Abi’s song from “Black Mirror” Season 1, Episode 2

The Internet is a fine thing.  Below is the complete rendition of Irma Thomas’ “Anyone Who Knows What Love is,” performed by the character of Abi in “Black Mirror’s” second episode of Season 1.  It’s a beautiful song, and a real highlight of the episode, “Fifteen Million Merits.”  The talented actress here is Jessica Brown Findlay.

The song actually pops up in another episode of “Black Mirror.”  (I am new to the show, but I am enjoying it chronologically with a dear friend of mine who has already seen all the episodes.)  Season 2’s tour de force, “White Christmas,” has one character singing the song in a karaoke bar.  My friend pointed out that we briefly glimpse an in-universe TV show in the very same episode, in which dancers are seen on a stage that looks like the one in “Fifteen Million Merits.”

Do all (or some) of “Black Mirror’s” episodes take place in the same fictional universe?  It kinda feels plausible.  The variations of optically linked computers in different episodes, for example, seem to dovetail pretty nicely.

 

That time when Sherlock and Watson grew up.

“Sherlock” Season 4, Episode 2. The three-way conversation in this scene gets me every time. It might have been the best segment of the entire show in some ways.

Yes, there were some strange tonal and stylistic changes in this last season. But Season 4 also offered some of the show’s best screenwriting and acting. The depth and maturity of this scene alone makes all the previous episodes (which were all outstanding) seem sophomoric by comparison.

This was the season when the two lead characters stopped resembling only fun, quip-a-minute 20-something yuppies and became mature adults and equal partners. This and the change in the show’s tone were both brave creative choices on the part of the writers.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — I’ve loved the Sherlock Holmes books and stories since I was a kid, and this might be the best film or television adaptation I’ve ever seen.

 

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