Black Mirror is a hit T.V Show that focuses on how technology can be a double-edged sword. With only a few episodes released every year, roles are few and far between. Actors typically take part in a single episode. As such, many of Miley’s fans have wondered whether she has ever been in an episode of the show.
Yes – Miley Cyrus has starred in an episode of Black Mirror. In Episode 3 of Season 5, she plays Ashley O. A pop star whose life is not as great as it seems to be. While Miley’s acting was praised by many, the episode did not do as well as the others in the series. It had a rating of 6.0, compared to 8.8 for the show.
Let’s look at what Black Mirror is. After that, we will further explore the episode that Miley stars in. Warning: Spoilers ahead!
What is Black Mirror?
Black Mirror explores what happens when we take technology too far. Every single episode is different and unrelated to one another. One episode may show a politician being blackmailed, whereas another may delve into an alternate reality where all of our lives are recorded (which is already happening in a way).
The show’s name alludes to how a screen looks when it is turned off, a black mirror. Being focused on technology, it is quite different from any other show on Netflix. For example, there is an episode where you can influence the ending by making different decisions.
By having a different director for every single episode, Black Mirror makes sure that each episode is unique and feels different. The one thing that is similar among all episodes is the creepy feeling that you get. Is this really what the future has in store for us? Still, the producers have stated that ‘Black Mirror is not a warning’.
Since the episodes are unrelated, you can watch them in whatever order you like. The good news is that Miley Cyrus fans can only watch the episode that she stars without having to catch up on the previous four seasons. Let’s take a look at her episode in more detail!
Miley Cyrus in The Black Mirror
In Season 5, Episode 3 titled ‘Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too’, Miley Cyrus is one of the three stars along with Angourie Rice and Madison Davenport. The episode shows Ashley O, a pop star played by Miley Cyrus, being manipulated by her aunt Catherine.
At the same time, Rachel and Jack are sisters who live with their father. Rachel, being a mad Ashley O fan, is given a doll called ‘Ashley Too’ which is designed to look and behave like the pop star Ashley O. When Ashley O is placed under a coma by her aunt, the doll comes to life and convinces the two sisters to go ahead and gather evidence against Catherine.
We will not ruin the ending for you. However, it does tell us that the lives of celebrities are not as great as they seem. They are human, and they have problems just like the rest of us. Miley fans will be quite aware of this, as they recently saw her go through a divorce.
Miley’s Black Mirror Episode Received Mixed Reviews
Unfortunately, ‘Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too’ has not been well-received as some of the other episodes in the series. In general, Black Mirror has been praised for its actors, directing, as well as its plot lines. However, opinions are divided as to whether or not this was a true Black Mirror episode in that regard.
Miley, being the controversial figure that she is, was obviously going to attract a small number of haters. As such, there were quite a few people who weren’t pleased with the episode. On Rotten Tomatoes, this is one of the worst episodes of Black Mirror to date.
However, the episode wasn’t without praise. As it turns out, Miley is a great actress. Numerous viewers, as well as critics, were impressed by her performance in the episode. Of course, this is no surprise to her long-time fans who saw her on Hannah Montana!
The Observer also mentions how critics of the episode fail to see this is exactly what Black Mirror is about. The episode is not alone either. The entire season, in fact, was not considered up to the standards of the series by many people.
Still, fans of Mikey would definitely love to see her act more often. While she has not made a statement on what her future plans are when it comes to the big screen, it doesn’t seem completely out of the question.