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  • Crosses the Line Twice: The production made the @JoPowersWriter twitter account, with two tweets, the latter being "Unimpressed with the afterlife, so far."
  • Harsher in Hindsight: This whole episode is a vicious commentary on G.I.F.T. culture the Internet has going on, that how death threats and hatred can personally affect their targets, even though it's beyond the screen. Just a year later, in Game of Thrones, 'Blue' (aka Faye Marsay), who also plays the Waif, got some serious messages on the Internet due to the Hate Sink she was supposed to be on the show, which forced her to quit social media, as the Internet failed to separate her character and her real life out of it.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In this episode, Shaun Li accidentally caused the ADIs genocidal outbreak, killing 400,000 people in the UK. In 2018, Benedict Wong appeared in Avengers: Infinity War, where the antagonist of said movie eventually vanishes half of the universe's population.
  • Misaimed Fandom: The #DeathTo hashtag on Twitter has a large number of people invoking it towards public figures they dislike. It leaves one to wonder if any of these people actually watched the whole episode. Netflix themselves seems to be aware of this.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Garrett Scholes for certain jets over this once the force triggers his trap and it becomes apparent that he will have the blood of almost 400,000 civilians on his hands, almost to a totalitarian dictator/genocide body count level.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • The episode is a harsh critique of social media and those who freely use it to bully, menace, or wish death on others... AKA, one of the greatest issues with social media today.
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    • The episode also shines a light on issues with using outrage as means for righteous indignation. When people use a public offense by and individual as a green light for horrible verbal abuse towards that individual can be just as bad or even worse than the targets actions, being very damaging!
  • Spiritual Adaptation:
    • The story of this episode sounds like it came right out of the Ghost in the Shell manga series - especially its series adaptation Stand Alone Complex. Some fans would argue that this is more GitS than its 2017 live-action film adaptation.
    • This could even be the live-action adaptation of the book Prey even if 20th Century Fox own the film rights to the latter, as both this episode and the book are cautionary tales about mechanical flying insects.
    • This also could be a TV-version of Untraceable as both the episode and the movie involves people being killed by online voting results.
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    • Could also be seen as the live action adaptation of No. 6 due to the anime's similar concept of government controlled parasitic wasps.
  • Strawman Has a Point: One of the reasons why Jo Powers bashes Gwen Marbury is that Marbury killed herself in full view of a group of schoolchildren, for whom this must have been a horrifying experience along with injuring officers who tried to help extinguish her. As needlessly vindictive as her tone and intentions are, that specific point is hard to argue against.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Even after it's established that ADIs use facial recognition, no one attempts to wear sunglasses or masks. Or dump their phones and get as far away from any windows.
    • You'd think the idea of contacting Twitter and asking them to block the hashtag would have come up. But nobody even considers it.
    • Since the ADIs are government controlled, shouldn't there be a mass kill switch or ability to shut them down on the off chance they get hacked.
      • They clearly establish that it would be possible to shut the entire ADI population off from the master controls at Granular. At first, they're hesitant to do so, because killing all of them would be environmentally devastating. Then, later, the hacker locks them out of the system entirely, so they can't access the shutdown protocol. Finally, at the end of the episode, when they think they've regained control, we discover the hacker had already anticipated that they would—indeed, it was part of his plan all along—so it's safe to assume that they would once again be locked out of shutting them off.

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