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An intriguing take on modern romance, "Striking Vipers" is certainly well-produced and thought-provoking, but by holding back its emotional punch it's not quite as impactful as similar installments.
...this concept is a veritable cornucopia of madness if you drill down into it.
"Striking Vipers" is one of the most ambitious and intriguingly enigmatic stories Black Mirror has ever told.
The very, very slow-burning plot intentionally withholds answers for most of the questions it poses about how sexuality on the internet is continuing to evolve. Still, I came to appreciate the episode's weird, uncomfortable intimacy.
"Striking Viper" is oddly narrow-minded in its scope, settling for a shrug and a head shake instead of trying to progress the narrative around bromance.
Alas, all this earnest work is undone by the listless script and a story that plods from a to b. Striking Vipers clearly fancies itself a dissertation on romance as we accelerate towards a virtual future.
'Striking Vipers' still presents Black Mirror's usual mix of speculative technology and social science fiction, but the missed opportunities are too numerous to ignore.
A little strange - but still very interesting. What we have come to expect from Black Mirror. The lesser of the season 5 episodes, but still worth a watch.
Still, while the idea feels shortchanged the performances and tenderness remain powerful enough to make for an affecting watch.
"Striking Vipers" is unsatisfying, and doesn't manage to clear the high bar it sets for itself.
"Striking Vipers" is Black Mirror at full potential.