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.
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.
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.
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.