Black Mirror

Plot: An anthology TV series that is now available on Netflix. It is science fiction and it depicts what technology could be like for us years from now. Each episode contains a different story, characters, actors and setting.

Began: 2011

Created By: Charlie Brooker

Stars: Hayley Atwell, Rafe Spall,  Jon Hamm, Daniel Kayuuya, Tuppence Middleton, Bryce Dallas Howard and Kelly Macdonald.

Season 1 Episode 1: The National Anthem


A strong opening episode. However, it didn’t contain much technology, not like later episodes. This episode is about the Prime Minister being blackmailed into saving a Princess. The act he has to carry out is despicable and he has to do it on live TV in front of the nation. You think that they’re going to be able to find the person responsible before he has to perform the act but they don’t and that’s what made the episode so good because it was so shocking.

This was my favourite episode of season one.

Season 1 Episode 2: Fifteen Million Merits


I wasn’t that keen on this episode. It was full of technology but I found it a bit boring and I didn’t really take to the characters. In this episode, people must perform things they don’t want to do or they will go back to being slaves.

This was my least favourite episode of season one.

Season 1 Episode 3: The Entire History of you


In this episode, humans have memory implants that record absolutely everything they do, see or hear. I really liked this episode because the technology was actually exciting. Imagine being able to remember everything and be able to flick through your own life like a TV show. It was a great episode.

Season 2 Episode 1: Be Right Back


This episode was quite sad. A young adult loses her partner but she is introduced to a system that allows her to stay in touch with the deceased. It was a little bit creepy but you have to feel for her. It’s hard letting go of someone you love.

Season 2 Episode 2: White Bear


This is an extremely dark episode, a woman wakes up and doesn’t remember anything. Everyone refuses to communicate with her. The end of the episode reveals what is actually going on and it was very dark and sinister.

Season 2 Episode 3: The Waldo Moment


You can’t help but feel sorry for the man in this episode. He is the voice behind a comedic bear who decides to run for office. This episode is quite relatable for the fact that with everything going on in the world at the minute in politics, would it be so bad if a bear ran our country?

I didn’t really have a favourite in this season, they were all on par with each other.

Christmas Special: White Christmas


Two pieces of technology meet up in this episode and two different men are telling their stories. It wasn’t very festive but it was very entertaining.

Season 3 Episode 1: Nosedive


In the world in this episode, people have ratings so everyone you encounter you rate out of five and you have an overall score. The higher your score the better your life because you have access to more things, you get better flights, better cars and houses. So you can never really be horrible to someone or your luxuries will be revoked. It’s kind of what’s wrong with today’s society, especially in schools, people think you have to be popular in order to be somebody, well you don’t. Popularity means nothing, especially if you’re not a very nice person which is what is shown in this episode.

Season 3 Episode 2: Playtest


This episode was the worst. It was just too bizarre but some people like that, I guess. A man struggling for cash decides to test a game out but things feel too real.

Season 3 Episode 3: Shut Up and Dance


The teenager in this has literally the worst time ever. He is blackmailed into carrying out tasks he doesn’t want to do. Every time he gets a text message he has to obey but he’s not the only one. There are others as well.

This was one of my favourites of this season.

Season 3 Episode 4: San Junipero


This episode is probably the most different to any other in the series. A quite shy girl and a loud party girl meet up and sparks fly.

Season 3 Episode 5: Men Against Fire


A soldier experiences technical glitches. I didn’t really like this episode.

Season 3 Episode 6: Hated in the Nation


Social media storms surrounding certain people are causing them to die. When the detectives figure out how they’re dying, they’re baffled. It’s something that’s never happened before. This episode lasts longer than any other and is one of the best from the whole series. It was fantastic.

The best part about this show is that the good guys don’t always win, in fact, I don’t think they ever do. The episodes are so realistic in a sense of where the world is going. There’s so much crime and violence and technology are advancing. I feel like the show actually predicts the future.

The episodes are very up and down which is a shame but it’s going to be like that because they’re all completely different. Some episodes you will love and others you will really dislike.

I’m really excited for another season. I would definitely recommend this show because it really opens your eyes up to the possibilities of what the future may have in store for us.


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