Black Mirror casts dark reflections

November 29, 2016

 The Sci-fi anthology, Black Mirror, is sure to satisfy your cravings.

 

 

Daniel Kaluuya guest starring as Bingham "Bing" Madsen in S1E2 entitled Fifteen Million Merits. 

 

 

The third season’s first half of the Twilight Zone-like phenomenon comes roaring back to Netflix, as an original series with as much social commentary and grounded characters in new concept world’s as seen before. 


The exposition of over indulging in the breaking wave of the potentials our modern technology allows is at times difficult to watch, but much needed and is consistently done justice by the revolving door of guest talent that keeps spinning.    

 
The first episode, which happens to be the weakest as it is the lazy man’s Black Mirror episode, written by Mike Schur and Rashida Jones, is a very obvious rip off or interpretation of Community S5E8 in which people rate each other from daily interactions in a 1 to 5 scale system.

 

When a sitcom writer and actor rip off another sitcom, it
 Fortunately, J.J Abrams new protege, Dan Tranchtenberg steps for episode 2 and reminds us all to be on the lookout for these eccentric video game designers as we enter the era of VR. 


The train keeps steaming as Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones) guilds a teenager to the brink of insanity as they rage against the downside of anonymous online extortion. 


Episode 4, contains the substance of an Indie Film that would win Sundance but doesn’t get enough time to let the audience sink into the emotional center of the beautifully scripted connection between the 2 characters.


The only thing episode 5, Men Against Fire, suffers from is the studio’s need to appeal to everyone in the room as they allow Micheal Kelly (House of Cards) to go out of his way in explaining what is going  on.


The season concludes with a premise straight out of a Sherlock episode and is spearheaded by the on screen talent of Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire) and Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange).

 

Of course this is Black Mirror so the sci-fi trumps the investigation (no subtext) and the world is once again finding itself questioning the good and impunity of progress by the senseless fractions of people and “mundane” side effects it leaves behind in its trail. 


When a s how goes from 9 to 8.5, it’s still a player in the game. I give this TV show 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

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