‘Black Mirror’ Dominates TV Show Competition

Rarely do I find a show so good that it is all I can think and talk about. It happened with “Breaking Bad,” “House of Cards,” “Narcos” and “Stranger Things.” Now it’s happening with “Black Mirror,” a British TV series available on Netflix. “Black Mirror” is a modern-day “Twilight Zone,” with each episode having its own story, actors and director. “It’s really different from any other show,” said junior Jennifer Spalten. “I especially like how they use different people in each episode.” In fact, the only similarity between the episodes is the “when tech goes wrong” vibe, meaning that each episode is based around a problem that arises from future technology.

The eerie thing about the show is how realistic each episode is. While a few episodes are extremely futuristic, most prominently “San Junipero” and “15 Million Merits,” other plot lines are so plausible it is scary. For example, take the first episode of Season 1, “The National Anthem.” In this episode, the Duchess of Beaumont (basically Princess of England) is kidnapped, and the only way for the prime minister to save her is to elope with a pig on live television. The prime minister thinks it’s fake at first, but the episode ends with him legitimately doing the deed. While the premise is sort of funny, the show does not make it seem funny at all. “I like that ‘Black Mirror’ has interesting viewpoints on technology that can be good or bad,” said senior Eno Reyes. 

“Black Mirror’s” best aspect is the fact that the episodes do not surround the technology, but rather the drama unfolds because of the technology. The first season’s “The Entire History of You” is centered around a husband who is slowly realizing that his wife had an affair. The technology aspect of this episode is that everyone has a device that allows them to record and re-watch all of their memories. The episode doesn’t waste time explaining the device, but rather jumps right into the relationship, showing the device in action. While a device like this is still far into the future, “Black Mirror” does a great job portraying the everyday problems that may arise. “It could happen in real life,” said junior Harrison Lewis. There are currently three seasons out with 13 episodes total, and Season 4 is set to premiere in 2017.