then you leave the house, only to find people who don't respond, who only watch. And then, the masked people show up...
** The ending. Basically, [[spoiler:the events of the episode have been repeated for a long, long time- weeks, maybe even months. Victoria has been having her memories erased over and over again.]]

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* The idea in Be ''Be Right Back, Back'', that one could [[spoiler:reconstruct the dead from their social media]], is pretty sinister even before it GoesHorriblyWrong.
* White Bear. ''White Bear''. Oh god, White Bear.
''White Bear''.
** Imagine waking up with complete amnesia in a strange house. You don't even know who you really are. You see things though- though - photos of you, a symbol on the TV, a calendar with every day crossed off- things that aren't right. And then you leave the house, only to find people who don't respond, who only watch. And then, the masked people show up...
** The ending. Basically, [[spoiler:the events of the episode have been repeated for a long, long time- time; weeks, maybe even months. Victoria has been having her memories erased over and over again.again, going through the same tortures.]]



* FridgeHorror- the Zed-Eyes (technological contact lenses) are worn by everyone and cannot be removed. But what if somebody hacked into them? They could see everything. And you'd never even know.

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* FridgeHorror- FridgeHorror: the Zed-Eyes (technological contact lenses) are worn by everyone and cannot be removed. But what if somebody hacked into them? They could see everything. And you'd never even know.



* The second segment features a woman getting a 'cookie'. It's an implant that learns how a person thinks, in order to perform tasks exactly as the owner does. However, the problem is that [[spoiler:the cookie believes they ARE that person. This results in the cookie refusing to work. Solution? Their perception of time is sped up. They believe they have spent days, weeks, months even, alone with nothing to do. And this is a digital copy, so they can't age or die. By the end, they are left a broken shell of their former self, condemned to an endless 'life' of labour.]]

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* The second segment features a woman getting a 'cookie'. It's an implant that learns how a person thinks, in order to perform tasks exactly as the owner does. However, the problem is that [[spoiler:the cookie believes they ARE that person. This results in the cookie refusing to work. Solution? Their perception of time is sped up. They believe they have spent days, weeks, months even, alone with nothing to do. And this is a digital copy, so they can't age or die. By the end, they are left a broken shell of their former self, condemned to an endless 'life' of labour.slavery.]]



* The third segment introduces the idea of blocking people in real life using Zed-Eyes- all that either of you see is an inaudible shadow. It can be left on indefinitely, until death. It also covers offspring AND all media of the subject (such as photos). Just imagine never being able to see or hear a loved one till they're dead and gone...
* It's apparently now legal to "block" someone indefinitely, even when they believe you have a child with them, denying all custody and visitation rights unilaterally.
** Also, congrats to White Christmas on being the first Christmas special to feature [[spoiler: a man accidentally murdering his ex-partner's father in a fit of rage.]] Good job!
* The ending gets dark very quickly...
** To clarify [[spoiler: Joe's cookie confesses the murder of his ex-girlfriend's father and directly causing her daughter's death and is left there, completely alone. To add insult to injury, one of the cops speeds up his perception of time, making one minute in the real world correspond to 1000 years for the cookie! And leaves him like that all of Christmas Day with one annoying song with the volume turned way up! That's right: he has to suffer more than one million years alone, with the full knowledge of what he has done and also knowing he's not real, with the most ironic soundtrack in the history of ever.]] It's safe to say this could be the most accurate depiction of Hell ever portrayed without any supernatural element.

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** It's also stated that "Cookies" that go irreparably insane are used as {{NPC}}s and enemy characters in video games. Ouch...
* The third segment introduces the idea of blocking people in real life using Zed-Eyes- Zed-Eyes where all that either of you see is an inaudible shadow. It can be left on indefinitely, until death. It also covers offspring AND all media of the subject (such as photos). Just imagine never being able to see or hear a loved one till they're dead and gone...
* It's apparently now also legal to "block" someone indefinitely, even when they believe you have a child with them, denying all custody and visitation rights unilaterally.
** Also, congrats to White Christmas ''White Christmas'' on being the first Christmas special to feature [[spoiler: a man accidentally murdering his ex-partner's father in a fit of rage.]] Good job!
* The ending especially gets dark very quickly...
** To clarify [[spoiler: Joe's [[spoiler:Joe's cookie confesses the murder of his ex-girlfriend's father and directly causing her daughter's death and is left there, completely alone. To add insult to injury, one of the cops speeds up his perception of time, making one minute in the real world correspond to 1000 years for the cookie! And leaves him like that all of Christmas Day with one annoying song with the volume turned way up! That's right: he has to suffer more than one million years alone, with the full knowledge of what he has done and also knowing he's not real, with the most ironic soundtrack in the history of ever.]] It's safe to say this could be the most accurate depiction of Hell ever portrayed without any supernatural element.



