Daniel Kaluuya and Jessica Brown Findlay in Black Mirror: Fifteen Million Merits (2011). Black Mirror is a Netflix original anthology series. Each delightfully dark short story is an uneasy reflection of our relationship with modern technology. Many of the tales explore the consequences of the basest human desires, enabled by said technology and the omni-presence of social media.
I discovered Black Mirror on Netflix quite accidentally. Biscuits was out of town and I didn’t want to start Iron Fist without him. I decided to sift through Netflix and see what what else I might enjoy. This has become the normal way I discover new media.
I’ve always believed that the best science fiction either offered one possible answer to a question I’ve always had; or asked a question that I had previously never thought to ask. Either way, I enjoy science fiction to be thought provoking. I was not disappointed.
This isn’t a full review. I discovered something I thought was cool and I’m sharing it with you. Of course Black Mirror is reminiscent of other anthology television series. I’m sure many reviews will make comparisons to, or say that this is simply a reworking of, something we’ve seen before. I think that’s simply an association of the anthology format.
While Just about everybody has some familiarity with “The Twilight Zone” (even if they’ve never actually seen an episode of the original series). But If you’re old enough to remember watching “Amazing Stories”, I think you might really enjoy what this series has to offer.