Black Mirror is one of those shows that can be completely real. This Twilight Zone-esque program takes away some of the horror of the “other side” and gives it a more post-modern, light hearted, cock-your-head-and-squint-your-eyes feel. It’s weird. But the reality of this is that…they seem completely plausible.

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What would you do?

 

Take the first episode, “The National Anthem”. It’s the story of the Prime Minister of Britain dealing with the demands of a kidnapper that took the Queen’s daughter; in order for the Duchess to be released, he has to “make love to a pig” on live television. The intriguing part is that the whole episode takes place within a day; showing how fast social media can spread and deliver news. It’s not…scary per se, but it does make us question the potentials of social media.

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Still, with this show receiving a lot of views due to its recent showing on Netflix, there has been enough buzz to warrant a possible US adaptation. According to Variety, Endemol, the recently merged company behind The Biggest Loser, American Idol, Big Brother, and Black Mirror has declared they “have a plan” for an adaptation of the series in the US. Not surprisingly, American Idol and Big Brother are also adaptations of British-original shows.

Black Mirror even satirizes its own shows.
Black Mirror even satirizes its own shows.

Me? I’m excited. The series is short, so it’s a quick watch. And you should watch it. It’s simple in its execution and complex in its layers. It speaks to us as a society and satirizes it while holding a mirror up to our own psyche.

 

More soon.

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