A world where we are made to cycle for credits, like hamsters on wheels. A world where the Prime Minister would have sex with a pig on live television to answer a ransom request. A world where you can replay every second of your past, complete with fast-forwards, zoom-ins and replays.
These may sound like fantastical premises, or cut-outs from cheesy science fiction, but in just three one-hour long episodes, Black Mirror has managed to masterfully blur the lines between these fantasies and our reality. Present through the entire journey is the creeping notion that we are closer to this future than we think.
Black Mirror is about the eponymous black mirrors we see every day – our smartphones, laptops and TV screens. Each episode is set in a not-too-distant future, and at first glance, seems pretty much the same as our world now. However, as each episode progresses, we see technology encroach deeper into each of the characters’ lives – be it the very creepy advertisement wall that blares whenever you look away from it, or the lawyer who replays his interview over and over to see if he messed up.
The thing that draws me to Black Mirror is not the polished sci-fi premise, or the amazing acting (though both are desirable in any show). Rather, it is how one can see shadows of our present, lurking around in this not-so-distant future. After all, mirrors do reflect a glimpse of the truth.