‘Black Mirror’: Dark and Thought Provoking

Amidst Netflix’s breakout shows, Wittenberg students may have missed some shows hiding in shadows as dark as their plot. Netflix’s not-so-new show, “Black Mirror,” has recently seen a spotlight with the announcement of a fourth season, just a year after the third season’s debut.

The first three seasons saw years in-between the next, with season one premiering in 2011, forcing viewers to savor the three, four or six episodes, respectively.

Each stand-alone episode, ranging from approximately 45 minutes to an hour-and-a-half, has a cynical cast and crew differing from the prior episode.

As this allows for more creative ideas, some episodes are better than others.

Viewers are sucked in as they are immersed in a futuristic dystopian society where technology rules and people absent-mindedly comply.

Immediately, the characters become people and their situations become terrifyingly real.

The chilling drama is a roller coaster of unpredictable twists and turns that makes viewers think. Often, the show wraps up in the last few minutes of the episode, and even sometimes, it’s wrapped up with snippets of clips during the credits.

Charlie Brooker is the mastermind behind “Black Mirror,” and his show has been compared to CBS’ “The Twilight Zone,” created by Rod Sterling. Both shows force characters to think outside the box when put in extraordinary situations.

Each contain sci-fi and horror aspects, but based on technological advances since “The Twilight Zone” came out in 1959, “Black Mirror” terrifies its viewers with seemingly reachable technology.
When compared, “The Twilight Zone” may have a leg up based on the iconic nature of the show, but if you’re not looking for an icon, “Black Mirror” centers its plot around tomorrow’s advances, which makes the horror seem all too real.

Netflix viewers haven’t had a shortage in new shows to watch, with popular and critically acclaimed shows like “Stranger Things” and “Making a Murderer’ both debuting this year, but some particularly good shows are hiding in the background with something more than a jump-scare up their sleeve.

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