Black Mirror Season 5: Striking Vipers, Male Friendships, and Video Games

Alec Bojalad Jun 5, 2019

Black Mirror Season 5 uses video games to tell a new kind of love story in "Striking Vipers." Or is it more of a friend story?

The following contains spoilers for Black Mirror Season 5 episode “Striking Vipers.”

Black Mirror Season 5 episode “Striking Vipers” understands something about the human condition even if we don’t ourselves. Technology isn’t there to pull humanity kicking and screaming into the future. Its purpose in art is simply to reveal what’s been there all along.

Like all ‘90s kids, I loved playing the N64 game Goldeneye with my friends. Ryan, Jeffrey, and I would choose the Facility map and then spend hours each day shooting at one another. Ryan would always play as Bond villain Alec Trevelyan (which bummed me out because he was one of the few pop culture figures with the same name as me). I would play as Russian Bond girl Natalya Simonova.
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