Tim Van Patten brings dating sites to life in episode “Hang The DJ” of the Netflix original show “Black Mirror.”
Every person on the planet owns some kind of super intelligent device that they call “coach,” which gives them information from day-to-day life, but also their next romantic partner. Their lives revolve solely around trying to find the perfect match, allowed and supported by “The System,” which never fails and has a 99.9 percent success rate when pairing someone with their soulmate.
Frank and Amy meet, and the idea is that they have a determined amount of hours, days, months, or even years in which they will be together, but even though they feel that they match so well, they only get 12 hours to be together.
That’s where the problem roots in. After they part ways and fall apart as soon as they tried to build something up — they get paired again, but with different people. Amy gets what some girls would see as a really hot guy, and Frank isn’t that lucky. They both get around a year with their partners, and even though Amy’s hot guy is hot, they don’t fit well, and Frank’s girl hates his guts.
The system pairs them together again after those misfortunes, and they agree on not seeing how much time their relationship will be alive for. But Frank gets antsy knowing that they have an end date, and decides to look without telling Amy. He sees that they went from five years, to three, to one, and it becomes less and less until they have 20 hours left. Frank, distraught and angered, later tells Amy, and she gets angry at him (who wouldn’t?).
Though they fight, they know that they love each other, which leads up to them running away and climbing up a wall that circles around the city. At the end, they reunite with other couples that also rioted against the system, and we notice that that’s the way that it works — bringing couples together and letting them fight against the authority for the sake of their love, seeing how big it really is.
The technological aspect, like in all other “Black Mirror” episodes, is something that catches our eye every time, as well as the storyline. You have to pay attention at the end if you want to catch the whole idea on how they got to be together because it can get a little bit confusing.
Overall, I would say it’s a good episode that proceeds “Black Mirror”‘s popularity.
Laura Caicedo is a sophomore journalism major. This review reflects the opinion of the author only.