Soulmates dating review
For a series trademarked by a prime minister being forced to shag a pig and general horror, it’s telling that Black Mirror’s most critically acclaimed episode is the love story San Junipero.
Even though we fell in love with the show for its darkness, sometimes we just want to feel warm and fuzzy inside.
And it looks like Charlie Brooker has tried to recreate that magic with series four episode Hang The DJ. This dive into dating apps looks at whether you would stick with a relationship if you knew when it would end, and whether the apps that claim to be able to find the one for you are the authority on soulmates.
Frank (Joe Cole) and Amy (Georgina Campbell) are first time users of the ‘System’, a dating app which puts users through numerous relationships, each with an ‘expiry date’, until they set them up with their ultimate compatible partner on their pairing day, which it does with 99.8% certainty.
Amy and Frank’s relationship has an expiry date of 12 hours, so after an awkward but sweet date, they part ways and are assigned new romances – Amy is given nine months with Lenny, while Frank gets a year with Nicola, who’s pretty much a nightmare.
Completely trusting the system, which says these relationships build up a better profile which will choose their soulmate, they stick with their terrible relationships – that is, until Frank and Amy run into each other at a garden party and realise they actually liked each other.
After Amy and Lenny’s romance expires, Amy is assigned multiple short flings, which she finds meaningless.
Franks asks: ‘Let’s assume the system isn’t random. If it’s everything in your head, does it have thoughts?
It slurps up all your reactions, it builds up a complex profile. ‘What if that’s us, and we’re stuck in a simulation.’ Remember that.
Unfortunately, amidst the bliss, Frank soon gets weirded out by the fact his perfect relationship will end one day, and sneaks off to check the expiry date.
The timer says five years – but, due to Frank breaking the promise, the time begins to rapidly reduce, leaving the couple with just 20 hours.
When Amy find out, she storms off, both of them left heartbroken.
Amy is soon notified that her pairing day with a soulmate she has never met before is imminent, and she can meet someone else to say goodbye to.