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The future is here. Black Mirror season five is on Netflix RIGHT now. The new season is made up of three episodes: Smithereens, Striking Vipers and Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too. The three new stories are written by Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones. Before you sit down and decide which episode you want to destroy your mind with first, here's a brief Black Mirror season five review of each one.

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Black Mirror season five episode artwork

The new season looks deeper into social media and technology developments. This includes looking at artificial intelligence, smart technology and virtual reality. Here's what people are saying about each episode:

Episode one – Striking Vipers

The description for this episode reads: "When old college friends Danny and Karl reconnect in a VR version of their favourite video game, the late-night sessions yield an unexpected discovery."

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Striking Vipers on Netflix

The Independent gives the episode four out of five stars in its Black Mirror season five review. The review says the episode is "examining a brave new world of virtual sex" and is "a story underpinned by timeless themes of fidelity, family, fantasy fulfilment and that old dramatic chestnut, the love triangle."

The review adds that the episode "yields a nuanced depiction of marriage, parenthood and the erosion of spontaneity that both can bring." It concludes that Striking Vipers is "distinctive by its meditative tone and everyday preoccupations. It's all the better for it."

Here's what Twitter has been saying:

Episode two – Smithereens

The description for Smithereens says: "A London ride share driver ignites an international crisis when he kidnaps a worker from a social media company". The driver is played by Andrew Scott.

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Andrew Scott in Smithereens

In a Black Mirror season five review, The Telegraph rate this episode four out of five stars. The review says: "Andrew Scott is astonishing as a grief-stricken taxi driver gone rogue."

However, The Independent doesn't rate the episode as highly. Its review gives it three out of five stars and says it has "a thin premise that doesn't justify the running time" (1 hour 10mins). The review says fans will be "disappointed" and "despite a moving ending, Smithereens feels muted rather than subtle."

Here's what Twitter has been saying:

Episode three – Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too

This episode features Miley Cyrus as Ashley, a performer. The description for the episode says: "A lonely teen becomes obsessed with a robot doll, based on her pop star idol Ashley O – just as the real life Ashley's life begins to unravel."

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Miley Cyrus in Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too

This episode is rated the lowest out of three by The Independent, getting just three stars. The review says: "There are a few too many ideas at play in this tale of a popstar whose consciousness is copied into robot dolls, but once it lightens up, it's a gripping watch." The review describes the first half of the episode as "po-faced" but that the episode is a "fun idea" that is "worth sticking with".

Here's what Twitter is saying:

This season features big names such as Miley Cyrus and Andrew Scott. As well as those two, the episodes also star: Anthony Mackie, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Topher Grace, Damson Idris, Nicole Beharie, Pom Klementieff, Angourie Rice, Madison Davenport and Ludi Lin.

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