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Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror - Series 1 [DVD]
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A cross between The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected, Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror looks at the consequences of the rapid advancement of technology on society. Each of the three episodes is a completely self-contained story, but there is an over-arching theme.
1) ‘The National Anthem'--the least sci-fi, in that it's set very much in the present day. Inspired by news events that get whipped up in the social networks and Twitter, and everything feels like it's rattling slightly out of control...
2) ‘15 Million Merits'--(co-written with Konnie Huq) is set in a dystopian, sarcastic version of the future, in which everyone is compelled to live a life of physical drudgery, and the only real means of escape is by entering a kind of talent show, of a type which may seem familiar to visitors.
3) ‘In Memoria' (written by Jesse Armstrong). You know when you have an argument, and everyone's fantasised about being able to rewind and go, ‘Here's what you said earlier,' or ‘Look how you embarrassed me' or what have you? Well, this is set in a world where everybody has got the ability to do that--you've got the equivalent of Sky+ for your head, so that you can rewind and replay your visual feed.
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I think the first episode was the most terrifying because it's set in the present day, and the technology that leads to the tragedy is freely available as I type. I also thought it was the most compelling episode, waiting to see whether or not the PM would have to commit the 'indecent act' and seeing the story unravel.
The second was, I think, the weakest. It's still fascinating because the concept is familiar; every year more and more reality TV shows are churned out for every 'skill' you can think of, and the idea of us as zombies glued to the TV screen is one bandied around in current media. When you think about it, the reality in this episode isn't exactly a million miles from now. Loved the judges from Hot Shots!
The third episode was the most intriguing concept to me. I hear that it's been optioned for a Hollywood film, which I think will be one I will go and watch to see how the concept of being able to replay memories with video clarity will play out in feature length. We've all cursed the fallibility of the human memory at least once. Wouldn't it be great if you could just rewind your thoughts and see where you left your keys? Maybe, but this episode showcases the perils of video-graphic memory to the extreme.
Thought provoking and shocking, I will definitely be watching the upcoming series 2.
Each episode is extremely well written and beautifully shot, with some truly amazing performances from all actors. Fans of books like 1984 or A Brave New World should really love this. One of the most fresh and important things on British TV in a long time.
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A colleague at work recommended this. Episode 1 was enough. Is this supposed to be humour or satire? Does it please the target audience? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dr M
Knowing Charlie Brooker from his weekly / annual wipe programs & assuming he is the spiritual father of the likes of Phillomena Cunk and Barry Sh.. Read morePublished 15 months ago by M. Baerends