One of the most intelligent series of all time, Black Mirror is back with a new season.
Striking Vipers is an episode about friendship, relationships, exploring sexuality, and how a slight infusion of technology could affect everything around you.
While the concept (as always) and the performances are impressive, the ending makes the episode a tad average.
Here's our review of Striking Vipers.
Watch it with friends to experience a world of discomfiture
If you like awkward moments, the episode has plenty. It does apply to straight male viewers only though.
The story focuses on a couple, Danny and Theo (Anthony Mackie and Nicole Beharie) and their dynamic with a common friend Karl (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II).
The two males are shown bonding over a video game called Striking Vipers.
The story then takes an 11-year leap.
Two friends trying to adjust to their new lives
We meet the friends again on Danny's birthday where he's now a married man with a toddler and Karl is single, trying to date younger women.
Both are still adjusting in their lives.
The story takes a turn when Karl gifts Danny a new, futuristic VR version of Striking Vipers where players can project their consciousness in the game's characters, stimulating all physical sensations.