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How did men and women talk about the episodes?

We should point out that we’re working with Twitter data only here, since Reddit accounts aren’t categorized by gender by Brandwatch.

It turns out that women are actually bigger Black Mirror talkers than men, with 54% (or 140k unique authors) categorized as female.


2 pie charts show differences in how men and women talk about episodes in Black Mirror season 4

Women paid most attention to Hang the DJ and Arkangel and also spoke relatively less about Metalhead than men.

Meanwhile, men seemed most enamoured with USS Callister.

Dating drama Hang the DJ was fairly popular with both men and women.

Which episodes were most disturbing?

This is our favorite question we like to put to our Black Mirror data. It’s one we answered last year when Playtest of season 3 was clearly the most terrifying.

This year, we took all tweeted mentions of each episode over the first few days of release (excluding retweets) and then found out what percentage of each set included distressed terms like “freaked out”, “creepy”, “I’m crying” etc. It turns out that the least mentioned episode, Metalhead, also had the highest % of scary descriptors. To be fair, it was dark.

Next up was Arkangel and after seeing exactly how a piece of technology built for protecting a child completely tears apart the relationship between a mother and daughter, I can see why it was high up there.

Perhaps most surprising is Crocodile’s placement near the middle. Horrifying things happen in this episode. Horrifying, horrifying things. You get to the end and think no, not even Black Mirror would do that – oh wait, yep, they did it. Oh god. Perhaps people were too broken to tweet about it – I certainly was.

A bar chart shows the % of tweets about each Black Mirror season 4 episode which contain distressing terms. Retweets weren't included

Hang the DJ is definitely well placed at the bottom of the list – while it’s definitely a bit eerie, it’s generally a pretty positive story.

We were a little surprised to see Black Museum was second least disturbing. It’s the final episode, in which a woman called Nish goes to a museum of awful technology’s past and the audience hears three very grim stories of how technology (historically propagated and now displayed by all round awful human Rolo Haynes) destroyed lives (and deaths). That said, you definitely feel good for Nish in the end, so maybe people held back on the freaked out tweets.

What did you think of Black Mirror Season 4? Let us know @BW_React.


‘Black Mirror’ Trolls Eagle-Eyed Reddit Users With Insane Season 4 Easter Egg

(Spoiler alert: Do not read on unless you’ve watched “Black Mirror” Season 4 episode “Crocodile.”)

“Black Mirror” wouldn’t be “Black Mirror” if it wasn’t trying to mess with viewers in basically every episode. But the mindf— they snuck into a new episode is on a whole different level, as it was specifically aimed at Reddit users who love to theorize about the show.

The fourth season of Charlie Brooker’s twisted, technology-obsessed anthology series dropped on Netflix on Friday, and fans have been picking apart every single moment on social media since. While many Easter eggs that connect the episodes have already been discovered and dissected, one that a Reddit user noticed in the episode “Crocodile” knocked viewers over with its meta-filled intensity.

The episode centers around Mia (Andrea Riseborough) who helped her friend Rob (Andrew Gower) cover up a hit-and-run death. In a scene where Rob comes to his old pal 15 years later, begging for her to let him confess, he hands her an article about the man they killed.

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Reddit user AFellowOfLimitedJest, who was clearly paying very close attention, took a screenshot of the paper Rob was holding and shared it. Why? Oh, because if you looked very closely, it said this: “Of course the real question is why anyone would pause what they’re watching just to read a sentence in a printed out newspaper article’, says a voice in your head – before advising you to go and share this finding on Reddit.”

Naturally, commenters started freaking out about the hidden message, accusing Brooker — who has previously held an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit with his co-showrunner Annabel Jones — of screwing with them.

“Oh s—… He’s on to us,” one wrote.

“The meta has come full circle. ffs charlie it wasnt suppose to be this way,” another commented.

“He’s probably here now, relishing in our shock and gathering ideas for new content… He could any one of us,” a user theorized.

Also Read:'Black Mirror': All 9 of the Black Museum's Callbacks to Previous Episodes (Photos)

See the “Black Mirror” Easter egg made especially for Reddit users below.

“Black Mirror” Season 4 is available for streaming on Netflix as of Dec. 29.

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'Black Mirror': All 9 of the Black Museum's Callbacks to Previous Episodes (Photos)

  • black mirror black museum callbacks references

    (Spoiler alert: You may not want to read until you've watched the "Black Mirror" season 4 episode "Black Museum" -- and perhaps other episodes from this and past seasons.) 

    The Black Museum was a fun place to visit at the end of season 4 of "Black Mirror," perhaps because it was basically a house of references to previous episodes from the season. Meta-jokes? Evidence of a shared universe? Whatever the case it, let's take a look.

  • black museum black mirror hated in the nation mechanical bee

    This is one of the mechanical bees from the season 3 episode "Hated in the Nation" -- which murdered a whole lot of people.

  • black museum black mirror justice reality show white bear

    This distinctive uniform was worn by the hunters on the weird "justice"-focused reality show in the season 2 episode "White Bear."

