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The Latest Pull


Netflix has made the decision to revive the cult sci-fi series black mirror for another twelve episodes to run, which is already twice as many episodes that were in both seasons 1 and 2 combined. For those that have not yet seen Black Mirror though, it can be best described as an anthology that focuses on how we use technology, human nature (in a very bleak sense), and if we were given access to the advanced technology that many science fiction television shows and movies describe, how would we as human beings truly use it? Each episode has its own set of rules and is its own world just how the twilight zone was, but unlike the twilight zone, each episode focuses solely on a different aspect of technology.



With the exception of “A Waldo Moment,” every episode of black mirror is near perfect with no drop in quality between episodes. Episode 1, “The National Anthem,” starts things off in a way to set you up so you know just what kind of show you are getting into. Without spoiling too much of the plot, the episode entails the beloved princess of the royal family (Lydia Wilson) being kidnapped, and the person holding her will only set her free if the Prime Minister (Rory Kinnear) has sex with a pig on live, national television. Right off the bat, Rory Kinnear’s character does everything he can to try and apprehend the kidnapper without even entertaining the idea of going through with his demands. Things change quickly though, and the prime minister learns that the man holding the princess captive knows how to sway the general public.




The self-awareness of the work in black mirror sets it far apart from other shows, and does a very good job of singling out a particular aspect of human nature, putting it up on a pedestal, and then showing us why we are not ready for the technology that we all desire.