If you’ve surfed Netflix for any decent amount of time, chances are you’ve come across a show called Black Mirror. You may or may not have decided to check it out, if you didn’t, you made an awfully bad decision. It’s a fascinating satirical look into the possible implications of technology in the future. With strong hints of The Twilight Zone or Alfred Hitchcock Presents, each dark and twisted episode unfolds with a brand new story and cast.
In a strangely ironic way, the show about the woes of technology is now going to be produced by one of the biggest tech giants in the world… Netflix.
The series was created by Charlie Brooker and only has 7 distinct and unique episodes in total so far in its initial first two seasons. Originally it aired on Channel 4 in the UK and then started gaining popularity in the US through word of mouth once Netflix picked it up. Netflix and Channel 4 are still developing their deal, so word on when we can expect to see the continuation of the series is very mum. Until then I recommend you get your binge on and check out the first two seasons.
Two must see episodes:
FIFTEEN MILLION MERITS – Season 1
What’s it about?: Set in a dystopian future where your average worker pedals on an exercise bike all day to generate energy, which in turn gets them “merits”, and affords them a room adorned with video screens that show 24 hour entertainment. A lonely man who just inherited his brother’s merits decides to help buy his friend a chance to perform on Hot Shots, a X-Factor style show where the winner gets to leave their sad existence and become a professional entertainer. Without spoiling too much, things don’t go as planned.
Why should I watch it?: This sick and twisted tale is text book satire and its stylized look blends perfectly with a story that’ll leave you in shock.
WHITE BEAR – Season 2
What’s it about?: Victoria awaken from a coma with a headache and bandage wrists. Everyone films her every move and the ones that don’t, hunt her down in order to kill her. She runs into an unaffected girl who tells her that mysterious signals from the TV are to blame and the two set off to find the source of the transmission.
Why should I watch it?: This episode is a real mindfuck and has the perfect twist ending. Filled with anxiety and tension, it’ll easily become one of your favorites of the series.
One other really fantastic episode is the Christmas Special starring Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm. Unfortunately it’s not available through Netflix streaming. But, with a little digging (torrenting) you can probably find it online. It’s not a feel good Christmas special, so don’t get it twisted, but it’s absolutely worth seeking out if you can find it.
We’ll get back to you with any news of the new season once Netflix announces it, until then enjoy the recommendations.