The British science fiction anthology series, Black Mirror has been the talk for the first week of January. The show explores modern society with the problematic consequences of new technology. After its air on British television in 2011, Netflix purchased the program in 2015 leading to its popularity in the years to come.
Charlie Brooker’s series returned for another six episodes on the 29th of December, each episode of which is really confident and more cinematically gorgeous than almost anything the show has done before. Its near-future parables take place over mountainous snowscapes, expanses of moorland and deserts, with a world that is tense and panicked, full of damaged and damaging people, and every corner being full of dread and paranoia. But as an anthology series, each episode utilizes this world in their unique ways.
“I like the diversity and the twists in the episode, along with the different genres in each episode.” – Marlyn Cueto (12)
With the inspiration from technology, the show gives insight on new technologies and how it has the potential to distort our social lives and daily interactions. The technology aspect of each episode builds to what the overall plot is for each episode but is not the big idea; or maybe big ideas.
Since the show’s original release in 2011, Black Mirror has been through ups and downs with critics. This season of Black Mirror has been more consistent in its storytelling and its creative use on tone, drama, setting, and plot.