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“Black Mirror” is… Bingeable

December 20, 2018

In a show that practically throws you into an alternate universe each episode, “Black Mirror” is surprisingly underrated, but one of the most binge worthy shows available on Netflix. Now in its fifth season, this series of stand-alone episodes is described by Google as featuring “sharp, suspenseful, satirical tales that explore techno-paranoia.”

Often likened to a modern-day “Twilight Zone,” referring to a similar mind-bending show from the 1960’s, every episode has a completely different story, each with its own unique twist. Most of them take place in the future as each episode depicts some sort of device that doesn’t exist in our time.

I can guarantee this is one show you won’t want to miss and which is eminently bingeable for Winter Break.

With wildly different episodes featuring different genres, settings, and tones, this show evokes many different opinions ranging from “What the–?” to “This is absolutely amazing!” One of my favorites is the fourth episode for the third season, entitled San Junipero, which features a young gay couple, with a jaw-dropper near the end. Even if you never watch another episode after that one, it is still worth your time.

Some episodes do get a little bit ahead of themselves and become too weird to understand, but many others seem to reel people in. I love the complexity that each episode has to offer, each of them portraying the troubling idea that technology might not be as amazing as it seems.

Even though this show is simply about the downsides of technology (granted, in an often violent way), this show is rated 17+, so it’s not something to watch with your elementary school sibling (unless you want to give them nightmares).

Not only does this show include brilliant (if disturbing) story lines, episodes feature amazing actors that you actually might know, like Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World), Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter and Captain America), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), and many more. The actors give impressive performances that draw you into the characters and their dilemmas.

A show that has appealing story lines, amazing actors and overall, creative settings is definitely a show you should think about adding to your Netflix list. The website IMBd.com gives it an almost unheard-of rating of 8.9 out of 10 stars. Personally, I’d give it a 9 out of 10 stars, and will surely be waiting for season 5.

Note: Since this is a stand-alone anthology show, you might want to start your Winter Break bingeing with IMBd’s top-rated Black Mirror episode (earning 9.2 out of 10 stars), appropriately entitled White Christmas, from Season 2.

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