Netflix marked the return of Black Mirror yesterday and it didn’t disappoint – not one bit!
Staying true to the show’s technology-obsessed mindset, “Black Mirror” saw a massive upgrade. Launching on Netflix the six new narratives go from social satire to police procedural to horror with a new cast of American talent, but the same fascination with the darker impulses of our society. No restrictions on duration length either with the last episode being 89 minutes.
For me the standout episode has to be the first “Nosedive”, set in a word where an app permitting you to rate everything out of five is so essential to everyday living that people judge you socially by your rating (Uber anyone?).
Bryce Dallas Howard who plays Lacie our protagonist, begins the episode sure and confident of herself. This being Black Mirror, what’s on the surface soon slips and the pastel colours which sets the scene turns into a dark world which is heightened by the character’s descent into hell.
Much of the episodes follow this style and the thing that makes the show so compelling, is that Brooker and his collaborators have developed a real knack for taking these seemingly far-flung narratives and making them feel extremely relatable.
So as it’s the weekend boxset Black Mirror – you will not regret.