Black Mirror is a TV show that is a mix of science fiction and a psychological thriller while being an anthology series which means that there is a whole new story and plot every episode. The episode ranges from forty to seventy minutes while the number of episodes per season ranges from two to six. In each episode, a whole new plot is introduced with whole new characters than the previous episode. Here, we are given a little insight into the future with more advanced technology than we have now. This series may be unsettling to some people because of the graphic content some of the episodes has. Some episodes are worse than others however, one must pick their poison.
In one episode, we are shown a life revolved around our ratings. This is the first episode in season three called “Nosedive”. Based on the ratings given to others by people around them, some may or may not be allowed into certain buildings, housing, or even certain rental cars. Lacie Pound, the main character in this episode, is faced with a money situation where she needs a 4.5 rating to be able to pay for her new living space. She goes on a whole adventure to try and raise her score but is faced with lots of problems along the way.
For anthological series such as Black Mirror, the audience needs to be engaged and interested since there is no storyline to follow. One way of this is for each episode to be something relevant and different than the other ones. I would rate this part of the show a 9 out of 10 because every episode is completely different than the last, but only has to do with our future with more advanced technology. In “Nosedive,” social media rankings and their rewards/consequences is the theme for this episode which is a real eye-opener to our society. In a way, our real world now is like that episode because most people, like Lacie, is so focused on how much people like her and other people are like Susan, the truck driver who doesn’t care what people think anymore.
Another key component of making a television show is the quality of the animation. In a show like Black Mirror that has a central theme of advanced technology, this is vital for success. Not many people will want to continue watching a science fiction movie with mediocre animations that are obviously computer generated. With good special effects and animations, it makes the show more realistic and relatable. For this episode, I rate this aspect a 10 out of 10. The special effects shown are realistic, consistent, and smooth. To me, this makes it more enjoyable and relatable because I can imagine seeing it in real life.
Not only is what’s seen on the screen important but so is the writing. Creativity plays a big factor in how successful a show does. There are so many different movies/shows out there but a lot of them have similar storylines. I would rate the creativity of this show a 10 out of 10 as well because it takes extreme amounts of creativity to make each episode different. There is a little amount of shows that talk about what Black Mirror does. The story lines are well thought out and at the end of each episode, there is a little cliffhanger to what happens to the characters which some people either like or do not like. I am a fan of how it is not a huge cliffhanger but leaves your mind to come up with the rest.
There are many other aspects about Black Mirror that I did not cover but overall, I give this series a 10 out of 10 because it is unlike any show I have ever seen. It is a very diverse, odd, and strange show but it is so unique. Some episodes sit better with me than others, but they are all captivating. For example, “Nosedive” is a more tolerable episode than “USS Callister” from season 4. The time and effort put into each story is easily seen through the creativity each story has, the realistic-ness of the special effects, and the uniqueness compared to other shows.