his is one very unique and groundbreaking TV series about humanity and its relationship with technology in a near future. I call it unique because of the way it is presented: each episode a different stories with different characters and different directors. Groundbreaking because it presents us the latest technology we have ever dreamed of and its uses in our modern lives. Released in 2011, with a very shocking 1st episode that will leave your mouth hanging wide open, Black Mirror has been critically acclaimed in the UK as well as in the rest of the world. Written and created by Charlie Brooker and each episode directed by a different person, this series can be considered Sci-Fi, Thriller, Drama and Anthology series at the same time.
Black Mirror’s first season only has two more episodes but they are even more satisfying to watch than the first one (when you see them, you will know what I am talking about). The first episode of this acclaimed TV series was directed by Otto Bathurst and if I had to describe it in one word it would be: shocking. It presents us with a bizarre and unprecedented scenario that involves a royal kidnapping, a “terrorist” demands and the British Prime Minister reluctant compliance. The power of the media and how the public opinion really sways the pendulum one way or the other are two major elements shown in this episode but in the end, when people’s morbidity is satisfied, it only leaves a bitter aftertaste.
The second episode shows us an alternate but very credible reality: your life revolves around pedaling on a stationary bike all day long to earn merits and change these for accommodations or save them to take a shot at becoming a celebrity. The third episode of the first season was the one that really got me hooked up to the series. Called The Entire History of You and starring Toby Kebell from Rock n’ Rolla, Jodie Whittaker and Tom Cullen, it starts with an average guy arriving to a party to share some time with his girlfriend and acquaintances. Everyone uses a small gadget in their eyes which allows to record everything they say or hear. Like all groundbreaking technology, this is a double edged knife with a very sharp dark edge to it.
If possible, the second season is more gripping than the first one, even though it only has one more episode than the first one, the directors did an splendid job creating this fictional but not so far from the truth future. To my taste, White Bear and White Christmas were the best and both are about crime and punishment but White Christmas intertwines three stories in one and you can delight yourself with John Hamm’s and Rafe Spall authentic performances. The third season fell off a little bit but still has excellent episodes, such is the case of Nosedive: a peek into how social media is going to affect our lives and the value we put in other people opinions.
Playtest is Black Mirror’s third season second episode and it tells a story about a backpacker that is running low on cash and needs to make quick money and finds the opportunity testing new video games. The only problem is that the video games industry has developed games that completely mix augmented reality and virtual reality with our living reality, so it’s difficult to tell between fiction and reality. The fourth season was just released on December 2017 and the three first episodes really made it up for the show fans, showing us how our most wild technological dreams can come true and their consequences. Arkangel is the fourth season’s second episode and as a parent it really struck me hard: the possibility to monitor our children but in a very detailed manner…
To make it short, if you are into Sci-Fi and futuristic films not so far from the reality and you also love original series then this one is really for you. Get ready to get your mind blown and who knows? You might even reconsider how much you depend on the technology that you are using and if you will be willing to pay the price of using the one in the future.