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Reflections on ‘Black Mirror’

Season four of popular British show release attracts mixed reactions

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Season four of Black Mirror was released Dec. 28.

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Season four of Black Mirror was released Dec. 28.

Laney Rendon and Rebecca Covington

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If one had to use one word to describe “Black Mirror,” refreshing would be a good choice. The British M-rated creation of Charles Brooker began in 2011 and has been making a name for itself since the traumatizing first episode. No other series tackles the presentation of a seemingly utopian society going wrong like “Black Mirror” does. Netflix’s very own version of the infamous show, the Twilight Zone, released its fourth season Dec. 29.

“Black Mirror” draws parallels between the technological advances of the real world with the hidden dark possibilities of computers turning against us. The series gets its name from the “black mirror” created by the reflections of dark screens which surround us everywhere, from cellphones to television screens. The premise of the show appeals to the all-too-real fears viewers face, making it a trending topic online and one of Netflix’s most popular shows.

Each episode contains a different storyline complete with an original cast. Stars such as Daniel Kaluuya from the 2017 movie “Get Out” appears in the second episode of the first season and Bryce Dallas Howard from the 2015 movie “Jurassic World” stars in the first episode of the third season. You can start at any point and skip around throughout seasons however you please.

The release of season four brought 6 new terrifying science fiction stories. However, some episodes in the season such as U.S.S. Callister and Black Museum lacked the usual gut wrenching endings that keep an episode in your mind for weeks. The endings were more positive and didn’t leave as much to the imagination as before. The season also tried to incorporate newer ideas such as an episode that was a dark take on Star Trek and an all black and white episode that served as an ode to vintage film noir.

Compared to former episodes, the new season lacked the same “Black Mirror” false-utopia feeling viewers craved. However, the new story lines still captured the Internet’s attention.

Despite the change in the series tone, “Black Mirror” still remains a viral sensation and personal favorite for many viewers.

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