Black mirror, the award-winning science fiction series by Charlie Brooker, is something like a current version of The Twilight Zone (who recently returned to television), but with a modern touch driven by technology. The dark and sinister stories of the series examine what could happen if technological development and our seemingly innocuous digital habits went too far. The surprise endings (or terrible awakenings) are at the core of each story, so it is not surprising that the best chapters of Black mirror They have hypnotized their viewers and created hordes of fantastic.
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The story of Black mirror Netflix dates back to 2015 and, for now, the series has already begun with its fifth season.
In fact, Netflix won the rights to this series born in Great Britain, commissioning 12 episodes divided equally in the third and fourth season. Season 3 debut in October 2016 and season 4 was launched in December 2017. The series got two Primetime Emmy Awards in 2017 and, because it is a series that you cannot miss, we have selected for you the best chapters of Black mirror.
And be careful! A lot of spoilers are coming next.
10. USS CALLISTER
Temporada 4, chapter 1
When you start watching the first chapter of the fourth season of Black mirror, initially you might think that you selected the wrong series. The truth is that it is a change considering what the fans of Black mirror They are accustomed, with comic elements and special effects. But don't be fooled: dark and sinister nuances remain the heart of the story.
This chapter in question analyzes what happens when a programmer and a co-founder of a video game company uses a secret and simulated world in his game to become a powerful man.
Moreover, all those around him become digital clones in the virtual world, unable to escape from this alternative life: they are their digital slaves.
Season 4, chapter 2
How many parental controls is too much? When taking a look at this episode, directed by Jodie Foster, we see a mother who authorizes her young son to have an implant with the intention of being able to locate him if he is lost.
But, like a lot of technology today, it gets caught up in those seemingly harmless additional features, which include live streaming from the child's point of view, leaking inappropriate or scary images (ranging from brutal violence and blood to a threatening dog) and even verification of vital signs as an amplified activity tracker.
As the episode progresses, the mother's intrusion becomes counterproductive in more ways than one.
8. HATED IN THE NATION
Season 3, Chapter 6
Every action should have consequences and that also applies to the Internet, where people often hide behind anonymity.
A seemingly harmless Twitter hashtag, #DeathTo, becomes more sinister. This is a horrible wake-up call for those who see the Internet as a place where they can post harmful content without consequences, something that has become a hot topic in recent years.
7. FIFTEEN MILLION MERITS
Season 1, Chapter 2
Have you ever seen the stars of reality shows and thought of them as simple trapped hamsters? His misfortunes and mistakes become spectacles and this chapter takes this notion and develops it.
In this distorted description of society, people are literally trapped in an enclosed space with constant screen stimulation and are forced to use stationary bicycles to acquire "merits" that can be exchanged for needs and details.
Finally, an ambitious singer is pushed into the world of pornography, while a friend ends up getting her own weekly show.
Season 3, chapter 1
Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, this chapter offers a terrifying view of what could be our obsession with the approval and attention of social networks.
In this new world, social classification, which includes the amount of "likes" you get, not only influences your way of thinking about yourself, but also works as a currency.
Everyone can make or break their social "qualification" based on their interactions. Your overall score can affect a job promotion, purchase or even where each person lives. Consequently, a society is created in which no one feels comfortable showing their true feelings.
Season 2, Chapter 4
If technology can literally eliminate people from your life by making you unable to see them physically, and trap a person within their own consciousness, this episode reveals what might seem like such a reality.
Not only do we see a man imprisoned in his own mind, but he is also caught reliving Christmas Day, realizing that he has killed an older man and caused the death of a child.
4. SAN JUNIPERO
Season 3, Chapter 4
Winner of two Emmy awards, this touching episode explores the idea of life and death.
While much of the story follows two very opposite young people in the 80s exploring their romantic love, the underlying theme is that of "life" after death.
Both women are really old, one is quadriplegic, but they experience this "life" virtually. They face a difficult decision: do they abandon their diseased human bodies and join a simulated reality, living the "life" through their conscious minds after death?
Launched between the fourth and fifth season of the series, this independent film is among the best entries in Black mirror to date, not only for his fascinating story of a young computer programmer who tries to adapt a fantasy novel in expansion, while fighting against his own psychological demons (real and imagined), but also for the way he tells the story.
Bandersnatch It is presented in an interactive narrative, “choose your own adventure” style, which allows viewers to influence the actions of the main character and determine how the story unfolds.
A lot of twists in the plot, recursive elements of the story and various endings await the audience of the film, and like the best episodes of the series, Bandersnatch He opens new paths in ways that keep him thinking long after the story ends.
2. THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF YOU
Season 1, Chapter 3
Imagine being able to record everything you see and hear. A "device" implanted behind the ear in this fictional world does just that. It allows to reproduce a conversation, childhood memory, etc., that is, almost anything, at any given time.
While it may seem fun and useful at first, such power can lead to unfortunate events. In fact, a man in this episode discovers how it can sound great in theory, it can quickly become very dark.
1. BE RIGHT BACK
Season 2, chapter 1
The big brands can design complete profiles of us based on the personal information we share on the internet, what we like or comment on, and even how we interact with others through social networks.
This episode explores how much of us can be discerned from this huge database of information that is being stored online.
When a man dies, his wife tempts fate through the use of technology that simulates voice and personality on the phone and gradually tries other techniques on the same line. But can we really artificially recreate a person, and all its peculiarities, based on algorithms?
BONUS TRACK: Black Museum
Season 4, episode 6
This episode, with which the last season culminates marvelously, deserves an honorable mention. It includes its own mini-anthology, along with tons of surprises from previous episodes. A young woman encounters a Black Museum run by a socipata and a variety of ancient technologies that have gone wrong. While exploring the room, look at some familiar devices, including the DNA scanner of the inaugural episode of the last season, USS Callister, the tablet device of Arkangel and an autonomous drone of Hated in the Nation. There are also many of the themes of past episodes, including the reference to putting the elderly in the cloud, a memory of San Junipero and tiny circular-looking devices that connect to people's heads to do everything from copies of consciousness to storage of memories.
It was an end more than appropriate for a great series that will eventually return in its fifth season at some time in the future (we hope very soon!)
* Article updated on June 5, 2019 by Estefania Oliver.