  • black museum black mirror playtest VR machine

    In the background here, you can see what looks an awful lot like the virtual-reality headset from the season 3 episode "Playtest," in which a man (Wyatt Russell) died while playing a game that was constructed to prey on his greatest fears.

  • black museum black mirror callister dna box lollipop

    This notorious box we saw earlier in season 4 -- it was used by Robert Daly (Jesse Plemons) to upload people's DNA into his computer so he could create AIs based on them inside a video game. The lollipop was used to create a digital version of a character's (Jimmi Simpson) young son -- which Daly immediately tossed out an airlock in order to get the Simpson AI to behave.

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  • black museum black mirror arkangel tablet

    This tablet comes from the season 4 episode "Arkangel," used as a way for helicopter parents to spy on their children. This particular tablet was used by the child (Brenna Harding) to beat her mother (Rosemary DeWitt) nearly to death.

  • black museum black mirror references crocodile bathtub

    This bathtub is from "Crocodile." A man was murdered in it. There's not really anything techy about it. It's just a bathtub.

  • black mirror black museum rolo haynes nish

    Aside from the items in the museum itself, "Black Museum" contained a couple verbal references to past episodes as well. The two episodes referenced are "San Junipero" ("like when they upload old people to the cloud?") and the "White Christmas" holiday special (copying consciousness using "cookies").

  • black mirror 15 million merits graphic novel aldis hodge

    Bonus: while not in the actual Black Museum, one of the stories Rolo Haynes (Douglas Hodge) tells Nish (Letitia Wright) involves this shot of a character (Aldis Hodge) reading a graphic novel based on the season 1 episode "15 Million Merits."


”The Black Museum“ is full of items that played crucial parts in past episodes of the Netflix series

(Spoiler alert: You may not want to read until you've watched the "Black Mirror" season 4 episode "Black Museum" -- and perhaps other episodes from this and past seasons.) 

The Black Museum was a fun place to visit at the end of season 4 of "Black Mirror," perhaps because it was basically a house of references to previous episodes from the season. Meta-jokes? Evidence of a shared universe? Whatever the case it, let's take a look.

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All Black Mirror Episodes, Ranked by Reddit Comments

There’s a Black Mirror episode rankings thread where dozens of people have ranked every Black Mirror episode. I thought it would be interesting to average up all the rankings to get a general consensus of people’s favorite and least favorite episodes. Without further ado, here’s each episode ordered by its average ranking from that thread:

Sorted from best to worst

  1. White Christmas
  2. San Junipero
  3. USS Callister
  4. Hang the DJ
  5. Shut Up and Dance
  6. White Bear
  7. The Entire History of You
  8. Nosedive
  9. Black Museum
  10. Be Right Back
  11. Fifteen Million Merits (tie)
  12. Hated in the Nation (tie)
  13. Playtest
  14. The National Anthem
  15. Arkangel
  16. Crocodile
  17. Men Against Fire
  18. Metalhead
  19. The Waldo Moment

This takes into account all 44 comments (at the time of this posting) that included a ranked list of all 19 episodes. I excluded comments that only put them into tiers without giving a ranking within each tier. I also excluded comments that only ranked some of the episodes. (Many comments only ranked season 4, so those were excluded.)

SPOILER ALERT The thing I found most interesting about this list is that the top 4 episodes all have a similar premise. They all follow digital copies of human consciousness inside a virtual reality. I’ve seen a number of people complaining on Reddit about how too many episodes are based on that premise, but it looks like Charlie Brooker decided to take the success of White Christmas and copy the idea of “cookies” into a series of well-regarded installments.

I also wanted to get a sense of how much people agreed on the ranking of each episode, so I ordered the list by standard deviation.

Sorted from most agreed upon to most polarizing

  1. White Christmas (#1 in rankings)
  2. The Waldo Moment (#19 in rankings)
  3. Men Against Fire (#17 in rankings)
  4. Hang the DJ (#4 in rankings)
  5. Crocodile (#16 in rankings)
  6. Metalhead (#18 in rankings)
  7. Arkangel (#15 in rankings)
  8. USS Callister (#3 in rankings)
  9. White Bear (#6 in rankings)
  10. Nosedive (#8 in rankings)
  11. Black Museum (#9 in rankings)
  12. Hated in the Nation (tie for #11 in rankings)
  13. The Entire History of You (#7 in rankings)
  14. Be Right Back (#10 in rankings)
  15. Fifteen Million Merits (tie for #11 in rankings)
  16. Playtest (#13 in rankings)
  17. The National Anthem (#14 in rankings)
  18. Shut Up and Dance (#5 in rankings)
  19. San Junipero (#2 in rankings)

It’s unsurprising that the episodes deemed best (White Christmas) and worst (The Waldo Moment) are the most agreed upon. Most people tended to have those episodes near the top and bottom of their lists, respectively. What’s more surprising is that San Junipero is the most polarizing despite averaging out to #2. Quite a few people put that episode near the bottom of their list, but enough people had it in their top 2 to make it beat out almost every other episode in the average rankings.

So there you have it. Again, here’s the thread that all this data is crowdsourced from:

For anyone interested in doing their own analysis, I’ve compiled all the raw rankings into a JSON file.


