The following post contains spoilers from Black Mirror Season 4.
"If we're just depressing all the time, it becomes too predictable." That's what Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker told us in 2016 regarding the variety of genres explored in Season 3. So it shouldn't be too surprising that the fourth season, out now on Netflix, includes more breaks from the tech anthology's typically dark outlook. The fourth episode in particular, "Hang the DJ," lives up to Brooker's maxim: It's neither depressing nor predictable. And if you're not watching closely, a little mystifying.
"Hang the DJ," introduces viewers to Frank (Joe Cole) and Amy (Georgina Campbell), two Millennial stand-ins testing a new dating app with an alarmingly high success rate. There's an easy comparison to be made between this episode and Season 3's "San Junipero," a VR-fueled romance set in a California beach town that was so optimistic fans affectionately dubbed it "White Mirror." Yes, "Hang the DJ" is another love story... but it's different. This time the characters are less familiar with the tech in question, a palm-sized disc that logs their interests, matches them with blind dates, and determines how long their relationships will last, all in the name of finding an ultimate match. (Think Tinder, but with less free will.) When we meet Frank and Amy, there's instant chemistry that's a blast to watch. Unfortunately, the app says they're destined for less than a day.