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Black Mirror

Black Mirror

Mon Feb 25, 10-11.05pm, C4

By Gabriel Tate
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Series two, episode three
When failed comedian Jamie Salter (Daniel Rigby) channels his personal and professional frustrations through Waldo, the aforementioned bear he voices, and unleashes his contempt on an unsuspecting politician (Tobias Menzies), he unwittingly captures the prevailing mood of public disaffection. With a by-election approaching and his backers keen to secure a series for Waldo, the stars are aligned for a paradigm shift in electoral politics.

The most successful instalments of Charlie Brooker’s ‘Black Mirror’ have taken latent concerns about techonology and society, infused them with real dread and then sent them spinning off in entirely unexpected directions. But ‘The Waldo Project’, which closes this second series, springs no such surprises: the execution of the concept is strangely simplistic and linear, while enough jokers get elected these days to make even a blue animated bear running for government barely worth a raised eyebrow.
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