Why You Need to Watch Black Mirror

Black Mirror is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker that features speculative fiction with dark and satirical themes that examine modern society, particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of new technologies.

The Writing

Each episode is phenomenally written. Characters are unique and interesting and the plot is always a roller coaster ride. Some episodes are faster paced than others, but that is part of the fun. You never really know what kind of experience you’re in for. One thing is for sure: you will be immediately immersed. If you are a writer, watch and take notes.

The Subject Matter

The subject matter couldn’t be more relevant. Without giving away too many of the particulars, the concepts tackled in the series are almost too close to home. It’s uncomfortable and brilliant at the same time. Even though some of the stories have a futuristic feel, we are living amidst some of the dark terrors presented to us. We are one heartbeat away from some horrifying realities.

Each Episode Is a Standalone

Unlike some television where the program has to be watched in sequential order, this one does not. There is a certain amount of freedom to that. You can skim the summaries of the episodes and watch the ones that appeal to you. Or, you can watch the whole series backwards just because you can. I’d like to say that it prevents binge watching because you aren’t baiting into the next installment; however, I was so addicted to this show that I binge watched it anyway. And, lastly, if by some weird twist of fate you don’t like an episode, the others are so different that you can keep on trucking.

Production Value

This show does not cheap out on budget. The acting is outstanding. Cinematography is colorful and engaging. Sets are believable and imaginative. Also, each episode has its own individual visual world. I can’t say enough good things about the television watching experience.

Critically Acclaimed

If you are unwilling to take my word for it, the show has impressed the critics. The series has been likened to a modern Twilight Zone. In addition, the outrageous satire has been well-received. There are not-so-veiled references to Trump and other current issues. You can look for those, or you can just sit back and enjoy the series in all its other glory.

By |2017-01-19T09:24:17-05:00January 19th, 2017|Reviews|0 Comments

About the Author:

Theresa Braun was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and has carried some of that hardiness with her to South Florida where she currently resides with her two fur babies, who are her creative sidekicks. She enjoys delving into creative writing, painting, photography and even bouts of ghost hunting. Traveling is one of her passions—in fact, her latest adventure took her to Romania for a horror writers’ workshop where she followed in the steps of Vlad the Impaler. She writes horror fiction and the occasional romance. Oh, and she likes to guest blog about writing, television shows, movies, and books, mostly in the horror genre. Her short stories are published in Under the Bed Magazine, Hindered Souls, the spring 2017 issue of The Horror Zine, and Frith Books.

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