Black Mirror: San Junipero (2016)

Food:

The girls meet and most enjoy the nightclub Tucker’s when it is set in the 1980’s, so to pair with this episode, it is most fitting to make a fun cocktail that was popularized during that decade.

According to Simon Diffurd, of Diffurd’s Guide to Cocktails, this was the era of easy to make cocktails, often using sour mixes, but they were certainly fun. Some of the elements that were found in a classic 80’s cocktail were a neon color, a sexual innuendo in the name, and cheap liquor.

I think my drink of choice from this list (https://www.diffordsguide.com/encyclopedia/1280/cocktails/1980s-cocktails) is the
Blue Hawaiian Frozen, but I think the key is just to add blue curaçao to anything and you are all set!

LGTBQ Film Series #9:

Black Mirror: San Junipero” (2016), directed by Owen Harris, tells the story of a shy young woman (Mackenzie Davis of “Tully” in 2018) and an outgoing glittery party girl (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) meet at a club one night and their lives are changed forever. In typical “Black Mirror” style, for those who are not familiar, things are not always what they seem. The characters arrive at the club and seem to be traveling through different decades as depicted through their clothing, music and atmosphere of the venue.

Gugu plays Kelly, a stylish wild card with massive amounts of confidence and flare. She seems to be floating from person to person, having flings and then leaving when she gets bored. It is clear that she has a charisma that captures the attention of the people around her, and Yorkie (Davis) is initially no different. Yorkie confesses that she lacks sexual experience, but has a fiance. She is enamored and excitedly goes back to the club, a vibrant several story building with a neon sign reading “Tuckers,” but Kelly is not there this time, and Yorkie senses she is being avoided.

The episode conceptualizes the possibilities of future technology, which could provide one with relationships and experiences that were never possible before. It also examines grief, boundaries, and the sacrifices one might be willing to make for love. Further, it is a story that allows our characters to fall in love and tell their story without their sexual orientation being the key conflict in the story – a refreshing contribution to LGTBQ cinema.

The thought-provoking episode was written by showrunner Charlie Brooker and received critical praise from many viewers, some even calling it the best episode of television of 2016. In addition to several other accolades, “Black Mirror: San Junipero,” won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Television Movie and Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special. It was written as a response to the desire for more uplifting stories, as most of the series focused on the negative and more damaging aspects of technology. It is an emotionally provocative, colorful and bittersweet piece of science fiction set in various time periods.

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