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Black Mirror is Unique and Different with Every Episode

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Mary Trejo, Staff Writer

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“Black Mirror,” created by satirist Charlie Brooker, is the modern day “Twilight Zone.” Each season of “Black Mirror” is short, but the episodes range between 40 to 85 minutes.

The show focuses a lot on techno – paranoia. The episodes are mini movies of technological innovation gone wrong, which is what makes “Black Mirror” so intriguing. Most importantly, it isn’t hard to imagine the technology we’re introduced to in “Black Mirror” being a part of our not so distant future, and that makes it terrifying.

If you don’t have time to binge, here are the top episodes to watch each season:

“The Entire History of You” (Season 1, Episode 3)

In “The Entire History of You,” a “grain” is implanted into your skull that records and stores everything you see for instant playback, which is called “re-doing” in the episode. This episode tells the story of a man named Liam, who suspects that his wife might’ve had an affair.

“Be Right Back” (Season 2, Episode 1)

“Be Right Back” focuses on the grief of a woman who has lost her husband. In this world, people are able to clone loved ones they have lost. The woman clones her husband, initially filling the gap missing in her life, but she soon finds it was a mistake.

“San Junipero” (Season 3, Episode 4)

“San Junipero” has to be the best episode Black Mirror has released. It has won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special. This episode stands out among all others because there is no technology that ruins someone life. It’s just a very beautiful, heartwarming love story.

“USS Callister” (Season 4, Episode 1)

This episode strongly starts season 4. Robert Daly, creator of an online virtual reality gaming world, has his own private custom server where he is the great and handsome Captain Daly of his favorite show, Space Fleet. Though Daly may seem like the socially awkward guy who’s been done wrong, we quickly learn this is not the case. Daly puts his coworkers who have wronged him somehow into the game by using their DNA. They’re not just simulated versions of his co-workers that act like NPCs though. Their complete consciousness is also copied into the game and they all feel the physical and emotional sensations real humans feel.

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4 Responses to “Black Mirror is Unique and Different with Every Episode”

  1. R. Morgan on February 14th, 2018 2:07 pm

    I thought we already had a grain implanted in our skull when we became students at Godinez

  2. Aide Lazaro on February 27th, 2018 8:37 am

    I’ve been meaning to get around to watching Black Mirror but never really had the time to do so. This article on the other hand has encouraged me to find time to watch it. I’m excited to see how they use technology since each episode is different from the rest. From what I hear it’s very captivating and has you at the edge of your seat which is what I’m most excited for.

  3. Erick Lopez on March 30th, 2018 8:34 am

    Black Mirror is truly an amazing show. It seems to act as a series of confusing and suspenseful cautionary tales. There’s always a message behind these episodes and it’s really great to fully uncover the story at hand while arbitrarily discovering the theme. Though it portrays technology in a negative light, use of modern tech and CGI make these episodes visually stunning.

  4. J. Kent on March 30th, 2018 9:07 am

    This show is a trip. Sometimes I’d finish watching an episode and I’d put all my electronics away and tape over my chromebook camera because this show makes you believe that the more attached you are to technology, the more in danger you are.

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