Over the last ten years, technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives before we’ve had time to stop and question it. In every home; on every desk; in every palm – a plasma screen; a monitor; a smartphone–a black mirror of our 21st Century existence. Black Mirror is a contemporary British re-working of The Twilight Zone with stories that tap into the collective unease about our modern world.
Brooker has created a virtuous science fiction drama. This series has outstanding direction, writing, cinematography, special effects, custome, settings, soundtrack, and acting. The entire cast delivers bravura realistic performances and includes the likes of Howard, Hamm, Plemons, Kaluuya, John-Kamen, Atwell, Flynn and many more stellar artists. The series is a tapestry of futuristic and modern-day stand-alone tales that are thrilling, perplexing, crisp and full of satire. Using technology as a source of paranoia, the stories explore the collective anxious state of mind of the world.
Each story features its own cast of prodigious and mystifying characters. The plots for each episode are clever, unique, thought-provoking, insightful, duplicitous, cathartic and have stunning endings. It’s a refreshing look at how technology can turn on society when in today’s world people feel like they’re missing out on or aren’t part of something bigger if they’re not participating in some form of social media. This is a one of a kind, captivating, mesmerizing and memorable series. I look forward to viewing what the series has in store for next season.