For its third season, and first on Netflix, “Black Mirror” brought some bigger stars, bigger budgets, and more recognizable names behind the camera. And while the nature of anthology shows means that not every episode is going to work, it’s been near unanimous that “San Junipero” is among the finest of season three, and arguably the show’s history. And it’s not just because of Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis’ performances, or the direction by Owen Harris (“Kill Your Friends,” “Secret Diary Of A Call Girl”).
The score by Darren Aronofsky regular Clint Mansell is beautiful stuff, forming a perfect marriage between the story of two young women whose friendship evolves into something unexpected, and the sci-fi tinges that frame the episode. “San Junipero” is one of the more genuinely emotional offerings that “Black Mirror” has ever had, and a good part of that is due to Mansell’s evocative work.
Mansell’s “San Junipero” soundtrack will be released by Lakeshore Records on Friday, December 2nd. Get a taste with the five-minute preview below.
Black Mirror – San Junipero (Original Score) — Tracklisting
1. San Junipero (80s-90s-00s-??s)
2. Faith, Hope, Fear & Falling In Love
3. Tick Tock (Clock Of My Heart)
4. Night Drive
5. Property Of Tucker Systems
6. In Sickness, In Health
7. Life Eternal
8. Waves Crashing On Distant Shores Of Time
9. Endless Summer
10. San Junipero (Saturday Night In the City Of The Dead)