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A Lot Of People Can't Think Stop Thinking About "Black Mirror's" Hang The DJ

(Note: This article contains spoilers for the whole of the episode.)

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*If you haven't seen "Hang the DJ" yet, then please be aware this post contains big titting spoilers*

When you watch "Hang the DJ", you may at first think that it is a straightforward episode about a technology that determines and then counts down the length of a relationship.

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...and then Frank ends up with the worst person ever.

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A lot of other stuff then happens, including Amy and Frank getting back together again, before Frank royally fucks it sideways when he tries to work out the expiry date for him and Amy after they agreed not to look.

But just when you think it is coming to a logical conclusion, there's a huge twist. Frank and Amy agree to screw the system prescribing what their relationships are supposed to be like, and they go their own way.

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They then escape, resulting in another twist: This is all a simulation. There have been a thousand simulations of Amy and Frank, and 998 times out of 1,000 they came to the same conclusion and escaped.

The episode has floored quite a few people.

I feel like I can’t watch anything now that I’ve finished ‘Hang The DJ’ episode of Black Mirror. What a glorious, stunning episode.

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I’m never gonna get over the end of Hang the DJ when they looked at each other while Panic by The Smiths played in the background

And there's a lot from this episode to unpick too. A lot of people have picked up on the 99.8% theme, touched by the fact that the couple rebelled against the system nearly 1,000 times.

Yesterday I watched a video on YouTube explaining the meaning behind "Hang the DJ" and this comment literally made… https://t.co/7nTXAwMOB1

i just finished the 'hang the DJ' black mirror episode and i'd given up on love but whom wants to fuck around and r… https://t.co/DNlsksCYJt

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Many people have praised Charlie Brooker's writing and the themes of fate, love, and desire.

Hang The DJ gave me feelings similar to San Junipero. Transcending the given matrix to be with who you feel you’re… https://t.co/Gj99Upw22a

hang the dj: and they were soulmates me: oh my god they were soulmates

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, actor Campbell explained what she sees as the meaning of the episode: "She is no longer allowing this system to keep controlling her. You shouldn’t be relying on a system to tell you how you feel. We have human instincts; you know how you feel and that’s what you should follow."

Many people are relating it to their own circumstances.

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Hang the Dj is ruining my life i can’t even watch a tv show about a dystopian future without being reminded about how FUCKING SINGLE I AM

And even though the episode is about dating, it also resonates if you have been through a breakup. Having been through one recently myself, I couldn't help feeling a connection with an idea from this episode: that everything will work out in the end, and that we are all linked by a system of falling in and out of love, until we meet the one we stick with.

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And this has led to a debate about why the episode was called "Hang the DJ" in the first place.

@lukeoneil47 Hang the DJ = eliminate the one who is in control of the party. In the context of the episode, they en… https://t.co/He3F3Nvr4Q

Oh, and a lot of people are comparing it to "San Junipero", or are ranking the two episodes against each other.

STOP COMPARING HANG THE DJ AND SAN JUNIPERO

  1. Which episode of Black Mirror is better?

    Which episode of Black Mirror is better?
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    "San Junipero"
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    "Hang the DJ"
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    You shouldn't compare them.
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