Striking Vipers
Black Mirror Season 5

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Critic Ratings: 37
Critics Consensus

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.

Episode Info

College pals Danny and Karl reunite in a virtual reality session of their favorite game. However, something unexpected comes out of their nighttime escapades.

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Critic Reviews for Striking Vipers

...this concept is a veritable cornucopia of madness if you drill down into it.

Jun 12, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

"Striking Vipers" is one of the most ambitious and intriguingly enigmatic stories Black Mirror has ever told.

Jun 7, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

Jun 5, 2019 | Full Review…

"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.

Jun 5, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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.

Jun 5, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

'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.

Aug 22, 2019 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 14, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Still, while the idea feels shortchanged the performances and tenderness remain powerful enough to make for an affecting watch.

Jun 12, 2019 | Full Review…

"Striking Vipers" is unsatisfying, and doesn't manage to clear the high bar it sets for itself.

Jun 12, 2019 | Full Review…

"Striking Vipers" is Black Mirror at full potential.

Jun 18, 2019 | Full Review…