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  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Lacie is plain unlikeable during the events that lead to her epiphany. Most of the problems that caused her rating to go down were either caused by her or made worse by her actions. From a Certain Point of View, the rating system is not bad in and of itself - "That's how society works", and this particular person just made a string of horribly bad decisions, most of which were her own fault.
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    • Is Naomi a depressed Stepford Smiler just trying to survive in the system? Or a genuinely mean Alpha Bitch?
  • Anvilicious: Rating people is a bad thing. It's a case of Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped, but so heavy-handed and was considered to be steeped in slippery slope... until years after the episode aired, when China began implementing the same system.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: In the last scene, the shouting match between Lacie and the other guy in jail seems oddly flirtatious despite its content.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment, combined with Take That!: Lacie overhears in a bathroom stall that a group of fans of the sci-fi series "Sea of Tranquility" is going to a convention near where Naomi's wedding takes place, so she fakes being another fan to hitch a ride with them. These guys are depicted as stereotypical trashy cosplayers and insufferable fanboys, especially when one of them gets angry because Lacie doesn't know that one character does not conform to gender conventions. Then Naomi phones her and tells her not to come to her ceremony anymore. The scene qualifies as a BLAM because it's unnecessary to the plot (Lacie borrows a motorbike to get to the wedding, she could have done that before), mostly irrelevant to the episode's theme and seems added just to take potshots at fandoms and social justice people.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The "Man in Jail" at the end of the episode, thanks to both him being played by the handsome Sope Dirisu and the hilariously mean-spirited Snark-to-Snark Combat he gets into with Lacie. Suffice to say, many fans almost instantly started to ship him with Lacie.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: The corrupt points system is still in place and Lacie is now in jail. Really, the only positive part of the ending is that Lacie is finally somewhere where she doesn't have to be a Stepford Smiler and can be as Brutally Honest as she wants to be.
  • Funny Moments: The hilariously childish (and not to mention, realistic) Snark-to-Snark Combat between Lacie and the Man in Jail, with it basically coming across as what would happen if a comment-section flame war was ever voice-acted.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Apparently the real life Chinese government is toying with plans to implement a "social credit" system plan for their people. Trials began in May 2018 and it should be fully implemented by 2020.
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    • Also, there is now an app called "peeple" which is sold as the "yelp for people." Needless to say, many people were saying, "Wasn't this done on Black Mirror?"
    • The taxi app Uber's system of rating both drivers and passengers has echoes of this.
  • Heartwarming Moments: From two complete strangers saying "Fuck you" to each other, no less.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This episode, which is all about people rating each other based on how they see them, was written by Michael Schur and Rashida Jones. Schur would go on to make The Good Place, where whichever afterlife one ends up in depends on an arbitrary scoring system and the points system for determining said afterlife is later revealed to be dangerously obsolete and critical of people trying to appear good instead of actually being good. The aesthetics of the society of this episode even feel very close to the sets in The Good Place (brightly lit, wholesome feeling and pastel colors galore).
  • Jerkass Woobie: Lacie might be pretty unlikeable in the lead-up to her epiphany, but she still didn't deserve to get thrown in prison for it. Not only that, but she's now separated from her brother Ryan who was probably the one person who truly cared about her.
  • Les Yay: Lacie's last words in her wedding-crasher speech are "I love you, Naomi! I've always loved you!". It's unclear if it was an intentional revelation (considering that the episode has a theme of social stigma and dishonesty) that came at the worst possible moment, making her look unhinged and vengeful, or just a questionable choice of dialogue. Her comment a moment before about boys never working out for her makes it more confusing (though that too can be explained via Lacie's chronic insecurity).
    • In the same episode, we have Paul and his best man, who are awfully close. Sometimes literally. Naomi even frowned slightly at the sight of Paul and his best man docking their chests in front of her.
  • Older Than They Think: The main premise had been explored two years prior in a much more comedic and exaggerated fashion in the Community episode "App Development and Condiments". When asked about this later, Charlie Brooker said he was not familiar with this episode at the time of producing "Nosedive".
  • Spiritual Antithesis: This episode is has the hallmarks of Michael Schur's Signature Style, but played in a much darker and less comedic fashion.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The bright pastel colours and the general aesthetics of middle/high society definitely feel very sweet and wholesome. It only adds to the Crapsaccharine World nature of this place.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Lacie comes off like this for some viewers, seeing as most of her problems during the Humiliation Conga she only made worse and her behaviour at the wedding would not be acceptable in our society either.
  • The Woobie:
    • Ches. Lacie's co-worker who, because he merely broke up with his partner, ends up getting downvoted by his so-called "friends" which leads to his rating going so low that he can't enter the office building he works at which presumably leads him to losing his job and becoming either jobless, homeless or both.
    • Susan. A truck driver with a 1.4 rating who used to care about the rating system until she lost her husband to cancer because both her and husband's scores weren't high enough to get treatment.
    • Lacie's brother Ryan. Despite being a slacker he's one of the more sane characters along with Susan. He really doesn't like the ratings system and genuinely misses having a sister who didn't care about ratings. He's also well aware that Naomi is far from a friend that Lacie claims she is and truly wishes that Lacie would just forget about her. In response to this, Lacie, his own sister, downvotes him and by the end of the episode he's unaware that his sister is now in jail.


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