Black Mirror: An imaginative, thought-provoking series on the potential influences of technology in our future.
In a Nutshell
Black Mirror uses speculative fiction and satire to try to imagine different not-so-distant futures in which technology could have had a negative and dark impact in our lives. Each episode features an entire different future with a different society and different characters. Some of the episodes tackle things such as social identity, mass manipulation or death.
Meet the Characters
Black Mirror changes its characters and cast every episode.
A Brief History of Black Mirror: the When, Where and How
Black Mirror is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker and produced by Zeppotron for Endemol. The series has elements of sci-fi, drama and satire. The first two seasons consisting of 7 episodes aired on Channel 4. It was announced recently that Black Mirror has been picked up by Netflix. 12 new episodes are expected to come out in 2016.
Black Mirror has had huge critical acclaim all over the globe. In fact, Robert Downey, Jr. actually expressed interest in creating a film based on the ‘The Entire History of You’ episode. In November 2012, the series won Best TV Movie/Mini-series at the International Emmy Awards.
Why It’s Awesome
Similarly to what American Horror Story does with seasons, each Black Mirror episode is completely different to the rest. This means that you never know what you will encounter everytime you click ‘Next Episode’ and, if you didn’t like one episode, that doesn’t mean that you won’t like the next either. This is one thing you have to like, though: technology, drama and dystopian futures.
The best thing about Black Mirror is its imagination and originality. Some episodes like ‘National Anthem’, ‘The Entire History of You’ or ‘White Christmas’ have premises that could work as actual films and will have you wanting to see more of that alternative dystopian universe.
It has to be said though that this is not a light series. Every episode demands a certain degree of concentration and interest from the viewer. This isn’t because Black Mirror tackles especially complicated topics, but because the best part of the series is that it makes you think and asks you to ponder about speculative ethical situations. Is technology bad? Is it good? Where are its limits? How much do we value our intimacy nowadays? Every episode can spark debates that could go on for hours! And if that isn’t good television, then I don’t know what is.