Black Mirror (2011– ) – TV Series Review
Our Comments –
I must say that Black Mirror is by far one of the most shocking yet realistic shows I’ve ever saw. Im lost in words as to how to express this and how I feel about it, I can only say you must see this.
Our Rating based on 1-5 stars: 5 Stars
IMDB Info –
A television anthology series that shows the dark side of life and technology.
The first of Charlie Brooker’s three-part mini-series, Black Mirror was a daring take on the power of social networking which saw a pretty princess kidnapped by a terrorist-cum-art prankster. His ransom demand arrived via YouTube. The only person who could save her life was the prime minister. But not by handing over cash. By having live televised sex. With a pig. Downing Street tried to stifle the story but the public pounced on it gleefully, gathering round TVs as if this was any other water-cooler event.
Long Description –
THE TELEGRAPH: Black Mirror, Channel 4, review
Michael Hogan reviews Black Mirror, Channel 4’s part sci-fi, part satire comedy starring Rory Kinnear as the PM.
The first of Charlie Brooker’s three-part mini-series, Black Mirror (Channel 4, Sunday) was a daring take on the power of social networking. Subtitled The National Anthem, it saw a pretty princess kidnapped by a terrorist-cum-art prankster. His ransom demand arrived via YouTube. The only person who could save her life was the prime minister. But not by handing over cash. By having live televised sex. With a pig.
What followed was a shocking but ballsy, blackly comic study of the modern media, as newspapers panicked (except The Daily Telegraph, of course, which came out of it rather well), rolling news reacted and public opinion swung from one extreme to the other. Downing Street tried to stifle the story but the public pounced on it gleefully, gathering round TVs as if this was any other water-cooler event. What started as shock tactics became oddly believable and, ultimately, rather tragic.
The overall effect was like Chris Morris (the maverick comedian behind Brass Eye and Jam) directing an update of the classic horror series The Twilight Zone, which specialised in strange tales-with-a-twist. There were echoes of more traditional shows everywhere too: the corridors-of-power voyeurism of The Thick of It, the clock-ticking tension of Spooks, the sci-fi threat of Doctor Who. Just to reinforce this familiarity, faces from those very shows then popped up, as if by magic. Even Branson the Downton Abbey chauffeur was a macabre medic.
The cast treated the ridiculous premise with po-faced seriousness, which was the only way. Rory Kinnear was particularly compelling as the PM, going from disbelief to dutiful self-sacrifice as the grim situation unfolded. “What now? What’s the playbook?” he asked in panic. His advisor replied: “This is virgin territory, Prime Minister. There is no playbook.”
Virgin territory indeed. This was a dementedly brilliant idea. The satire was so audacious, it left me open-mouthed and squealing. Rather like that poor pig.
Show Created by: Charlie Brooker
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