Black Mirror is a psychological thriller/sci-fi series from the UK. In Twilight Zone fashion, each episode thrusts you into a world of its own where it dramatizes technology's influence on us as human beings. There's only been two seasons so far, with only three episodes each, but I found them extremely thought provoking and skin crawling creepy that I wish there were more. At least 10, if not 20 episodes a season would be great!
Anyways, examples of episodes: There's one episode, called The Entire History of You, where they focus on this device that allows you to record every single moment of your life and at ANY time, you can rewatch them in your mind or on any clear surface so that you can always have an objective perspective on your memories. It's a little gain implanted in your hippocampus region of the brain, and you can control it with a little remote the size and almost the same shape as USB flash drive.
The central human drama that complicates this device's usefulness is that of a man who suspects his wife of cheating on him based on how she behaved at a dinner party. He is able to catch subtle cues in which she dismissed him as useless to the scene, while being incredibly charmed by one of the party guests.
To highlight how each episode is different from the last, there's another one called White Elephant where this woman wakes up tied to a chair, with a scatter of pills around her on the floor, and TV in front of her is projecting the image of a pixelated White Elephant logo. When she escapes the house she finds herself in, with no recollection of how she got there and what she was doing, a crowd of people start coming out of their houses. In her confusion her only instinct is to try and ask people for help, but they're too preoccupied with recording a video of her on each of their cell phones, while guys with guns start chasing her around trying to kill her.
As great as those episodes were, the very last one I decided to watch tripped me out THE MOST!!! It's called Fifteen Million Merits. For me to describe the concept behind it, I would feel compelled to spoil the story and give away all the metaphors about our current culture, even though it is sent in a bleak and distant future. All I will say is that it's a great social commentary on our consumerist culture and talent show based society.
I will have to admit to one critique on the show as a whole, and this only happens for me, but I always find the first act of every episode to be kind of boring. In hindsight, they do set up the episode quite well, but that shouldn't stop you from when the 2nd act of any episode fully immerses you into its world and begins to gnaw away at your sanity with what goes on in them.
I will share my take on all the metaphors presented in this episode if anyone is interested. For now though, I hope this is enough to pull you guys in.
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