Interesting. I'm not sure that I'd have compared the two. Are there really so few genre shows that are well-done, generally hopeful and feature same-sex romance that simply having those qualities makes them comparable?OK, I'm seeing comparisons to Black Mirror's "San Junipero" episode and, while that is almost certainly Black Mirror's finest hour (although the next tier down has a lot of great episodes, too), I think "Long, Long Time" handily beats it. Any thoughts on the comparison?
Without delving into spoilers, some essential differences are:
- The thrust of the two episodes is different. One is designed to lead you to a big reveal -- it is drawing the viewer into a puzzle; the other tells you nothing new -- it is deepening a known set of facts and providing color and context
- The energy of the two differs; San Junipero is edgy, fast and upbeat. Long, Long Time is slow and thoughtful.
- The worlds are very different. Spoilers are required to explain why.
Overall, both episodes are sensational, but Long, Long Time wins by doing something harder, by being focused on character relationships and not on a reveal, and by integrating with the greater story. Having said that, it's like saying winning $12 million is better than winning $10 million. It's true, but honestly, you're going to be very, very happy either way.