Before you watch this series, ask yourself these five simple questions:
- Do you mind feeling highly disturbed for days on end? YES/NO
- Do like surprises? Even bad ones? YES/NO
- Do you not get easily attached to actors and plot lines? YES/NO
- Are you somewhat worried/interested by technologies rapid progression? YES/NO
- Did you like Ex Machina? YES/NO
If mainly “YES”, keep reading. If not, leave; carry on with your life as if nothing happened.
Only now, halfway through the series, have I grasped the meaning of the “Black Mirror” title. A phone screen is a black mirror and the show reflects the implications technology can have. Well, I think that’s it. The show is also not shy to tackle serious, often disturbing issues. One particular episode “Shut Up and Dance” (DO NOT confuse with the Walk The Moon’s song of the same name), will send shivers down your spine for days. To be honest, I’m still not over that episode two months later.
One of its best features (or worst, depending on your opinion) is that episodes are not interconnected and merely share the common theme of “just how fucked-up can technology be?”. This means you can start right away with the Christmas Special entitled “White Christmas” (its highest-rated episode on IMDb) ft. Jon Hamm and Rafe Spall. If you’re hoping to be filled with whimsical Christmas cheer after viewing, don’t get your hopes up. This one is as bleak, if not bleaker than the rest of them.
I’d rate this series as easily one of the best available on Netflix. There’s also only like nine hour-long episodes so you’ll be finished before you know it. Still, some episodes are drastically better than others so if you’re only planning to watch a couple, choose wisely.
- Exciting/Quirky Storylines.
- Every Episode’s Different.
- Can Leave You Feeling Numb Inside.
My Rating: 8.5/10