For all fans of television, but not science fiction, "Black Mirror" is a must-see that will make you appreciate the entire genre of film.
"Black Mirror" premiered in 2011 in the United Kingdom. The series is short with only three episodes in the first season and three in the second season. This past year Netflix created a third season with six episodes that follow the format originally created by Charlie Brooker. The series is similar to "The Twilight Zone", where every episode is a different story with all new characters. The epsiodes are long, usually about an hour, so they are almost like watching a short film.
The series takes place in the future and every episode covers a topic or scenario that people are often afraid of, such as technology taking over humans or zombies on the loose. I loved this futuristic setting because it does not seem too far fetched, every episode shows technology that we already have, or can have very soon, and how it might affect us. Also the story lines often show the negative consequences of these futuristic lifestyles and I think that is very important for our society to see. It personally made me more conscious of how often I use my phone or computer, which I think is very impressive for a fictional show to be able to do.
The newest season by Netflix is very well done with many big name actors making appearances. One of my favorite episodes of the season was episode 4, "San Junipero". This episode touches on the topic of death in the future, but I do not want to spoil it, so you will just have to watch it. I also appreciate that the show is not overly gory like many shows are. The filmography is quite beautiful and it is scary in the sense that it is often suspenseful, which makes you want to continue watching.
As someone who was never a fan of "The Walking Dead" or "Doctor Who", "Black Mirror" is a science fiction show that I think can not only be very enjoyable to watch, but can also teach its viewers about the consequences of where our world is headed.