I’m just piping in here to say that I still enjoy “Black Mirror” — even after Season 5 left a lot of fans nonplussed. No, this tonally different, three-episode arc wasn’t the show’s best season, but it was still a decent watch. I had some minor criticisms, but I’d rate it an 8 out of 10.
Perhaps predictably, my favorite of the three was “Smithereens.” Not only did it most closely follow the tone and dialogue of past seasons, it boasted a fine lead performance by Andrew Scott, better known to many of us as Moriarty from Britain’s “Sherlock” (2010-2017).
For those of you who are wondering why the “season” was so short, I read today that “Bandersnatch” was supposed to be a part of it, and was produced at about the same time. The showrunners then decided to make that episode a standalone feature, given its unique nature.
This comes from BBC Entertainment News — Andrew Scott (maybe best known to American audiences as James Moriarty from “Sherlock”) performing Hamlet’s famous soliloquy.
The second season of “Sherlock” deserves a 10 out of 10, as the first did. (These “seasons” are really just a trio of feature-length made-for-tv movies.) It has the same fantastic writing, and great acting by Benedict Cumberbatch, along with all the great nods to the original books and stories.
It even gets better, with a logically expanding story that covers the detective’s rise (and fall) as a celebrity, and his final confrontation with James Moriarity, wonderfully played by Andrew Scott. This is one of the best tv shows I’ve ever seen. It’s got all of the flair of a great literary adaptation, with the tension of a procedural thriller like “CSI” or “24.” Amazing stuff.