Black Mirror: Season 1, Episode 2

Fifteen Million Merits (11 Dec. 2011)

TV Episode  -   -  Comedy | Drama | Thriller
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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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Dustin
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Judge Charity
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Judge Wraith
Isabella Laughland ...
Swift
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Oliver
Colin Michael Carmichael ...
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Jaimi Barbakoff ...
Anna
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Hot Shot Registration Lady
Matthew Burgess ...
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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 song Abi Kahn sings during "Fifteen Million Merits" is "Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)", recorded by Irma Thomas in 1964. See more »

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An innocent soul in a questionable digital utopia
15 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This story is called "Fifteen Million Merits", it's an alternative world in which people ride cycles to gather credits, to buy items for their avatars, to buy sustenance, and basic needs. It's a world where each individual is forced to watch commercials or pay fees to mute or get rid of them. What might seem like a digital utopia to some, turns into a hell for others.

Bing is an innocent soul who falls in love, and wishes for his love to succeed. He spends 15 million credits to help his love to get a chance of a lifetime. Unbeknownst to him (and the rest of the world), contestants are drugged to do whatever the leaders tell them to do on a grimy sleazy talent show.

What happens next might shock, it might surprise, but it definitely will amaze you to see that this alternative universe isn't that far off from our world today... or what it could be tomorrow.


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