By Hannah Butera
It seems like nowadays all the rave is about comedies and dramas. Netflix has an abundance of these kinds of shows, but maybe it’s time for a change. If you’re looking for a show that goes above and beyond the stereotypical, twenty minutes per episode series where each one is practically the same, here’s your answer: Black Mirror.
Black Mirror embodies a uniqueness that sets it far beyond any other series. If you’re familiar with the classic series The Twilight Zone, Black Mirror is a modernized version. The episodes have a dark, twisted, and often satirical nature that is intriguing beyond belief. As most of the episodes take place in what can be seen as the near-future, a common theme is the use of futuristic technologies that make or break society. Every episode is utterly unpredictable due to the constant, mysterious feeling that will leave you speechless.
Often times when you follow a show, it gets to the point where you’re bored with the plot itself or even the characters. With Black Mirror, this will never be the case. Every episode is completely unrelated, giving you a new surprise each and every time. In addition, as every episode uses a new cast, you will have new characters to watch and relate to. “I get bored with most shows, but never Black Mirror” said Senior, Tony Mobley. Another perk to this is that you can watch in any order you want.
The episodes are each stand-alone, telling their own story. For example, one episode is about a mind-controlling video game, while another is about a technology that forces you to rate, on a scale of one to five, every person you come in contact with based off of your interaction. Senior, Vincent Gurfolino, an avid fan of the show, suggests starting with the episode titled “Playtest”. “If you're new to the show, ‘Playtest’ is a good starting point because it introduces you to the shock and unpredictability that is in most episodes,” said Gurfolino. Every episode will leave you mind blown, questioning what the future could potentially have in store.
Black Mirror is captivating. Once you start one episode, you won’t be able to stop. Plus, a new season was just released that is even more engrossing than before. In saying this, if it’s time for you to start a new show, Black Mirror is your answer.