Black Mirror: Season 1, Episode 3

The Entire History of You (18 Dec. 2011)

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In the future, thanks to the Grain, a chip which can be implanted on a hard drive in the brain, every single action that a person makes is recorded and may be played back. Liam, a lawyer, ... See full summary »

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In the future, thanks to the Grain, a chip which can be implanted on a hard drive in the brain, every single action that a person makes is recorded and may be played back. Liam, a lawyer, married with a child, suspects that his wife Fi is having a fling with the brash Jonas, whom they meet at a dinner party. After playing clips from his own 'Grain' his suspicions are confirmed, and he gets drunk and attacks Jonas, forcing the guilty pair to show him what is in their memory banks. In fact the affair has been going on for months and Liam attacks Jonas, demanding that he erase all memories of Fi from his brain. This, however, does not result in marital reconciliation. Written by don @ minifie-1

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When the group of friends is discussing memories at the dinner party, part of the conversation is an implicit reference to the "Memory Wars" of the 1990s, when a battle ensued between different groups of psychotherapists and members of the public, with some cases of "planted memories" (particularly of incest or other sexual transgressions) surfacing. This led to many debates in psychiatric circles in North America and Europe over how memory works and to what degree organic memory could be relied upon to discern truth, particularly as time went on. It appears that this theme was at least part of the inspiration for the episode. See more »

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Playback's a bitch.
19 February 2013 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

The third, and final, episode in the first season of Black Mirror maintains the quality and cynicism of the first two episodes, completing a mini-series that stands as some of the very best UK TV of 2011.

The basic idea being looked at here is total recall. No, not the fun Arnie movie from the 1980s. In the near future, people can have a chip implanted into their brains that can allow them to record and review every single moment of their life. Which is a fantastic invention when it comes to remembering faces and helping you find wherever you last put your car keys but not so good when you start acting like Liam (Toby Kebbell) does or when you get caught having made too many deletions. Liam starts to become quite obsessive, starting with going over his work performance review. He then starts to worry about his wife (Jodie Whittaker) and beings to go over everything that he's recorded recently.

Just when you think that Black Mirror couldn't get any darker . . . . . it does. Picking the most thought-provoking, devastating episode out of the first three is a nigh-on impossible task, but there's a good case to be made for "The Entire History Of You". It starts off with a central character clearly not at his most comfortable and then continues to make him wriggle and squirm and slide downwards into an unhealthy mindset before finishing up with a real gut punch of a final scene.

Kebbell is as superb as he always is, Whittaker is very good and Tom Cullen does well in the role of Jonas, a man who Liam thinks may have feelings for his wife.

Directed by Brian Welsh and written by Jesse Armstrong (so Charlie Brooker can't take the credit for this one, despite it feeling as if it could have come straight from his venom-tipped pen), this is an unsettling and mesmerising watch. But that's what every episode of Black Mirror is and that's what makes it unmissable.


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