During the mid 80’s there was a device that was able to monitor a baby so that cot death would not occur. This machine consisted of a microphone connected to a speaker or walkie-talkie and the parent would be able to hear the baby in another room. The second episode of Black Mirror goes a step further.
Marie, a single mother decides to protect her child, Sara, by implanting a device in her head that is connected to a tablet, thus Marie can see everything Sara can see and when something scares Sara it will be blurred. Eventually Marie understands that the device is restricting Sara’s perception of the real world and just puts the tablet away and removes all settings so Sara sees the things that scare her properly.
Time passes and Sara is now in her late teens and she hooks up with the neighbourhood bad boy Trick. Sara lies to her mother and goes out with Trick, which causes Marie to start reusing the tablet again. Ironically adult Sara is now doing things that are slightly more dangerous than toddler Sara used to do but that’s not the point.
Anyway Sara discovers that her mother is spying on her and it leads to a bloody mother/daughter fight and Sara leaves Marie forever.
As an episode it is ridiculous, mostly due to the unnecessary melodrama and the predictable storyline. Sure it’s a little cautionary story about letting children go and how technology brings out the inner voyeur but it has been done before in the Black Mirror universe – The Entire History of You from Season 1 had a similar plot, same with Season 2’s White Christmas. So nothing new. Like episode 1’s USS Callister, I liked Arkangel but I knew this is not the standard Black Mirror has set in the past.