“I’m thrilled to have been asked to share my vision of the future, such as it is. Looking at a world of injustice, intolerance, and huge environmental challenges, it’s hard to imagine a bright future, but we can and we must. It’s the only way that we can build a better tomorrow.”
This quote, taken out of context from Episode 3, ‘Crocodile’, is actually quite a succinct representation of Charlie Brooker’s mission statement for Black Mirror. The anthology is indisputably one of the darkest, most thought-provoking pieces of television out there, but it’s not without its fair share of hope for the future. A Twilight Zone for our time, Brooker’s cautionary insights into our increasing dependence on technology continue to be profound and disturbing. Black Mirror is on its fourth season now however, and its wear is beginning to show. While each and every one of Season 4’s episodes are worthwhile in their own right, Brooker’s latest gloomy installments don’t always reach those same cathartic depths that his first 7 explored so thoroughly and memorably.
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