I have to recommend this television program. I feel obligated to share it with those who, perhaps, may have missed its ... wonderfulness. I watched this whole thing in one sitting. Well, after episode 2 I had to sit back and take a break from it, but then, I was right back at it. It's a strange kind of horror this, and this is not a horror show, not really. It's description reads:
Suspenseful satire with a techno-paranoia bent, the `Black Mirror' is all personal technology.
I suppose that's rather apt. I loved this show enough to talk about it here. There were only six episodes available on Netflix, though I could have stayed down this particularly horrific rabbit hole forever. I hope they make more and I hope that continue to produce good material like this episode to episode. My favorite episodes of the six were:
1. The National Anthem
All about the Prime Minister of England and a ... pig. And a kidnapped princess. And the price of a life. And social pressure. And empathy, I think. Or the lack thereof.
Would you fuck a pig on national television in order to save the princess? Would you have a choice?
2. 15 Million Merits
This one was my personal favorite. It is indescribably horrific and must be seen to understood. I won't even try to ruin it for anyone by describing the world -- because it's THIS one.
There's a show that you can go on if you earn enough credits and the show ( American Idol -ish) will make you rich and famous.
This one is about the death of beauty. The purposeful, malicious destruction of honestly beautiful things/people in order that we can relate to those things/people. Reducing them.
3. White Bear
I love the actress that played this part. But I couldn't sympathize with her in this world, which, I think makes her a better actress.
What is the price of killing a six year old? Are people like that animals? Do they belong in zoos? Should we take field trips?
My interpretation of the events unfolding in the program may be off from yours, but I can guarantee you that this show will make you THINK.
It's brilliant, in my humble opinion, and while watching made me uncomfortable more than once, I'm glad I got to see this. I hope there's more.
I suppose that's all I have to say today. I could blather on about the injustices of the world, but I just don't feel like it. From senselessly racist Youtube comments to women who allow their significant others to beat their children to death and cry that they just couldn't see fit to do what was necessary to protect them, to stupid ass wars to murdered East Indian female infants ... I'm just tired...