TV Review: Black Mirror 3×03 “Shut Up and Dance”

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  • Jennings Graves

    I believe you are missing the director’s intent. I do not believe that a) Black Mirror felt that Kenny’s punishment was deserved, or that b) the anonymous blackmailer was the good guy. There are no good guys in this episode. Kenny’s pedophile is portrayed as human. He only becomes a monster at the hands of the blackmailer. Conversely, the blackmailer becomes slightly more justified as the episode unfolds, but never to the point of being redeemable. I think the episode speaks to a larger issue of making moral value judgments. You are forced to empathize with a pedophile, and once you’ve felt that empathy you can’t unfeel it. You are forced outside your own comfort zone, made to acknowledge uncomfortable feelings.