Black Mirror (2011– )
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In near-future London, police detective Karin Parke, and her tech-savvy sidekick Blue, investigate a string of mysterious deaths with a sinister link to social media.

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... Karin Parke
... Blue Colson
... Shaun Li
... Rasmus Sjolberg
... Nick Shelton
... Jo Powers
... Tusk
... Tom Pickering
Esther Hall ... Vanessa Dahl
... Clara Meades
... Liza Bahar
... Tess Wallender
... Garrett Scholes
Cecilia Noble ... Dame Patricia Lamarr
... Dana Costello
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In near-future London, police detective Karin Parke, and her tech-savvy sidekick Blue, investigate a string of mysterious deaths with a sinister link to social media.

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21 October 2016 (USA)  »

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In the opening scenes, DCI Parke turns on the UKN 6pm news. The news ticker shows three notable items: In the far shot there is a headline reading 'Saitogemu team investigated over tourist disappearance", the videogame company in S3E2 "Playtest" and 'Victoria Skillane in jail cell suicide attempt', the central character in S2E2 "White Bear" In the closer shot, the headline reads 'US military announces MASS project', referring to the software seen in the previous episode (S3E5) "Men Against Fire". See more »

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MRI magnetic fields are generally left on at all times. It can take up to 30 minutes for the field to dissipate. If the field was strong enough to pull out the mechanical bee, it would still be too strong soon after for someone to just pull it off of the MRI.

However, in case of emergency (such as as a small metallic object being inadvertently removed from a patients skull) there is the option to "quench" an MRI, which shuts down the magnetic field almost instantly. It works by rapidly releasing the liquid helium in gaseous form. In order to be used again, the liquid helium inside the scanner has to be refilled, making a quench an expensive procedure. See more »

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Shaun Li: Government's not going to pump billions into it just cause some lab coat says so, and it grabs 200 green votes. They saw an opportunity to get more, they took it.
Chloe 'Blue' Perrine: Total nationwide surveillance.
Shaun Li: We tracked suspects for weeks in ways they couldn't dream of. We prevented bombings, mass shootings.
Chloe 'Blue' Perrine: By spying on the public.
Shaun Li: And keeping them safe, which is what they want.
Chloe 'Blue' Perrine: Clara Meades isn't safe, though, is she, Shaun? Knowing what you knew, that might've helped us, but no, you kept your little ...
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References Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (1984) See more »

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Fall into Me
Performed by Alev Lenz.
Produced by Martin Phipps.
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Top-Notch TV
27 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

As others have mentioned, the intensity and quality of this episode is good enough to merit a feature film. At first, I was a bit leery of the now-standard sci-fi murder procedural. We see way too much of that in American Sci-fi TV that seeks to cover a lack of sci-fi contextual imagination with the same old murder-of-the-week tropes.

Thankfully, that's not what evolves in this episode. As the murder investigation expands, so does our understanding of the bigger picture and the larger questions (privacy- safety-security)and controllable(?) technology. In concert with these larger philosophical/political issues, the actual story keeps expanding in pace and scope. Soon, before you know it, you're saying "whoa ... " and wonder how this is going to play out.

I won't reveal any spoilers. Like any high-quality fiction, there are unforeseen twists that are realistic in retrospect, and one must watch and pay attention until the very end.


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