Black Mirror: Season 5 Episode 1 - TV Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Black Mirror: Season 5 Episode 1 Reviews

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Huw Saunders
Cultured Vultures
August 22, 2019

'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.

Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Jen Chaney
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
June 18, 2019

"Striking Vipers" is Black Mirror at full potential.

Tessa Smith
Mama's Geeky
June 14, 2019

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
June 12, 2019

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

Phil Owen
TheWrap
Top Critic
June 12, 2019

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

Alex Leininger
PopMatters
June 12, 2019

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

Princess Weekes
The Mary Sue
June 11, 2019

This could have been a much more thoughtful exploration if it showed us more about why Karl and Danny are drawn to each other, besides the two actors' amazing chemistry.

Charles Pulliam-Moore
io9.com
June 11, 2019

Though Black Mirror has centered queer characters in previous storylines, "Striking Vipers" stands out for focusing on two middle-aged black men grappling with their sexuality and rethinking how they understand themselves.

Gina Carbone
CinemaBlend
June 10, 2019

Nicole Beharie steals the whole thing as Danny's strong-willed, but ultimately open-minded wife.

Bobby Roberts
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
June 10, 2019

It just frames those questions in a new enough way that some viewers (and specifically, awkward, repressed men unwilling to honestly engage emotionally) might better see themselves reflected

Guy Lodge
Guardian
Top Critic
June 10, 2019

In Striking Vipers, however, the feelings between its part-time lovers appear to change between dimensions - not least because their bodies (and, in one case, gender) are likewise transformed.

Inkoo Kang
Slate
Top Critic
June 7, 2019

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

Tasha Robinson
The Verge
June 7, 2019

[Striking Vipers] gets into some surprisingly grown-up themes about desire versus responsibility, and reality versus fantasy.

Haleigh Foutch
Collider
June 6, 2019

They are fascinating questions... Unfortunately, Brooker's script largely skates on the surface, content to posit deep philosophical questions without actually exploring those depths.

Proma Khosla
Mashable
June 6, 2019

An episode that could have been stigmatizing or even homophobic instead leaves us to unpack a rich friendship and open our minds to new relationships and how to make them work.

Gretchen Felker-Martin
Polygon
June 6, 2019

"Striking Vipers" relies on a sketchy script and the provocative nature of its gender-and-sexuality-blurring, sci-fi conceit to stretch maybe 11 minutes of thematic content like boardwalk taffy.

Jennifer Bisset
CNET
June 6, 2019

This is one of those episodes of TV that feels fresh. It'll bring other great Black Mirror episode San Junipero to mind, as well as The Entire History of You and Be Right Back, both tender looks at heartbreak and humanity.

Ella Kemp
Culture Whisper
June 5, 2019

Whenever this story, a younger spiritual sibling of San Junipero loses in verbal sensitivity, it gains in corporeal rewards.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christian Holub
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
June 5, 2019

The new season of Black Mirror certainly starts off with a bang. Quite a few of them, actually.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Robert Rorke
New York Post
Top Critic
June 5, 2019

Mackie and Mateen deftly convey the exciting but threatening change in their relationship.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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