* The first episode, "Nosedive", is set in a dystopian CrapsaccharineWorld filled with {{Stepford Smiler}}s who wear pastel colours. In this world, a person's score on social media denotes their social status, to the point that there are certain places people aren't allowed to go if their popularity rating drops below a certain level. It also reduces all social relations to a numbers game. It's strongly implied that popularity points are actually a type of currency. Imagine if every time you lost your cool or even if someone just didn't consider an encounter with you meaningful, your bank account started haemorrhaging dollars in the hundreds and thousands?

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* The first episode, "Nosedive", episode,''Nosedive'' is set in a dystopian CrapsaccharineWorld filled with {{Stepford Smiler}}s who wear pastel colours.colors. In this world, a person's score on social media denotes their social status, to the point that there are certain places people aren't allowed to go if their popularity rating drops below a certain level. It also reduces all social relations to a numbers game. It's strongly implied that popularity points are actually a type of currency. Imagine if every time you lost your cool or even if someone just didn't consider an encounter with you meaningful, your bank account started haemorrhaging hemorrhaging dollars in the hundreds and thousands?



* The second episode, "Playtest." [[spoiler:If dying abruptly during a test because you left your phone on wasn't paranoia-inducing enough, look at the situation from an AdultFear perspective. The main character's mother loses her husband to early onset Alzheimer's after watching him deteriorate, and a year later, her son disappears to travel the world, seldom or never returning her calls, and not letting her know he's okay. Then his mother accidentally ''causes his death'' by trying to call him again, causing interference that kills him less than a second before the test begins.]]
* The fifth episode, "Men Against Fire" gives us Roaches, [[HumanoidAbomination Humanoid Abominations]] with black eyes and needle thin teeth. Soldiers, gifted with MASS implants (which assist them in virtual display and [[spoiler: seeing the Roaches as inhuman]]) are tasked with slaughtering Roaches. In reality, Roaches are [[spoiler: downtrodden civilians, seen as no better than roaches]]. The whole point of the implants are [[spoiler: to form them as inhuman monsters, to take away any moral ambiguity of murdering very much human civilians en masse.]]

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* The second episode, "Playtest." ''Playtest''. [[spoiler:If dying abruptly during a test because you left your phone on wasn't paranoia-inducing enough, look at the situation from an AdultFear perspective. The main character's mother loses her husband to early onset Alzheimer's after watching him deteriorate, and a year later, her son disappears to travel the world, seldom or never returning her calls, and not letting her know he's okay. Then his mother accidentally ''causes his death'' by trying to call him again, causing interference that kills him less than a second before the test begins.]]
** On another note, the tech spotlighted in this episode is virtual gaming technology, with the spotlight being on SurvivalHorror. While the things coming at you are holograms, and thus can't actually hurt you, it's still pretty scary, especially for people who are just very jumpy and skittish by nature.
* The fifth episode, "Men ''Men Against Fire" Fire'' gives us Roaches, [[HumanoidAbomination Humanoid Abominations]] with black eyes and needle thin teeth. Soldiers, gifted with MASS implants (which assist them in virtual display and [[spoiler: seeing the Roaches as inhuman]]) are tasked with slaughtering Roaches. In reality, Roaches are [[spoiler: downtrodden civilians, seen as no better than roaches]]. The whole point of the implants are [[spoiler: to form them as inhuman monsters, to take away any moral ambiguity of murdering very much human civilians en masse.]]



* The last episode, "Hated in the Nation", has an irresistible (if dreary) premise: those that are targeted by a certain hashtag end up dying the next day. The third victim is implied to have been blissfully unaware of their actions leading up to their death. Imagine you accidentally say or do something that ends up viral in a negative light. Now imagine people calling for your death. ''Now imagine that happens in the most excruciatingly painful way possible.''

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* The last episode, "Hated ''Hated in the Nation", Nation'', has an irresistible (if dreary) premise: those that are targeted by a certain hashtag end up dying the next day. The third victim is implied to have been blissfully unaware of their actions leading up to their death. Imagine you accidentally say or do something that ends up viral in a negative light. Now imagine people calling for your death. ''Now imagine that happens in the most excruciatingly painful way possible.''
16th Dec '16 11:01:10 AM trixus
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** The Memory Grain seems innocent enough but seeing Liam clinging on every memory he has to support his claims or even the more humorous character who simply whines about the carpet shows how resentful people can be when they can review perceived slights over and over.
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