Black Mirror is a Hit on Netflix

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Nick Maggi, Staff Writer

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    Black Mirror is one of the best shows in years. Get this- it’s not actually on TV. Black Mirror is one of the numerous original programs being hosted on the popular streaming service Netflix. Though it originally debuted on British TV for two seasons, Netflix picked it up for a third, and added it to their massive catalog.

    Each episode features a captivating 48-minute story, set in a somewhat dystopian near-future. It’s a refreshing break from the overly dramatic reality shows, and stale comedies of network television.

    The writers weave an intricate and original tale, with no episode containing the same characters or plot. Some compare it to the 1960s sci-fi classic, The Twilight Zone, albeit with a modern twist. Black Mirror’s similar use of suspense, plot-twists, and disregard for reality makes it a worthy comparison.

    Lauren Eastwood (‘17) said, “I like the show because it’s interesting, but also kind of scary, which makes it really different from any other show.” Every time you hit play, the show throws you into the dark, offering mere glimpses of a frightening plot twist, never revealed until the very end.

    Some avoid the show, preferring television that offers a happier escape from reality. Criticisms include the show being “too dark,” “depressing,” or just “hard to understand.”

    Gabe Klein (‘17) said, “It’s entertaining, but really not that uplifting.”

    Suggesting the shows to peers is difficult, as it lacks a consistent plot and characters. It’s best described as a frightening realistic future, that may come sooner than we think.

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