Anonymous

Black Mirror is a haunting and impactful television series featuring stand-alone episodes that explore the differing ways in which technology could revolutionise the world – but not necessarily in a positive way. Every episode leaves you feeling empty, confused, and desperately wanting more. With a different director leading a brand new cast every time, the series is unique in its ideas and concepts, however the show is anything but unrealistic. The confronting realism of the series is the best part of the show.

Consisting of three seasons, there are numerous episodes to explore but the episode White Bear is perhaps one of the most intriguing and poignant.

The story begins with a woman sitting in a chair waking up dazed utterly confused, she doesn’t know who she is or where she is. Upon walking out of the house she sees people filming her on their phones. She begs to know what is happening, but none of them will speak. Then a man gets out of the car, with a ski mask on and aims a rifle at her. Decidedly terrified, she runs for her life.

The episode continues to explore concepts of reality and the power of the mind, as well as the power of people. The show twists the concepts of justice, leaving the audience to wonder who is the victim and who is the villain – only to be left without a solid conclusion and answer.

The most impactful part of the series is the slow realisation that technology isn’t the problem, its humanity’s flaws that are, these are simply exemplified through technology. I would highly recommend the series to anyone – it is remarkable.

9.5/10

Notable episodes:

  • White Bear
  • Shut Up and Dance
  • Nose Dive
  • The National Anthem
  • Playtest
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