There are probably a lot of people chugging Starbucks at their desks and heaping on mascara to look more awake (no, just me?) because Black Mirror released three new episodes on Netflix at, like, 3 a.m. last night. Sleep deprivation aside, the episode “Striking Vipers” gave us lots to talk about and has Twitter doing what Twitter does best—dissecting and thoughtfully discussing things in a pleasant and mature manner. Hahahahaha JK, JK, Twitter fans are fully flipping out and making memes, per usual.
Spoilers for the Black Mirror season 5 episode “Striking Vipers” are ahead.
In case you valued your sleep last night and missed the new season’s first episode, “Striking Vipers” centers around a man named Danny who starts to have virtual sex with his friend Karl (via video game characters Lance and Roxette) in a fighting game called “Striking Vipers.” Also, at some point, Karl’s virtual character has sex with a polar bear. Not exactly a run-of-the-mill storyline, but hey, it’s Black Mirror, what did you expect?
Predictably, once the episode ended on that final scene of Danny’s birthday, people immediately had feelings to share.
They ranged from the elated:
“Striking Vipers” is the best and most thought-provoking #BlackMirror of the new season by a large margin. Always nice to have a reminder of how good Nicole Beharie really is.
Black mirror really knew what they were doing with striking vipers DURING pride month pic.twitter.com/VAPWR4dfHd
To the straight-up shook:
when you dont think the ending of Striking Vipers is anything too special until it keeps continuing on#BlackMirror pic.twitter.com/a6MAXzTm38
15 minutes into striking vipers: this is so Underwhelming ma
5 minutes after: OH MY GDOELSKFKWK
I did not see that coming #StrikingVipers #BlackMirror pic.twitter.com/akmKx2eZQ6
To the people who just wanted to share some polar bear pics:
black mirror striking vipers spoilers with no context: pic.twitter.com/gVkuge0C7T
watchin black mirror striking vipers n theguy in the videogame is so cute… pic.twitter.com/r6WqT5C4Bm
Anyway, if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s on Netflix right now, but if not, here’s one final polar bear pic to get you through the workday. You’re welcome.
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