On Watching Black Mirror – A Warning

3/21/2017

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I've heard such good but mixed things about this show and decided to watch it myself so I could form my own opinion on it. Now that I'm almost through all three seasons, I must say this is one of the greatest shows I have ever encountered.

Although it is so amazing and eye-opening and I think everyone should see it because it is mind boggling to the point where you yourself begin to think really deeply, this is not for everyone, I believe. The topics that are touched on can be portrayed rather brutally and will leave you with a lingering depressing or even distraught feeling because of how intense it is.

This is how Wikipedia describes the series:

Featuring stand-alone dramas – sharp, suspenseful, satirical tales that explore techno-paranoia – "Black Mirror" is a contemporary reworking of "The Twilight Zone" with stories that tap into the collective unease about the modern world. Each story features its own cast of unique characters and touches on different issues.

This show will surprise you and take you to poignant places in your mind you didn't even know existed. The elements can be really shocking and appalling, others creep up on you slowly as you come to the end of the episode. All for one purpose: To make a very important point.

As every single episode could be its own stand-and-alone film, my advice while watching would be: Don't binge this series. I really mean it, guys. This series is amazing but really don't make the mistake to binge watch this one. There aren't many episodes but I think that's good as each episode is heavy on its own and there's only so much one can take in a day.

I binged the first two seasons in several days and found myself not being able to sleep – not because it's a Horror show or anything but because the topics and the genius twists made me stay up all night thinking about them.

To those who know the show, do you agree? Which episodes kept you awake (no spoilers, though)? I am planning on writing reviews on my favourite episodes where we can all discuss in the comments...

Until then – stay alert,
Arden

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