Victoria wakes up and cannot remember anything about her life. Everyone she encounters refuses to communicate with her.

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Victoria wakes with a head-ache and bandaged wrists,pills spilled on the floor. A strange sign is flickering on the television but she can remember nothing. Outside she meets Jem, a young woman who explains that the signal on the television set comes from the White Bear transmitter. It has turned most of the population into voyeurs who do nothing but watch and sometimes film as a deadly elite known as the hunters kill those unaffected by the signal,such as Jem and Victoria. Escaping from a hunter they reach the White Bear transmitter,which they intend to destroy. However the White Bear set-up is not what it first appears and nor is Victoria. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The original draft of the script was a straightforward survival story, according to Charlie Brooker. It wasn't until he was shown the filming locations that he came up with the twist ending. See more »

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Victoria Skillane: I woke up in this house. I don't even know if it was my house. I don't even know who I am.
Jem: You must know something.
Victoria Skillane: [Victoria shakes her head. Then pulls out a photo of a little girl from her pocket] I think this is my daughter.
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Referenced in Black Mirror: White Christmas (2014) See more »

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19 February 2013 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Charlie Brooker based this particular episode of Black Mirror on an incident that occurred during the filming of Dead Set. While a particularly nasty moment was being filmed, he witnessed some people recording the scene on their mobile phones and found that scarier than what was actually being put into the programme.

How did that influence this episode then? Well, that becomes pretty obvious when the central character (Toni, played by Lenora Crichlow) wanders out of her house, with no memory and a lot of questions, and finds many people hovering near her to record her on their mobile phones. Then someone gets out of a van and tries to shoot her. From that moment on, things just keep getting more surreal and more horrifying for Toni, even as she's helped by Jem (Tuppence Middleton) and finds out a bit more about her situation.

Benefiting from a superb central performance from Crichlow, "White Bear" also features good work from Middleton and Michael Smiley, both playing people dragged into the middle of the proceedings. The writing is strong, of course (I can't think of a non-continuous show written this well since The Twilight Zone), and the direction by Carl Tibbetts is just fine.

Once again, however, this is all about the strength of the ideas being put forward for thought and/or discussion and this is where "White Bear" safely earns its place alongside every other episode of Black Mirror.

From the reviews and feedback I have read so far, it would seem that "White Bear" might end up being the most misunderstood of the Black Mirror episodes so far. Some people have felt satisfaction at the ending (don't worry, no spoilers here) and some people have commented that Brooker is clearly asking us to stop living our lives through screens and viewfinders. Only a few have mentioned the way in which the episode looks at mob mentality, heightened in the internet age to a terrifying degree, and the bloodlust for more and more "fitting" forms of punishment. There are also, of course, the usual questions asked about what people look for in their entertainment - from the gladiator battles of Rome to the humiliating rejections from The X Factor - but it could be argued that "White Bear" packs even more ideas and hot topics into its runtime than any of the preceding episodes.

If you've been watching every episode up to now then you'll know that the statement I've just made is no small feat. Yet another phenomenal episode of a phenomenal series.


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