Black Mirror

If you haven’t heard of it yet, then now might be the perfect time.  With bad weather coming up and days becoming increasingly shorter, what better time to binge on a dark science fiction show set in the very near dystopian future?

If you find yourself stuck in the house this weekend because of the rain, and happen to have a Netflix account (or someone else’s Netflix account, because we all know how it works) then do yourself a favour and put on Black mirror.

Black mirror is a science fiction show about the dark sides of technology and the growing influence it holds on society.  And when I say science fiction, I’m not talking about aliens falling from the sky in spaceships ready to take over the world. No, the realistic portrayal of normal people going trough everyday life with slightly more advanced technology than we have today is what makes this show so creepy and compelling. The creators of the show see it as “a hybrid of The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected which taps into our contemporary unease about our modern world.” [1]

Black mirror refers to the black reflective screen we see when we turn of our appliances (phones, laptops, tablets.). For a split second, this “mirror” usually reflects our empty hollow eyes that have been staring at the screen for a bit too long.  And in the show it reflects our obsession with these technological appliances and how they start to take over our lives.

The first and second season consist of three episodes each. Each episode tells a different story with different protagonists and themes. Social media and the craving for attention that comes along with it seems to be a theme that surfaces in each season. As well as the yearning to hold on to memories.

The show has been on since 2011, but each season makes us wait a few years in between. Netflix has picked up the third and fourth season, with the third season being released on October 21st. Instead of three episodes per season we now get six per season, and I personally couldn’t be happier.

Happy Bingeing!

[1] “Endemol UK – BLACK MIRROR- A NEW DRAMA FROM CHARLIE BROOKER.” N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2016.

 

Post Author: Sarah Berzel

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My name is Sarah B. and I am studying Media & Journalism at MIUC. I am 24 years old and from the Netherlands. I am one of the Joint Editors and main writers for the MIUC student magazine, and am responsible for regularly posting articles. I enjoy writing about various topics including politics, local and international news and technology. My main passion however is film, TV series and books (media student ;)). I try to focus more on some light-hearted soft news stories since I feel that there are many other sources to get more serious news from. The more serious stories I write will most likely be brief recaps of the most important issues so whoever is interested can research these topics some more. I hope everyone will enjoy reading my articles.

1 thought on “Black Mirror

    María

    (October 27, 2016 - 2:03 pm)

    Love it! “Be right back” my favourite, compulsory for all my technology classes! 🙂

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