THE DYSTOPIAN OF BLACK MIRROR OR 2020?



Black Mirror is a dystopian sci-fi tv series that started in 2011 with the first three episodes. The creator, Charlie Brooker, wanted to show the potential harm, both mentally and physically, of the technologies in our time or in the near future. It’s an anthological series, which means that every episode has its own story.


Just to show you what we’re talking about, here are two examples of plot in the black mirror series:


In the first episode of season 1, Princess Susannah, a member of the British royal family, has been kidnapped. To return the Princess, the kidnapper demands that the country's Prime Minister, Michael Callow, has sexual intercourse with a pig on live television, otherwise he will kill her. Callow refuses to be blackmailed, but public opinion is gradually turning against him. Security forces are trying to locate the kidnapper, but every effort fails.



In an episode from season 2, Martha lives with her boyfriend Ash, who spends a lot of time on social media. One day, Ash dies in a car accident, leaving Martha alone and pregnant. To get through the pain Martha buys a software online that allows her to speak with an AI controlled Ash’s voice through the laptop or the phone. When she drops and breaks her phone, she gets desperate. Artifical Ash tells her of a new experimental service: a fully artificial body in the shape of his beloved one controlled by his AI.



As you can see this show is very “uncomfortable”. It makes you feel the danger in something you use more and more everyday, and has now become part of our society. In the first two season, every episode has different topics about the influence of technologies: "warped political satire", "dystopian hells-cape", and "relationship torn apart by technology".


You can find all the Black Mirror tv show on Netflix, but don’t expect to see a new season, because sadly there won’t be one anytime soon, as the creator himself made us understand: “At the moment, I don’t know what stomach there would be for stories about societies falling apart, so I’m not working away on any on of those [‘Black Mirror’ episodes]”. Right now, the world is too hurt by the pandemic, the lockdown and all their consequences for stories like these, it almost feels like the world is turning into the dystopic place, we can see in the show.







Netflix advertised the show by putting a mirror on a bus stop. You can watch season 5 on netflix, the 6th is happening in real life.



Article by

Alessio Rigoletti

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