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Striking Vipers | Black Mirror S05:E01

TV-MA | | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller | Episode aired 5 June 2019

Danny and Karl were best friends in college. Eleven years later and Danny has built a strong lifestyle with a wife and son while Karl remains wild, seemingly incapable of growing up. When the two friends reconnect at a birthday party, they seem to find their old groove. However, the innovation of virtual reality introduces new possibilities. While playing a nostalgic video game from their youth, both men discover a new form of satisfaction.

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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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As if the human race was ever going to use fully immersive VR for anything but CGI-enhanced sex. In this instance, a pair of bros discover that they’re not as hetero as they thought when they can’t stop banging each other’s brains out while inhabiting their shredded Asian avatars in a souped-up Tekken knockoff. The episode plows through a set of emotional conditions requiring the utmost delicacy and sensitivity, first going for awkward laughs and then just awkwardness, ultimately melting into a pile of unearned sap. After posing novel questions to itself about desire, the script’s sense of self-inquiry never matures past “It’s not gay if he’s a she, right?” Lead actors Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Anthony Mackie share minimal chemistry, though the episode’s most craven move has to be contriving a loophole giving the romantic opposites an easy out. (They’re supposed to show no visible attraction to one another, you see!)

Source: vulture.com