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I have only seen the first two installments of this series and but was
impressed enough to leave a review. Charlie Brooker has popped out of
the internet at times when I least expect it revealing the more
unsettling aspects of our culture through his program Screenwipe and
others. That was my first exposure to Doug Stanhope, a comedian who
among others brings us closer together via demonstrations of how media
and technology are changing our society and rarely for the better.
Black Mirror arrives in the form of anthologized science fiction in the
vein of the Twilight zone. It is a series that examines our society's
relationship with the media and how it allows us to both shape our own
identity and imprison us in a space where empathy and truth are
weaknesses and something to hide in order to get ahead.
I have always been interested in futurists and Brooker seems to fill the requirements for one. There is nothing in the first two installments that do not reflect current trends in our collective behavior but instead extrapolates where current trends in communications technology; avatars, social media and reality television might lead us if we do not seek to preserve what is beautiful and pure about our collective consciousness and humanity.
Having seen reviews here that feel there is no commentary embedded within these stories I couldn't disagree more. As the title suggests, Brooker's Black Mirror shows us a dark reflection of our selves and allows us to evaluate these scenarios through our own emotional filters.
There are no blatant soap box messages but I interpreted the narratives as cautionary tales and would hope that no one, when confronted with them, would hope for these near futures. The only thing holding them back from becoming reality is our own resistance to complacency and purely spectator culture.
Beyond these philosophical aspects, the program is incredibly well produced and executed in my opinion. The characters and sets create convincing realities and I was never once drawn out of the story due to poor acting, scripting or characterizations. I could not recommend this series more and hope that it will continue on. Congratulations to Brooker and company for their work and their apparent concern for all of us.
This is the biggest surprise i came across these last couple of years. This series is one of the best i've seen. Every episode is unique yet criticizes the same absurd society we're living in. I was shocked at the great filming/acting/directing and of course writing of these different stories. My personal favorite would be episode 2. The most futuristic but also the most accurate representation of what most of our lives look like right now. Just saw in a review that a guy stopped watching after 20 minutes at the second episode. That's the biggest mistake he could do. Definitely the best episode. I wont miss anything else Charlie Brooker does and i'm patiently waiting for the DVD to come out. I hope this also gets a Blu-Ray version and maybe some new episodes after wards?
Amazing British anthology series with a very intriguing concept. The
premise: taking contemporary phenomena (ranging from the wild
popularity of talent shows on TV to the impact of social media and
smartphones on our lives) as a starting point and speculate how such
phenomena could/would evolve in the future. Each episode tells a
different story with different protagonists and focuses on a different
theme. Of course, the series doesn't explore the beneficial aspects or
any positive trends - (where would the fun be in that?) - but clearly
approaches its topics from a pessimistic, cynical point of view (hence
the title). As the show's creator Charlie Brooker ('Dead Set') puts it:
"...They (the different stories) are all about the way we live now
and the way we might be living in 10 minutes' time if we're clumsy."
The resulting mix of bleak sci-fi, drama, satire and black comedy makes for highly intelligent Television and ranks among the most original and entertaining shows I've ever come across. The writing and directing are excellent and the cast includes such talented thesps as Domhnall Gleeson, Rory Kinnear, Toby Kebbell, Hayley Atwell, Jon Hamm, Jason Flemyng and Rupert Everett - to name but a few. Unique, fascinating and highly recommended. 9 stars out of 10.
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To sum up this series for me is quite easy, It's a dark look at what
could be, and a very deep look at the worst of human nature.
The cast and set are different every time, but one theme I found recurring was that each episode was extremely haunting, and it definitely gets the viewer thinking about what could be if the world was just a little bit different. I don't think Black Mirror will appeal to everyone because some themes are a slightly uncomfortable especially in the pilot episode. So far the actors that have been cast have done an amazing job, and the writers have managed to make some far fetched ideas seem graspable. Basically this series is unlike anything else on TV and for that it gets a big thumbs up from me.
I don't want to write any spoilers, but what I will say is this if you want a drama with dark twist or a series that is completely Original make it Black Mirror.
The double entendre that is Black Mirror's name summarizes the show
perfectly. The first interpretation is that the show looks inwards, at
the darker aspects of humanity and society. This is done through the
theme of technology, hence the second meaning. The black mirror is the
screen that rules our lives.
