“Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too” embodies the shallow feminism it attempts to skewer, says Chelsea Steiner. "For an episode that centers on teen girlhood, the episode fails in its characterization of its three female leads. At 15 years old, Rachel is far too old to be so dependent on the toy," says Steiner. "The story would work better with a girl who is 11 or 12, but instead serves to infantilize a teenager. In fact, the episode seems entirely unclear of how to write or depict a teenage girl. Black Mirror‘s writer and creator Charlie Brooker struggles to find an authentic voice for any of the leads, who would have been better served by a female writer. But Black Mirror rarely employs female writers (Brooker writes nearly every episode) and of the 22 installments, this is only the second to be directed by a woman, Anne Sewitsky (the first was season 4’s 'Arkangel,' directed by Jodie Foster)." ALSO: Watch a spoof imagining Black Mirror in the Middle Ages.
TOPICS: Black Mirror, Netflix, Charlie Brooker, Miley Cyrus