Why wasn't the new season of Charlie Brooker's Netflix series well-received? Emily Yoshida tries to get to the bottom of the negativity, writing: "Striking Vipers' is Black Mirror at full potential, potential it hasn’t always risen to, especially since coming under the Netflix umbrella. As an anthology show, Black Mirror is a mixed bag by design, and the sometimes dense amount of world-building and concept-introducing it has to do in an hour can verge on corny and/or blunt. But I find this more forgivable with Charlie Brooker’s show, which I see as something like a dramatic can opener — a tool which can be used either to access something previously hard to get at, or to bash someone over the head with. The bashing has tarnished its reputation over the last few seasons, but when it’s good — as I think the latest season mostly is — it feels indispensable."