Sci-fi dramas are all the rage in this day and age. With ‘Westworld’ dominating the conversation surrounding AI and consequentialist morality, ‘Black Mirror’, the dystopian tech-genre anthology is extremely underrated and under-appreciated. Whether you’re the blissful surfer riding the wave of technology into the future or the skeptic who has discovered the harbingers of the apocalyptic robot revolution, this show packs a punch for all.

The series boasts a different plot and a different cast for each episode, executed in a fantastic manner over 3 seasons with 1 more upcoming to (hopefully) mesmerise us.

It explores sensational issues ranging from superficiality on social media, cyber-crimes, advanced warfare to LGBT issues.

Each episode will leave you yearning for more of the cynical humour and the pungent satire of what we’re headed towards. If you’re into episodes that leave you in the vast expanse of thought, this is the show for you.

As social media continues to dominate the modern social system and encroach further into more intimate spheres of our lives, it has been a central theme of the show.

Imagine you have the ability to recreate a deceased, loved one simply from all the memories you’ve shared on Facebook and Instagram.

It would encapsulate all the interactions, emotions and the times you spammed each other’s timeline with Trash Dove. But would it truly capture the essence of their soul or are their memories best preserved in the sanctuary of our hearts -intangible and perpetual?  ‘Be Right Back’, the thought-provoking tearjerker from season 2 provides insight into the evolution of love in the post-modern.

Has technology gone too far?

Has technology gone too far?

However, the prominence of social media is just as pertinent at present. We are so obsessed with snapping each meal with the perfect filter and the appropriate hashtag that we don’t capture the authenticity of the moment- in the laughter, the tears that make up the moment. We sensationalise people who commit violence or simply engage in ridiculous activities to attain cheap publicity. We commodify such acts through the sale of merchandise. We hardly notice how we sometimes sell out our own moral compass for the price of popularity.

Such themes have been interestingly explored in episodes like ‘Million Merits’ or ‘Nosedive’ where the currency has been abolished and our socio-economic status is determined by how others rate us.

While the franchise series hosts some of the best written episodes in the genre, it has a notoriety of preaching rather than projecting. Charlie Brooker, the creator of the show, tends to make repetitive episodes and that too of the ones with the weaker plot. But when you look past the minor gaffes, it truly is a breathtaking series that will make you think. If you think that our culture and nation is immune to the dynamic of the changing tech-world, think again. From cyber-crimes to the spread of fake news (a person’s face on the moon? smh) we have experienced all the fads of the decadent side of the internet. Black Mirror simply calls us out on our blindness, with theatrics and humour. If you want an eye opener about death and afterlife, environmental terrorism and the misuse of online anonymity then this is the show for you.

by Ishmamul Hawk