I really haven’t seen anything like ' Hang the DJ' yet." As the dates continue, time passes but Amy and Frank don't seem to age.
Everyone around them, Amy begins to realize, seems to be in on the end game.
Finally, they get matched together again and this time, they realize that they are in love.
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.
"I loved the way the story was written because it was the perfect picture of that first date," Campbell, who plays hopeful single Amy, tells )." When viewers first meet Amy (Campbell), she is, in fact, on an awkward first date with her first "match" Frank (Cole).
Though it seems that an app has paired them together, it gradually becomes clear that Amy and Frank live in some sort of world that is governed by this dating system.
"When we were filming the ending, as we were getting up to that point, we were worrying about the payoff," Campbell admits. It’s a really great ending and I think it’s nice that in these months it’s a ray of hope." is how divisive the audience is," she says — but she can't help but have a soft spot for her character.
"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.
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.
The real-life match at the end of the episode elicits large awaiting (knowing?
) smiles from both real versions of Amy and Frank — a happy ending, simulations aside — and the "Hang the DJ" chorus of The Smiths’ rebellious 1986 song “Panic” blares as the end credits role. Then when I finally saw the edit, they really smashed it.