Black Mirror is a British, science fiction, anthology series created & written by Charlie Brooker. Due to its frequent narrative twists and dark themes, it's often compared to The Twilight Zone and, while Black Mirror focuses specifically on the affects of technology on modern-day life ... the title being a reference to the screens of TVs, smartphones & monitors ... the series certainly lives up to that comparison. Each episode is a haunting and thought-provoking examination of where our reliance on technology could lead us, for better & worse and since there are only three episodes per season, Black Mirror leaves absolutely no room for filler. Each one is just as brilliant as the last.
Since it's is an anthology series, each episode of Black Mirror is also a complete, stand-alone story that has no narrative impact on any of the other episodes. This could be particularly helpful when starting the series, as the first episode of season one, titled National Anthem, is notoriously transgressive. In it, Princess Susannah, a member of the British Royal Family, is kidnapped and the kidnapper demands that the Prime Minister have sex with a pig on national television, or else Princess Susannah will be killed. The Prime Minister goes through with the kidnapper's demand and even though you only see the reactions of the people watching and a brief close-up of the Prime Minister's face, it's still quite unnerving. As I mentioned, you can skip this episode without missing anything that will affect any of the other episodes and I assure you that none of those other episodes are nearly as transgressive. However, the episode has become something of a bonding experience for Black Mirror fans, so if your sensibilities will allow, I encourage you to watch it. The first two seasons of Black Mirror aired on Channel 4 in the UK, but the series is now owned by Netflix where its third season will be premiering on Oct. 21st.
I'll leave you with a trailer for each of the three seasons and you can find the full series on Netflix.
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