“Black Mirror” Review

Shakira Hashemesohi, Senior editor/reporter

Chances are you have heard the phrase, “Technology is ruining our generation.” Well, producer and screenwriter, Charlie Brooker, takes this idea to another level with his hit Netflix series, “Black Mirror.” “Black Mirror” is a suspenseful, thought provoking drama that explores the ideas of techno-paranoia. The highly anticipated season 4 was released on December 29th, 2017 and it is safe to say, it did not disappoint.

The series opens up with a space, Star Trek styled episode, “USS Callister,”which grasps the viewers attention from start to finish. It is a brilliant mix of suspense and humor and it becomes very easy to feel connected to certain characters right away. The episode titled, “Arkangel,” follows, which shows the dangers of being too overprotective as parent and bares eerie similarities to our current lifestyle. Chris Handel ‘18 says, “[“Black Mirror”] has an interesting way of tying together aspects of horror and drama to criticize our growing technological world,” in regard to why certain episodes leave such a deep impression on the audience.

One of the weaker episodes, in my opinion, is “Crocodile.” The plot follows a woman whose past finally catches up with her and causes a plethora of challenges. While it was engaging, it seemed repetitive and somewhat dragged out. My personal favorite episode this season was, “Hang the DJ,” which examines  the technology behind dating apps in the world of “Black Mirror.” This captivating episode warmed the hearts of many due to the relationship storyline and the uplifting ending, which was refreshing for a show that usually deals with such dark subject matter. The season is closed out with a mysterious story titled, “Black Museum,” that constantly leaves the audience shocked with major plot twists and small “Easter eggs” thats seem to connect all the previous episodes. It was a great way to wrap up the intense season and really encapsulated what “Black Mirror” is all about.

It may be difficult to wrap your head around the whirlwind that is “Black Mirror” having not seen any episodes, which is why I highly encourage everyone to watch it and experience this insane world for themselves. The sci-fi series will make you feel a range of emotions and have you questioning everything you thought you knew about our current technological status. It is definitely not a show for the faint hearted as it deals with topics such as death, isolation, heartbreak, and abuse. If you are looking for a show that will make you think about the our world in a deeper way while also keeping you on the edge of your seat, then “Black Mirror” is the show for you.