|Episode no.||Series 3
|Original air date||21 October 2016|
|Running time||61 minutes|
|Awards||See awards section.|
"San Junipero" is the fourth episode in series three of British science fiction
The episode is set in a beach resort town named San Junipero, where Yorkie (
"San Junipero" was the first episode written for series three of Black Mirror; Charlie Brooker was inspired to write an episode to upend viewers' preconceptions of the show. Initial drafts were based on nostalgia therapy and designed as a period piece; they featured a heterosexual couple and an unhappy ending. The soundtrack contains many songs from the 1980s, and the sets were carefully designed to evoke the era. The episode was filmed in
The episode has received critical acclaim, with critics rating it highly in comparison to other episodes of the show. Many critics believed it to be one of the best television episodes of 2016. It won two
In 1987, a shy woman named Yorkie (
The next week, Yorkie returns, looking for Kelly. She spots Wes, who advises her to "try a different time". Yorkie visits 1980 and 1996 before finding Kelly in 2002, but Kelly rebuffs her advances. After Yorkie leaves the bar, Kelly follows and confesses that she is dying, and that she avoided Yorkie because she feared developing feelings for anyone in San Junipero. The two have sex again; Kelly tells Yorkie she wants to meet her in real life. Yorkie is hesitant at first, but at Kelly's urging, tells Kelly her location.
It is revealed that San Junipero is a
On Kelly's next visit to San Junipero, Yorkie asks her to stay full-time. Though Kelly does not believe in heaven, she plans to die without being uploaded to San Junipero. Her husband of 49 years, Richard, chose to die in the same way, because their daughter Alison died at age 39 before San Junipero existed. Yorkie and Kelly argue, and Kelly leaves in her Jeep, which she crashes on purpose. Yorkie runs after her and catches up to her just as Kelly's virtual body disappears, her visiting time having ended for the week.
Time passes, and Kelly's health continues to worsen. She elects to be euthanized, and is buried alongside her husband's and daughter's bodies. Her mind is uploaded to San Junipero, where she happily reunites with Yorkie.