It’s almost Halloween time, so what better time is there to look deep inside the horrors of our modern and technological world? Black Mirror has been on a total of 3 seasons, and is now being produced and aired on Netflix, after a short tenure exclusively on British TV. Despite the jump from British television to American streaming, this dark, reflective show is better (and crazier) than ever! If you’re wondering if Black Mirror is for you, here is a synopsis of all 6 of the wild and speculative episodes from the newly released season 3.
1. Nosedive. “Nosedive” is a highly relateable episode and a great way to kick off the season. A bubbly woman (played by Bryce Dallas Howard) obsesses over her “Rating” in a quest to live the most luxurious life possible. When she’s invited to attend the wedding of a highly ranked person, the trip doesn’t exactly go as planned. What’s so scary about this episode is people obsess about what others think of them all the time in modern day society. Nosedive feels like it’s just seconds from being completely true.
2. Playtest. Ever wish you could play a video game in the real world using only your mind? If you do, you might want to rethink that. Playtest is the terrifying story of an American traveler who gets stuck in a foreign country unable to make it back home. He decides to sign up to test a revolutionary video game to earn the cash he needs to go back home. The game allows you to play it as if you’re experiencing it in real life. The only problem is the scares in the game are all too real. This episode is definitely more horror focused and questions how far is too far when dealing with the gaming world.
3. Shut Up And Dance. “Shut up And Dance” will take you through a range of depressing emotions. A young man gets recorded doing something rather embarrassing on camera and is blackmailed into committing terrible acts. This episode has a twist ending that will leave you with the worst sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. Moral of the story: always make sure your web camera is off when not in use.
4. San Junipero. This episode is considered the best one of the season and it is not hard to see why. To say too much about it would ruin how very special the story line is. All I can say about this episode without giving it away is that it is truly the best love story I’ve ever seen.
5. Men Against Fire. This politically charged episode does not try to mix words at all. You may figure out the story’s familiar plot line early on, but it is the way the story is told that will truly shock you.
6. Hated in The Nation. This story is the only episode told in an 89 minute format. It is pretty much like a Black Mirror movie. Although some cuts could have been made to the episode to make it a little less bloated, the overall stories touch on a lot of good points. Internet trolling is at the heart of the story, but what might happen if we were actually responsible for every thing we said online?
At the end of the season, I was very sad it was over and already craving more. The good news is that more of this electrifying series will be coming our way in 2017. Feel free to watch the episodes in any order you like, because it is an anthology series, meaning the episodes don’t depend on each other to make sense. You can stream the entire season including seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix.
– Janiera Eldridge
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