Black Mirror Season 4 NYCC Panel

“We are in competition with the news,” Charlie Brooker, writer/creator/executive producer of the Netflix series Black Mirror, addressed the uncomfortable truth about the drama’s darkest themes Saturday night at New York Comic Con in front of a standing room-only audience.

I always thought it was funny when folks would remark on how far the dystopia would go on the show. To which I would always respond, “This is not unlike the world we live in.” So, I was happy to hear that Brooker agreed that some of the show’s most disturbing plot lines come from reality itself.

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Black Mirror video essay

Charlie Brooker‘s sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror rarely features episodes with happy endings…or any semblance of happiness at all, really. It’s often a relentlessly bleak examination of the worst impulses of humanity, all told under the umbrella of an ominous warning about how our relationship with technology may eventually be the downfall of our society. It’s not the easiest show to watch – this is about as far from comfort food television as it gets.

So, knowing that, why do we watch it at all? And what makes it so dark? That’s the subject of a new video essay, which you can check out below.
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black mirror connections

By now, you’ve probably binge-watched your way through Black Mirror Season 3 and are trying to decide which episode you enjoyed the most. While you’ve been enjoying Charlie Brooker‘s dark science fiction anthology series, you may not have noticed that all of the episodes are actually connected, albeit loosely. And no, I’m not talking about the fact the connected theme about the consequences of technology. I’m talking about actual storyline and character connections.

Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker has noted that “each episode has a different cast, a different setting, even a different reality. But they’re all about the way we live now – and the way we might be living in 10 minutes’ time if we’re clumsy.” Although recently on a Reddit Ask Me Anything, Booker admitted that they all actually “take place in the same psychological universe” with “sometimes explicit links.” Hit the jump, and we’ll explore the Black Mirror connections.
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Black Mirror nosedive

How great is Black Mirror Season 3 guys? Like many of you, I spent my weekend binge-watching the entire batch of six episode. The three stand-out episodes for me are Joe Wright‘s Nosedive with its vicious take on social media, Dan Trachtenberg‘s Playtest which is a horrifying look at the future of immersive gaming, and Owen HarrisSan Junipero which may be the most beautiful episode of the entire series.

Black Mirror showrunners Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones appeared on Reddit yesterday and answered a bunch of fan questions, a few of which I would like to highlight. But my primary reason for this post is to share with you ringtones that Netflix created based on the Nosedive episode.

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Bryce Dallas Howard in Black Mirror - Nosedive - Black Mirror Season 3 featurettes

Black Mirror returns to Netflix on October 21 with its third season and I couldn’t be more excited and horrified. Charlie Brooker‘s technology-centric anthology series is the closest thing we have to a modern version of The Twilight Zone, a show that blends science fiction and horror and satire and tragedy into a delicious, mortifying, and addictive stew. Almost every episode so far has chilled me to my core and I love it to pieces and I love that a fourth season is already in the works.

But while we’re waiting, how about we all settle in and watch a pair of new Black Mirror season 3 featurettes that explore the concepts of two new Black Mirror episodes?

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Black Mirror Season 3 Review

It’s been nearly two years since the last episode of Black MirrorCharlie Brooker‘s tech dystopia anthology series, and over three years since the last proper full season aired. Naturally, then, news that Netflix had commissioned 12 more episodes was met with a combination of excitement and trepidation.

On the one hand, Black Mirror is second to none when it comes to chronicling the way humanity and technology intersect in 2016. On the other, we’ve seen tons of shows renewed after extended hiatuses, only to return as shells of their former selves. Could the third season of Black Mirror live up to the greatness of the first two? Based on the two episodes that screened at TIFF, “San Junipero” and “Nosedive,” the answer seems to be yes.  Read More »

Black Mirror Season 3 Episode Descriptions

We’ve been waiting for season three of Black Mirror for quite some time, and we’ve heard episode titles, filmmakers and cast but we haven’t heard much about what kind of stories we can expect from the six new episodes…until now. Hit the jump to find out what the Black Mirror Season 3 episodes will be about.
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‘Black Mirror’ Goes Retro in First Season 3 Images

Black Mirror Season 3 images

Netflix announced last year that it was picking up Black Mirror for a third season, and last month revealed that the new episodes would premiere this fall. But as we say in the age of Instagram and Facebook, pics or it didn’t happen. So showrunner Charlie Brooker has now shared the first Black Mirror season 3 images for us to enjoy. And some of them look surprisingly… retro? The series has thrown some pretty shocking twists at us over the years, but even we did not see a 1980s episode coming.

That’s Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis up there in those fetching ’80s fashions, and still other photos offer our first look at Bryce Dallas Howard in an episode directed by Joe Wright. Check out the new Black Mirror season 3 images below.  Read More »

Black Mirror

October is traditionally the month for scaring yourself silly with horror movies, but the most chilling tales you’ll see this fall may well be on television. Netflix has just announced a fall release date for the third season of Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker‘s highly acclaimed anthology series about how the combination of advanced technology and human nature is basically a recipe for self-destruction.  Read More »

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Black Mirror Netflix

Prepare for more terrifying visions of the future. Netflix has officially announced it’s picking up the buzzy sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror for a third season, to consist of 12 episodes. Keep in mind that this show has only put out six episodes (across two seasons) and a Christmas special to date. Netflix is nearly tripling the episode count in one fell swoop. Get details on the Black Mirror Netflix pickup after the jump.  Read More »