Black Mirror, a tv show review

A tv show review by: Lee Sonogan

(2011 – ) 1h/ Drama, sci-fi, thriller


A television anthology series that shows the dark side of life and technology. Black mirror is a reference to the effect of a TV or computer screen when switched off, giving a dark reflection of the onlooker. Each hour episode is like a short movie. You do not have to watch this show in any order to understand each story. The show will leave you in awe thinking about its interesting concepts/themes.

Despite numerous references in different stories suggesting they all take place in the same universe, series creator Charlie Brooker has said each episode is set in its own world excluding possible sequels to specific stories. Charlie Brooker said that despite the show’s themes, he loves technology. “It’s not waving a fist at the iCloud,” he added.

From the second to the third season, the series changes from being a distinctly British show to featuring American actors in most main roles. This is because the first two seasons were produced by British production company Zeppotron, where as season 3  was commissioned and produced by Netflix.

Hannah John-Kamen, Jerome Flynn, Faye Marsay, Donald Sumpter, Oona Chaplin, Tobias Menzies, Natalia Tena, and Francis Magee have all had recurring roles on the tv show Game of Thrones. At some point in each episode, a character says the word ‘Oi’.

Robert Downey, Jr. was so impressed after watching the third episode of the first season called ‘ The entire history of you’ that he optioned developing it into a movie for his own production house ‘Team Downey’.

The resulting mix of brutal sci-fi, drama, satire and black comedy makes for highly intelligent television and is among the most original and entertaining shows I’ve ever come across. The writing is epic and the story telling WILL keep you watching to the end. Each final scene of the show has a powerful message/twist to some up the story in a perfect way. I recommend this tv show to people who like the concept or enjoy thriller type movies. You watching it yet?

PS – Do not research what the episodes are about. You need to watch it unaware to appreciate it after you complete watching it.


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