Black Mirror

Black Mirror: (3 Episodes) nihilistic social commentator and comedian Charlie Brooker’s latest TV drama Series. Despite each episode being set in a different reality, time and having different casts; all stories impeccably balance being realistic yet bizarre, believable yet surreal, sensible yet satirical, controversial & shocking yet engaging & thought-provoking. The series takes things from the present, twists and warps them until they’re barely recognizable, then throws it up on the screen as a cautionary tale, highlighting where these things can, have, or are going wrong. The casting and acting in particular are outstanding; production is ridiculously high and very slick – this is clearly something that has aimed exceptionally high from the planning through to post-production stages. The first two episodes are fantastic, however the finalé feels more like a single afterthought stretched to the limit – it’s still good, but has by far the least to say about the fewest subjects. The 15 Million Credits rant is among the most powerful and affecting TV moments I can remember watching. TV is undoubtedly where Brooker and his opinions shine brightest – I’ve started two of his books but finished neither due to page after page of  brutal insults becoming rapidly tedious. On the whole, Black Mirror is darkly satirical, riveting and massively unsettling, this could well be the important thing you’ll see on TV, but don’t read anything else about it as there’s spoilers everywhere; hunt this down and make your own mind up.

Score: 8/10

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Episode 1 – The National Anthem: The UK Prime Minister must meet a bizarre demand in order to free a kidnapped princess. Satire and commentary of newsrooms, politics, social media and the fickle public.
Episode 2 -15 Million Merits:
a numb dystopian future where people work for merits and spend on useless rubbish. Scathing critique of reality TV, talent shows, free-to-air adult channels, consumerism and where our lives may be heading.
Episode 3 – The Entire History of You:
anybody can have a chip that will replay any memory on demand… but that’s not always a good thing. Stand-alone sci-fi idea, definitely the odd one out.

2 comments
  1. noonanjohnc said:

    I’ve only seen the first and third of Black Mirror. They’re not showing it in Australia, so I’m having to find other means.

    Anyway, It was evident that Brooker didn’t didn’t have much of a hand in the third script. Whilst Episode 1 played like one of his Screenburn rants, the finale was, as you say, a bit flat. That said though, I did enjoy it on its on merits.

    On a random note… In the finale, was I the only one who thought the couple were asking the guy over for a threesome? It just stood out as a really weird scene.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      The second one (15 Million Credits) is probably the most effective/chilling and Brooker-esque. Well worth hunting down.

      Not sure about the threesome, with the wife/guy’s previous relationship. Think it was a scene that had to be there for the replay values later in the episode (paedo babysitter etc) and they didn’t really think about the rest much.

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