In the vein of older anthology shows such as “The Twilight Zone” and “Outer Limits,” Netflix’s “Black Mirror” tackles social commentary while each episode is its own standalone story. This show focuses on humanity’s use of technology. Often its misuse or overindulgence. Now in its fourth season, the show began in 2011 in the UK and was later picked up by Netflix in 2015. The first two seasons are three episodes each, running about an hour and a half long per episode. Seasons three and four have been bumped up to six episodes each.
Each episode is like its own movie. Each with its own cast, story, and universe. All focus on technology and how humans use it or abuse it. There have been several episodes concerning cloning, including one season four episode dealing with digital clones. Episodes have included topics like social media, chip tracking your child, and uploading a loved one’s consciousness to an android.
The showrunner, Charlie Brooker, has recently begun adding in Easter eggs and allusions to past episodes, but more for the fans than to say there is any sort of shared universe. Along with being standalone episodes, they also tend to play with genre as well. Several are horror, but some are strictly science fiction, but others romance. Almost all of them are dark.
Not all of them are dark, though. The first episode of season four is a comedic in tone piece about the ethics of cloning without permission, but also deals with slavery of said clones. Its look and its feel are spoofing the original “Star Trek” series while still getting into a commentary about near future technology and online gaming.
Overall, this series does a great job of capturing the fun and excitement of anthologies of the past, all the while bringing a new spin on this style of storytelling. The focus here is on tech, which helps it feel modern and made for the current generation. A must see series that I highly recommend.
I give this Netflix series a 5 out of 5 stars.
“Black Mirror” is Not Rated.