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Black Mirror episode "Striking Vipers"
Categories:Gender, Male


27 year old Danny Parker and his girlfriend Theo go to a bar and pretend to be strangers. After they have sex, he plays the fictional fighting video game Striking Vipers with his friend Karl Houghton as their preferred characters Lance and Roxette.

11 years later, Danny hosts a barbecue at his house with Theo with whom he is married and has a 5-year-old child. He is fallen out of contact with Karl who arrives at the birthday party and gives him a present Striking Vipers X, the series' newest installment along with the virtual reality kit needed to play it, That night, the pair played the game in their respective homes, falling back motionless once they enter the virtual arena. After one fighting bout in which they fully experience Lance and Roxette's pain from fighting blows, they fall onto each other and kiss. Visibly distraught, Karl and Danny exit the game.

Over the next few weeks, Danny and Karl began regularly logging online and entering the game in order to have sex with each other, and Danny becomes withdrawn from his relationship with Theo. She confronts him on their wedding anniversary and accuses him of having an affair while pointing out that she regularly rebuffs other men's advances even though she likes the attention. Danny promises that he is faithful, then locks Striking Vipers X in a cabinet and tells Karl that they need to stop.

At Danny's next birthday, Theo invites Karl for dinner as a surprise. Karl reveals to Danny that he has been unable to recreate the experience he had with Danny with other players. That night, the pair enter the game and have sex again. Danny then asks to meet in real life. At his insistence, they kiss in their normal bodies to see if their is any real connection between them, but both of them claim to feel nothing. Danny becomes agitated and a fight between them ensues just as a passing police car notices and arrests them. Frustrated at having to pick Danny up, Theo insists that Danny tell her what caused the fight.

In the final scene, both Danny and his wife have agreed that for one night a year, he can play Striking Vipers X with Karl while Theo can go out to a bar and meet a stranger.

originally posted by guest(8 5 6 0) on 2020-07-06, 1 edit, entryid=9593