The Technology Takeover

What are the lengths that technology can grow to, what are the consequences of advanced technology? Well, the Netflix original series Black Mirror answers those questions for us. And with the recent release of season 4, the hype and praise the series has been getting has only gotten better and better.

Unlike many other television series, Black Mirror showcases an entirely different story each episode. The episodes aren’t related to each other story wise, however, each episode demonstrates a near future where technology has dire consequences on humanity.

The series first debuted on British television in 2011 and then made its way to Netflix in 2014. The company eventually bought the show in 2015 where it turned into a Netflix original series.

Ever since its introduction to Netflix, Black Mirror has been one of the company’s biggest successes, especially with the premiere of season four on December 29, 2017.

The latest season presented us with six episodes, just like the last season. The six episodes titles (in order of the show): “USS Callister,” “Arkangel,” “Crocodile,” “Hang the DJ,” “Metalhead,” and “Black Museum.”

“USS Callister” presents itself with the concept of the classic Star Trek where the characters in the game are real people, stuck and under the control of a power-hungry CEO, desperate for attention.

“Arkangel” follows a paranoid mother worried about the troubles her daughter would get into, so she implants a tracker into her daughter so she can watch her every move.

“Crocodile” begins with a young woman who became an accomplice to a murder. On the other hand, another woman conducts an investigation completely unrelated to the first incident, or so she thinks.

“Hang the DJ” exhibits a dystopian world where people are set-up in relationships, but each relationship has an expiration date. Two people decide to defy this law to pursue their relationship.

“Metalhead” is a unique episode in the show, as it is the only episode in the entire series that is filtered in black and white. It follows a woman on a scavenging mission, but is cut short due to vicous and violent robots.

The final episode, “Black Museum,” showcases the museum in the middle of nowhere, with strange exhibits of infamous props, all linked to some sort of crime committed with each item.

The show received a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and was overall given great reviews. TV critic, Justin Burke of The Australian stated that season four was, “An astonishing, superlative piece of work in every aspect.” Tristram Fane Saunders of Daily Telegraph UK stated, “We could be looking at the best season of Black Mirror yet.”

Some reviewers critique the season for straying away from the technology aspect of the show and the ratio of “good to bad” episodes. Sonia Saraiya of Variety stated, “... I had to grit my teeth to get through Black Mirror.” Brian Tellerico of stated,”Season four has only one real high's the episode that feels the least like a chapter of Black Mirror.”

Nonetheless, Black Mirror exhibits interesting and controversial topics about society and the advancements of technology, and it leaves us asking us “Can this really happen?”

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