Black Mirror: Season 1, Episode 2

Fifteen Million Merits (11 Dec. 2011)

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In a bleak,automated future Britain Bing is one of millions who pedal exercise bikes to create energy as a living. Their currency is merits, tokens with which to buy food from vending ... See full summary »

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Bing
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Abi
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Dustin
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Judge Charity
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Judge Wraith
Isabella Laughland ...
Swift
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Oliver
Colin Michael Carmichael ...
Kai (as Colin Carmichael)
Hannah John-Kamen ...
Selma Telse
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Glee
Eugene O'Hare ...
Hammond
Jaimi Barbakoff ...
Anna
Merce Ribot ...
Big Shot Registration Lady
Matthew Burgess ...
Botherguts Host
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In a bleak,automated future Britain Bing is one of millions who pedal exercise bikes to create energy as a living. Their currency is merits, tokens with which to buy food from vending machines and which can be increased or decreased according to which shows one watches on giant television screens. A popular choice is 'Botherguts', which humiliates over-weight citizens. But Bing uses his merits as entrance money to get sweet-voiced fellow worker Abi onto the TV talent contest 'Hot Shot'. Unfortunately, despite her talent, she is but one of a glut of singers and ends up on the porn channel 'Wraith Babes'. An enraged Bing saves up another lot of merits and gets onto 'Hot Shot' to denounce its falseness. But will he be seen as a new Messiah or a voice crying in the wind and forced to sell out? Written by don @ minifie-1

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The real genius of this story
14 February 2013 | by (East Meadow, NY) – See all my reviews

The real genius of this story wasn't so much the setting, or even most of the plot. The dystopian future this is taking place in with two modes of life - underground, in a sort of indentured servitude, or in the penthouses with a view - isn't all that original either. What i loved about this episode was the ending. It wasn't a dramatic ending. It wasn't a happy ending. It was a depressing ending. The protagonist starts out with morals and a stand to take and ends up consumed by the consumerism he makes money off of. Its disconcerting most of all because i think it rings true. And it's creepy how true the entire setting seems.


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