How you digest the very end, IRL Frank and Amy locking eyes at a bar, will depend on what you think of online dating in general. True, their real love story is just beginning, but the app ultimately makes the choice for Frank and Amy -- meaning the app, on some level, is still dictating their lives, right? Or, you might wonder, If the app didn't exist, would they have ever met? What if they really are great together and its thanks to the app?! These are more complicated questions than they seem, and the episode is more concerned with making you ask them yourself because it can only answer so much. But that might be why "Hang the DJ" stands apart from the Season 4 pack. Many of the other new episodes -- "USS Callister," "Crocodile," "Black Museum," and "Arkangel," especially -- offer bleak warnings. An episode pontificating about the problems of online dating? That would be a drag; fortunately, "Hang the DJ" focuses more on storytelling than ham-handed critique.
For what it's worth, count Brooker among the hopeful. "I think [the end is] a very happy moment and I think Tim did a brilliant job of directing it, and Georgina and Joe did a fantastic part playing that final scene. They know they are destined to have a very serious relationship and they're each others' chosen ones and I think they go through a gamut of emotions," he told EW. "You see them finding it exciting and taking on the weight of it, and then you see Georgina quite playfully just steps toward him at the very end. I hope the takeaway is that it's playful and hopeful."
In our rapidly changing world, in which many technological developments can be construed as negative, "Hang the DJ" is a refreshing dose of optimism -- one that shows this anthology is still at its best when it dares to take risks.