Mar 14 2013
I often take movie/show/game recommendations from readers, who suggest many to me based on what they know of my own tastes. Sometimes, this happens with my writers as well. I’ve discovered countless horror films thanks to Remy, for example.
Well, this time the credit goes to our own Benny Bedlam who thought I (and all of you) might like Black Mirror. I just finished all six of its episodes (love those insanely short British seasons), and can confirm that it is indeed awesome, and very well might be one of the best sci-fi shows ever made.
I liked it because it felt like I was reading some really cool sci-fi short stories. Many will probably be reminded of The Twilight Zone, where a bizarre sci-fi scene was concocted to make a larger point about something in society. Black Mirror is just like that, but with a tech focus. It’s either commentary about the current state of our techno-infused lives, or imagining the logical (or illogical) conclusions of where technology can take us.
I too had the same favorite episodes as Benny. “The Entire History of You” where you can instantly playback any memory from your life was bizarre, but powerful, though my favorite had to be “Be Right Back” about a woman who reassembles her dead husband with the help of social media. I also really liked the gamification of “15 Million Merits.” But really, they’re all pretty damn good. It’s like Sherlock. With so few episodes they can ensure that each one attempts to be more fantastic than the last. I wish we’d try something similar here in the USA, but we’re not really a fan of moderation. People start crying about how short a season is when it’s ten episodes long.
Anyway, I didn’t want to do a complete review and recommendation as Benny’s already done that, but I just wanted to throw my full support behind the idea that all of you should watch this immediately.
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