Netflix Binge: Black Mirror

by Alex Udraufski-Osborne

The Students’ Union elections signal the end of the academic year. That means deadlines, exams, and, ultimately, stress—which all sounds daunting and, frankly, unwanted. However, it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. There is always an escape. One way to escape is through the beloved-by-students, Netflix (nicely stolen borrowed from a friend and/or relative that pays the bill every month). No TV license required and unlimited binge watching whenever you want. Glorious. One of the tougher things with Netflix is choosing what to watch. This series aims to help you decide on just that, what to binge watch. This month, if you haven’t already, be prepared to binge watch, Black Mirror.

This month, we will be delving into the strange, but not-to-distant world of, Black Mirror. Created by Charlie Brooker, Netflix houses all four of the mind-bending, craziness. What’s best is that its anthology style means that you can dive into episode, of any season, in any order you want at any time. Talk about living life by your own rules.

Each episode tackles a different ‘problem’ that the writers (which there are too many to name here) believe is prominent in today’s modern living. These range from absolute, in your face attempts to parody them, to more subtle efforts to do so. The show is called Black Mirror for a reason. Firstly, because it’s a cool sounding name. Secondly, because it’s a reference to the reflection you see on a device when you turn it off – i.e. an actual black mirror. Many of the episodes centre around humans and our fascination/relationship with technology and, often, this is put under scrutiny in the episode.

Black Mirror has featured a plethora of different actors including – but not limited to – stars both prominent on the big and small screens. Jesse Plemons (Paul, Fargo), Cristin Milioti (How I met your mother), Jimmi Simpson (Westworld, Breakout Kings). The list goes on.
Have I sold it to you? Black Mirror is one of the ‘must watch’ shows of our time, and it’s all available right now on our favourite provider, Netflix.

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