These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Black Mirror
The TV series
Anvilicious: Charlie Brooker's never been one for subtlety, but this is extreme even by his standards.
Uncanny Valley: A big part of how the series gets it's creepy, unsettling vibe.
All the episodes (sans maybe 15 million merits) are set in a reality very similar to our own. That's the main source of Fridge Horror.
It's probably intentional, but in "The Waldo Moment" for all that Waldo is clearly an exaggerated blue cartoon bear, he's still incredibly creepy to look at and listen to. And that's even before he becomes the symbolic figurehead for what's hinted to be a covert global fascist / authoritarian movement.
The second series trailer starts off as a parody of iPhone / iPad-style commercials, but even before the 'gritty' imagery starts being threaded through the fake and hollow Stepford Smiler nature of the shiny happy people using the technology is increasingly creepy enough by itself. There's also a computer generated voice that is modified to sound almost, but not quite, like a man's voice, making the repeated mantra of '[Something] more' delivered in a blandly emotionless voice gradually unsettling.
Callow isn't actually shown performing the act, but there is a brief shot of him kneeling behind the pig, and later another of his agonized face as he goes about it. Both are enough to make the viewer's stomach distictly uneasy.
Also, Callow vomiting painfully into a toilet immediately afterwards. It may be a Vomit Discretion Shot, but that doesn't make it any less horrible to watch.
Crowning Moment of Funny: Despite it's dark tones, 15 Million Merits has one moment near the end: Bing ends his televised rant (with a shard of glass to his throat) by saying, in an incredibly serious manner "Farewell forever" looking as if he's about to commit suicide, then he suddenly drops to a more friendly, neutral expression and adds "until the same time next week" and salutes with the glass shard! The sudden Mood Whiplash is momentarily hilarious.
The Hot Shot green room bouncer deliberately winding up the silver haired Scouse auditionee by pretending his earpiece is telling him to go for the "platinum haired one"... before calling on Bing.
Even funnier is how, after all the build up, the Scouse girl's audition is awful to say the least.
Alternative Character Interpretation:Is Ffion selfish and heartless for cheating on Liam? Or, in light of Liam's increasingly irrational conduct, is she a woman desperately seeking an escape from an increasingly abusive relationship?
In The Entire History Of You, towards the end it becomes quite clear that Ffion has been telling a whole heap of lies about her relationship (and brief affair) with Jonas. She then crosses the Horizon handily by lying appallingly badly about Jonas using a condom, heavily implying that Jonas is her baby's real father. Crosses over with Idiot Ball; come on, lying about everything from the existence of a relationship in the first place to the use (or not) of contraception when there's photographic proof that you're lying? Not the cleverest decision.
Submitting a man to a Mind Rape under threat of death while in a drunken stupor, wrecking a car, fleeing the police, and then going home, assaulting his wife after spying on her and humiliating her at every turn. Ffion's behavior makes a lot more sense once, in light of the above, her husband starts showing the classics signs of a domestic abuser (paranoia, wanting to know every detail of her life, trying to pit her friends against her, impulsive behavior, abandoning her for a week and giving no indication of when or if he's coming home, saying she was "making him do it" at the end...).
His/Its moment on the cliff with Martha as she tries to get rid of him layered under all the supposed data gaps could also be interpreted as its own way of saying he doesn't understand why Martha took him there and is trying to get rid of him, based on its on fear of death conflicting with his/its desire to do as she says, leading some credence to it being sentient.
Then again, the whole point of this episode is Martha debating this with herself.
Fridge Logic: Rather than trying to fling him off a cliff couldn't Martha have just called the company she got fake Ash from and had him taken away?
Probably, but she's clearly not thinking very rationally by that point.
Base Breaker: There are lots of online debates as to whether the heroine really deserved her fate. On one hand it's giving her the chance to feel the pain she inflicted on Jemima and her poor family. On the other hand, it's still brutal torture and makes the viewer just as bad as her for taking amusement out of her pain. You could also argue that the park is exploiting the death of a six year old for money - or you could say that the money might go to good causes preventing murders like that happening again. However, punishing someone for a crime that they can't remember seems... a little merciless, regardless of your opinion of Victoria. Whatever side you come down on, expect to have your perceptions of revenge and punishment changed forever.
Fridge Logic: In the UK (where, judging by the accents, we can assume this episode is set), the government actually signed the United Nations Convention Against Torture bill, which would forbid them of practicing torture of this calibre. If they broke this bill, the convention and its subsequent nations would intervene very, very swiftly, meaning the White Bear Justice Park wouldn't exist without serious argument with other countries...
Similarly, as much as people hate murderers - especially child killers - and would never defend the kind of torture Victoria condoned, there would realistically be a large amount of people protesting against White Bear. Amnesty International and The UN universal Declaration of Human Rights would certainly cause trouble for the White Bear Justice Park. There's no way that a place like that could realistically exist without at least some Vocal (and powerful) Minorities getting in the way.
Given the science fiction nature of the series as a whole, it's possible we can chalk the above points up to being the result of social and political changes occurring Twenty Minutes into the Future.
In part one, to get through the door and chase Victoria, the "hunter" has to break a window. It is implied that exactly the same routine is done day-in day-out. It would be awfully expensive to replace a window (especially of that size) every day. And ordering and replacing new windows takes time too. It couldn't have been realistically delivered and fitted by the time Victoria takes to wake up to rinse n' repeat.
That's probably intentional. Brooker told Ken Plume that Twitter and its mob mentality are far, far worse than anything even the worst and mots sensational crusading tabloid could manage. It's not about the media circus, it's about the mob mentality.
Fridge Horror: A minor example; The White Bear Justice Park has at least a whole estate of houses in its vicinity for its audience to watch Victoria from. How many people were evicted so that the park could be created? Made worse by the fact they were counsel houses for the financially disadvantaged.
Jerkass Woobie: Victoria, if your still deciding whether her fate was justified or not.
The Woobie: For some, Victoria, if you were still on her side by the end of the episode...
Tropes related to The Waldo Moment:
Strawman Has a Point: Probably intentional, and overlaps with Jerkass Has a Point; Liam Monroe is presented as every inch the stereotypical young Tory professional politician — ruthless, humourless and a bit of a dick. He's also entirely correct that Waldo standing for office and becoming the main competition makes a mockery of the British democratic process and is potentially quite dangerous.
Monroe: If that thing's the main competition, the whole system looks absurd. And maybe it is. But it built these roads.
Jamie, of course, is a obvious example. A failed comedian, Jamie is sidelined by his more famous friends to only play roles on the show he's on behind the face of a blue bear. He is pressured into turning Waldo into a political protest, more a joke than anything, and then watches it go out of hand before his eyes, ruining his chances with his crush and being blackmailed into carrying it on afterwards. When he finally takes a stand against it he is beaten up as commanded by his so-called friends, who betray him and steal his character, leaving him no money to his name. He later ends up homeless. And beaten up by the police for sleeping under a bridge.
Gwendalyn Harris also qualifies. All she did was hold off dating Jamie until the elections were over (less than a week, basically), but loses her chance of winning the election and is humiliated on live TV by the man she confided in, who blabbed her secret to everyone. She comes last in the elections, despite seeming to be the least immoral candidate.
A case could even be made for Liam Monroe. Sure, he's not likable, but he is tricked and humiliated several times in front of large crowds and national television, and has a shoe lobbed at him.