When Charlie Brookers series gets it right, its mix of sci-fi and satire is like nothing else on our screens. Heres its 23 episodes so far, from worst to best
An hour of television so relentlessly dour that it leaves nothing for anyone to cling to. Andrea Riseborough plays a surly murderer forced to cover her tracks as she goes on another surly murder spree. The scene where she murders a blind baby with a hammer thats still dripping with gore from his fathers skull remains the epitome of Black Mirrors off-putting tendency to be nasty for the sake of it.
22. Black Museum
A compilation of half-thought-out, sub-Saw morality tales that tread so much worn ground (a womans consciousness is transferred into an abandoned toy, a murderer is turned into a hologram that can be repeatedly electrocuted) that it teeters on the edge of self-parody. Plus, and this is rare for Black Mirror, its so pleased with itself that you just want to punch it.
The end of this episode in which hackers blackmail a boy for masturbating to porn is the television equivalent of being beaten over the head with an especially stupid rock. The boy murders a man. The hackers release the masturbation footage anyway. Theres a montage of people crying and screaming to Radioheads most overblown song, and then it turns out that the boy was watching child porn all along. A conveyor belt of Charlie Brookers worst excesses, this is an episode that feels as if it was made by a broken Black Mirror algorithm.