With a chance of dating episode
When the story widens out to Amy receiving Frank as a 98 percent match on her dating app in a bar, it is understood that the Amy and Frank of the episode were digital simulations being used over and over by a dating app to find the statistics of their connection.The concept of digital consciousness remains a theme throughout season four, also popping up in episodes "USS Callister" and "Black Museum," and in this case, simulated Amy and Frank had rebelled 998 times out of 1,000 against a system that was keeping them apart.Campbell says of the portrayal, "She is no longer allowing this system to keep controlling her.You shouldn’t be relying on a system to tell you how you feel — we have human instincts; you know how you feel and that’s what you should follow." Where her heart leads her, however, is into obscurity, as once Amy figures it out, she and Frank and their world disappear.Now, several season-four stories have the potential to do the same.
But when Frank succumbs to his insecurities and checks their expiration date when they each agreed not to, the algorithm erases the years they would potentially have together due to his betrayal.Among the group, he delivered on that inference with three episodes and "Hang the DJ" is the most hopeful of them all. Though the series has taken on romance in previous stories ("Be Right Back," "The Entire History of You" and, of course, "San Junipero"), "Hang the DJ" embodies the most recognizable of romantic comedy tropes as a commentary on online dating.And it's timely ending is all the more satisfying given the female protagonist's ultimate win against an oppressive system.Their last hours are ruined when Amy discovers Frank's mistake, and once again they are spit out into more awaiting matches. "Then it becomes a struggle because it all becomes meaningless."She seemed so hopeful and was very open and excited about the situation in the beginning, when we don't even really know what it is. By the end, she has this realization that she wants Frank.