Of the approximately three billion shows that Netflix has produced over the past years, none capture pure technologically-driven and futuristic horror like the anthology series, “Black Mirror”. The show has become equally as memorable as “The Twilight Zone” in a fraction of episodes. What stands out about the fascinating storytelling of “Black Mirror” is the brilliant use of technology to terrorize a world that has become increasingly dependent on technology itself.


Similar to “South Park”, “Black Mirror” uses satire when discussing current events and pop culture. For instance, the “Nosedive” episode starring Dallas Bryce Howard, depicts a young woman obsessed with the number rating she maintains on a social media platform that determines your status in society. The episode is an obvious lampoon of Facebook and Instagram gone too far.


The series also has a unique way of discussing current events occurring in the world today. In what’s arguably the only episode in the series that ends happily, “San Junipero” illustrates the story of two women who are inexplicably drawn to each other in the 1980’s coastal town of the same name as the episode. The portrayal of a same-sex couple falling for one another in a forever young town was in fact so well-received that “Black Mirror” won two Emmys, one for an “Outstanding Television Movie” and “Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series”.


If you read the endless amount of fan forums and websites dedicated to the series, then one episode stands out among the American viewers for allegedly “predicting the future”. The 2013 episode entitled “The Waldo Moment” depicts a fictional cartoon character named Waldo, gaining political power, acting outlandishly and saying ridiculous and false statements during the entire British political process. Yet as the episode progresses, Waldo ends up becoming a leader.


As an American, the thought of a fictional character who says wildly untrue or ridiculous statements and gaining political power in order to become President, hits a bit too close to home. This past Friday, Netflix released the 4th season of the hit series to massive acclaim. Quite like the previous seasons, the anthology style of storytelling allows multiple stories to be told on how and why technology could ruin someone’s life through different scenarios.


Black Mirror Season 4 Characters

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In the six episodes of the fourth season, viewers could see several homages to other well-known series that revolve around sci-fi and technology gone wrong. For instance, the black-and-white episode, “Metalhead”, tells the story of a woman in the post-apocalypse on the run from a deadly robot she encounters in a warehouse and her attempts to destroy it — I couldn’t help but think that the episode, while excellent in its own right, was an homage to the classic woman-versus-evil robot story of “The Terminator”.


To further address and somewhat parody current technological trends, the episode “Hang The DJ”, depicts two people falling in love by use of a dating app similar to Tinder or Bumble. Easily the best episode of the season is the finale “Black Museum”, which references previous Black Mirror episodes throughout its run, and addresses a variety of social issues It tells the story of a young lady in the middle of nowhere who is visiting a somewhat run-down museum of intricate technologies featured in prior episodes. The plot devolves into stories of how the technologies featured in said museum destroyed lives, and the unorthodox manner in which the museum owner created those technologies.            


The new season is nothing short of incredible. if you are in search of a new series to kick off the New Year, I couldn’t think of a better one than “Black Mirror.”


Have you seen the new season of “Black Mirror”? If so, Tweet me at @CaptainKasoff to debate which episode was the best.