An American traveler short on cash signs up to test a revolutionary new gaming system, but soon can't tell where the hot game ends and reality begins.


Dan Trachtenberg


Charlie Brooker





Episode credited cast:
Wyatt Russell ... Cooper Redfield
Hannah John-Kamen ... Sonja
Wunmi Mosaku ... Katie
Ken Yamamura ... Shou Saito
Elizabeth Moynihan ... Cooper's Mum
Jamie Christofersen ... Rick Peters (as Jamie Paul)
Jessica Neil Jessica Neil ... Scared Girl on Plane (as Jessica Nell)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alessandro Neri Alessandro Neri ... Tourist


An American traveler short on cash signs up to test a revolutionary new gaming system, but soon can't tell where the hot game ends and reality begins.

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller


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The "game" is inspired by games like Resident Evil (1996) and Silent Hill (1999). See more »


When Katie leaves the room, the clock on the wall has a time of 5:35, when Cooper takes a photo of the contents of the suitcase, it reads 5:37, when Katie returns to the room the clock has a time of 5:34. See more »


Katie: We're going to commence with deactivation.
Cooper: Oh, that's great news.
Katie: We need you to follow instructions and make it to the access point.
Cooper: The access point? Great. Where the fuck's the access point?... Oh, fuck! More stairs? Come on!
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References Gran Turismo 6 (2013) See more »


Mama Liked The Roses
Written by John L. Christopher
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First time an horror genre took it a step further
24 December 2018 | by idanschwartz-980-276039See all my reviews

What is so great about this episode is that it starts as any other generic horror movie. A young man in a hunted house, spiders, monsters appearing out of nowhere trying to kill you. This is what we are all use to in horror, and for most of us, like cooper, is so easy to deal with. We laugh it off, we know it's not real. This is not what really scares us, because we know it's just an imaginative figure trying hard to scare us. This is why horror movies are never really scary when you grow up. But this one took it a step further to what is really scary to a human being. The real things. Being trapped with no control in an experiment, no stop words, be alone, have Alzheimer like your father, and finally let you mother die in pain because you ran away missing you with no way to communicate with her. This really touched me, understanding that simply life can be the most terrifying thing, and the monsters in horror movies are just there for fun. Well done.

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21 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)



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2.20 : 1
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