Each self-contained episode is brilliantly crafted and produced. The stories are compelling and the acting is phenomenal. This show is not for those looking exclusively for entertainment, as the episodes leave you with a distinctly empty feeling. Although this is obviously the intent, one cannot help but wonder at the creators' bleak outlook on the world. The presence of bestiality in the first episode could very well deter some viewers, but I would remind them that the show is Twilight Zone-esque in structure as well as theme. The episodes may be watched in any order, as they are all completely independent of one another. The second episode in particular is storytelling of the highest form.
Black Mirror is disturbing in the best possible way. It unflinchingly explores the issues of society through deeply intimate stories and characters and their interactions with technology. Let me be clear, it will not leave you feeling fulfilled. Watching it was an exhausting experience that shook me deeply. The thought provoking subject matter combine with powerful, desolate stories and excellent performances to create one of the most unique and brilliant shows that I have seen. It not only holds the viewer's attention while it plays, it enthralls your thoughts long after the credits roll.
This is NOT anti-utopian, it is an actual mirror of a utopian idea gone terribly wrong.
I've only watched 3 episodes so far and each one has made me think, made me go back and look again, made me ask myself why this had never occurred to me before.
I would call this sci-fi in the richest sense of the genre.... it is not about science, but how science affects human beings. The one thing that never seems to change is us. Technology evolves, mutates, advances and declines, but human beings, our feelings, our courage, fears, and desires remain within us.
I love this show. I hope you will love it too. And I hope you will think.
The creativity is the main problem, especially in modern culture product till 2000's. We always seen main concepts, same approaches and same faces on our TV's, and cinemas. Even trying something different and genius, has become very commonplace. But Black Mirror is totally different and witty. You need only five minute watching to understand this. Different point of view, different stories, different but natural talented faces... Some ideas in this artwork could be disturb you, but this makes it consummate. It questions your life, routines, choices you made, the basic code of ethics you have... At the end, you only feel the happiness of awareness. Thank you for showing me something different than usual, thank you for make me more aware.
Watching it was disturbing and shocking at the same time.
Depressive in a way, but also genius and defying! The way it makes you question and think about reality and our modern technological ages it's brilliant!
And although being fictional and mostly sci-fi, it's so realistic in the scariest way!
It's not about tech... it's about us and our "human nature", the good and the bad, our best and worst as humans and that is definitely the most disturbing aspect of it all.
Worth seeing it all with detailed attention cause it's probably one of the most intelligent and critical TV series done recently!!
Thank you Mr Brooker and all the team!
P.S.: the first two episodes are probably the most disturbing ones and it's curious that all the bad reviews focus only in the first one... Reading those bad reviews only make more sense to the all series idea... Shocking uh? But wouldn't we be all in the pub watching it?
I found myself irritated with one of the reviewers who gave this
mini-series a terrible review because it left him feeling "disturbed".
Ermm.... I think that's the intention....
As many others have pointed out, the series is superbly put together: the actors are great; the script, if anything, is minimalist and the production excellent.
This isn't reality TV. This picks out the darkest aspects of how are future in this this modern age could end up, in extremis....
Personally, I think it's a Facebook/Twitter/Flickr/Android/iPhone/Tab/internet horror story and whilst I think it's probably too brutal for most people, it is a reflection of how we give up and of ourselves to the digital, overwhelmingly public way that the world now wants us to be.
I love the show. Will it change my FB or other behavior? No but, truth be told, I might be watching out of the corner of my eye....
After watching the first episode, I was shocked about the negative
reviews it received. I'm going to be honest, it wasn't what I expected
but that doesn't make it bad. It was very dark, and very shocking; Had
me completely on the edge of my seat throughout. You will have to watch
it with an open mind as it is somewhat distasteful and well...
extremely far-fetched (Which is pretty absurd for a satire, but I
digress.) I did thoroughly enjoy it however, it hit all the right
After watching the second episode, I was left in shock about the jarring contrast from the first episode. It's so different than the prior, it's set in an alternate reality and is just.. unusual. Still dark, still intriguing, but didn't quite capture my imagination the way the first one did.
The third and final instalment was probably my favourite of the 3. It was again, completely unrelated from the previous 2, but it had a really interesting concept and narrative, and was executed phenomenally.
All in all, the series as a whole is very interesting, if somewhat inconsistent.
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