Modern Twilight Zone satirizes society’s obsession with technology


Black Mirror has faults, but is watchable.

“Black Mirror,” a British science-fiction anthology series, serves as a Twilight Zone for the modern age; it’s well deserving of a binge watch from cynical Netflix viewers searching for a quick, intellectual show.

As the title suggests, the show is a bleak satire on society’s ever-growing obsession with technology. Each episode deals with a fresh set of faces detailing dystopian situations that, for the most part, are quite plausible in the near future.

The first episode makes a point of how glued society is to phones and TV’s when a member of the royal family is kidnapped and the one term of her safe release is that the Prime Minister must have sex with a pig on national television. Coincidentally, real life Prime Minister David Cameron has had allegations of a similar situation made against him in late September resulting in the #PigGate.

Netflix has picked up “Black Mirror” for a 12-episode third season, four times the amount of episodes in each season currently available for streaming, which further stresses how worthy it is of being watched.

Even Robert Downey, Jr. has optioned a season one episode to be made into a movie. The episode, “The Entire History of You,” highlights the tragic story of a married couple in times during which humans have devices implanted in their head that gives the ability to replay memories to oneself or on a screen.

While “Black Mirror” is deeply thought provoking, leaving viewers questioning how they’d respond to the given technology or universe presented in each episode, it also has its cracks — particularly episodes with their own universe.

I understand that there is only so much that can be done in the time limit of each episode, but what makes the show so addicting is being able to imagine some of the scenarios actually happening during our time; that is incredibly difficult for a viewer to do without more of a backstory as to how technology advanced or how laws were passed allowing things to become a certain way.

Also missing are details of how people around the world, not just the United Kingdom and the focus characters, have adapted to the particular ways of life the show explores.

An honest and brutal portrayal of how our society may develop, “Black Mirror” is great for anyone who owns anything with a black mirror, which is quite literally everyone.