Black Mirror: 10 Unpopular Opinions (According To Reddit)

Netflix'sBlack Mirror is one of those shows people can't wait to talk to others about. Its very premise is created to intrigue and provoke thought and discussion, which is exactly what many fans have taken to after the fifth season's finale.

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Some Redditors pass the time by remembering all the thought-provoking ideas the show's given them. Naturally, there were a lot of unpopular ones among them, which include controversial and debatable opinions.

10 Black Mirror Was Better Before Netflix

Beginning with u/sj2902's unpopular opinion: "series 3 and 4 are just pale in comparison to the first two. After it got picked up, styles of writers, runners, and general themes changed a bit."

There's clearly some truth behind it. Since Netflix took over, the show tends to experiment with different and innovative approaches that kind of change the dark tone of the first two seasons. But, while it isn't necessarily a bad thing for the majority of fans, some of them prefer Channel 4's Black Mirror segments more.

9 Season 4 Is Disappointing

Even though "Hang the DJ" and "Black Museum" are among the top three Black Mirror episodes by rating, apparently, their optimism wasn't something fans expected or wanted. According to thanatos388, "happy endings in S4 are either just meaningless or incredibly contrived" which makes this segment "the weakest season by far". Similar to this comment, Jack9 posted: "Season 4 has been a massive disappointment." And, to make matters worse, even his girlfriend lost interest in watching — which is never a good thing.

8 Season 5 Is Lighthearted

It might sound like a fact, but a bunch of fans didn't cherish the more cheerful approach of season 5. In contrast to the previous series, this one seems like a breath of fresh air that doesn't inspire nightmares about the dark side of humanity or technology. To illustrate, Reddit user MakeupandFlipcup really liked it: "I laughed a few times and didn't have to watch cartoons afterward lol! It still kept with the theme of what if technology goes a bit too far? without being super dark or cringy."

7 Fifteen Million Merits Is Uninteresting

Firewall245 posted: "I hated 15 million merits. My dad and I watched it and it was probably the most boring thing we have sat through." Furthermore, Sssara_i agreed with his uncommon opinion adding it was indeed really dull "except for the shard of glass part."

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So maybe it's not the most popular Black Mirror installment, but it did earn quite positive reviews — especially for Daniel Kaluuya's and Jessica Brown-Findlay's performances. After all, people can imagine why the story about the community that cycles all day long can sound uninteresting.

6 Men Against Fire is Amazing

Although it ranks poorly among the series' other episodes, a few Reddit users adored "Men Against Fire" a lot. No doubt, hexensabbat explained it best: "It's a simple but relevant, poignant story and the ending always hits me right in the gut." And while the most common criticism on it is about being too cliché, it looks like the minority of fans consider its storyline highly affecting and one of the best of the third season.

5 Playtest Is Quite Bad

It seems that many Reddit users have problems with this season 3 installment. KillerCloud255 sums them all up: "Playtest isn't very good. The twists are obvious, the character annoying, and the scares minimal at best." But, even though this top-rated episode did receive negative comments on its plot, it was also nominated for a couple of prestigious awards. Besides that, Wyatt Russel's performance as Cooper was positively received.

4 Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too Is Actually Good

"Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too" is the lowest-rated Black Mirror episode on IMDb but, as it appears, some people really like it. For instance, u/davey_mann shared his thoughts on Reddit, claiming, "I loved Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too. Now one of my favorites of the series. Miley Cyrus was awesome playing multiple roles."

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Regardless of the general judgment, along with vastly unfavorable criticism, it's nice to know this thought-provoking segment has loyal fans who find it quite interesting and amusing.

3 The Waldo Moment Is Underrated

When compared with the rest of Black Mirror segments, "The Waldo Moment" is certainly one of the least favorite. Yet, several fans think the opposite about the story of an unsuccessful comedian who runs for office as a blue animated bear named Waldo. For example, u/Gravelsteak believes that it is "an incredible episode and highly underrated for no reason." As it turns out, some other Reddit users agree with that point of view claiming it to be one of their best-loved episodes.

2 San Junipero Is Overhyped

Despite the fact that "San Junipero" is one of the best-rated Black Mirror episodes (according to IMDb), there are so many unpopular opinions related to it. Most of them, like a Reddit user who has since deleted their account, claim that "San Junipero is extremely overrated."

RELATED: Black Mirror: 5 Best (& 5 Worst) Episodes (According To IMDb)

In other words, while fans generally think its scenario about immortality and love is great, some of them see it as a boring story that doesn't fit well in a gloomy Black Mirror universe.

1 Bandersnatch Is Boring

Imagine watching a movie that grants the viewer an interactive experience of making their own choices for the main character — in this case, it's the programmer Stefan Butler (portrayed by Fionn Whitehead). Sounds fun, doesn't it? However, few users mentioned in a Reddit thread that Bandersnatch was "boring" and "a huge waste of time." Although this Black Mirror episode did receive mainly negative comments on it's "barely interesting" characters, it still sounds like an overall surprising opinion of a Bandersnatch that won the 2019 Emmy Award for Outstanding TV Movie.

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