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Black Mirror- a dark reflection of society

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Comic-Sans Horror: Butcher Billy, a Brazilian artist and creator of contemporary art has his work on display- vintage comic book style cover art designed in caricature of each episode of Black Mirror. The art itself is difficult to depict without having watched the episodes, although even without context were quite intriguing.

Comic-Sans Horror: Butcher Billy, a Brazilian artist and creator of contemporary art has his work on display- vintage comic book style cover art designed in caricature of each episode of Black Mirror. The art itself is difficult to depict without having watched the episodes, although even without context were quite intriguing.

Art by Butcher Billy

Comic-Sans Horror: Butcher Billy, a Brazilian artist and creator of contemporary art has his work on display- vintage comic book style cover art designed in caricature of each episode of Black Mirror. The art itself is difficult to depict without having watched the episodes, although even without context were quite intriguing.

Art by Butcher Billy

Art by Butcher Billy

Comic-Sans Horror: Butcher Billy, a Brazilian artist and creator of contemporary art has his work on display- vintage comic book style cover art designed in caricature of each episode of Black Mirror. The art itself is difficult to depict without having watched the episodes, although even without context were quite intriguing.

Lorin Wells, Opinion editor

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It’s hard to imagine what the future holds, especially considering some of the amazing and unprecedented discoveries and inventions sure to be revealed in years to come.

Black Mirror, a Twilight-Zone-esque Netflix original, paints a disturbingly realistic picture of the potential hazards of a technologically advancing world. As one of the few episodes of the TV series ending with justice, “USS Callister” quickly became a favorite of mine.

Robert Daly (played by Jesse Plemons) is an underappreciated game designer and brilliant creator of the game “Infinity”. Bitter at his co-workers, Daly collects samples of their DNA and creates conscious digital clones of his oblivious colleagues. Stuck inside a second game of Daly’s invention, a mock-up of Star Trek, these digitized people are forced to submit to Daly’s whim as he poses as the captain of the USS Callister.

That is, until Daly makes the mistake of encoding the DNA of his newest co-worker, Nanette Cole- an admirer of Daly’s work and coding enthusiast. I won’t spoil the rest, so make sure to watch the episode!

Thankfully, not all of the episodes host the theme of terrifying tech; San “Junipero” and “Hang the DJ” being prime examples of the way advances in technology can have positive influences on people.

Being a show about the consequences of man’s creation, Black Mirror doesn’t hold back on any of the gruesome details. Because of the mature nature of the show, I wouldn’t recommend watching it in the midst of a family reunion or at your heart-attack prone grandmother’s birthday party at the senior home.

However, all those willing to watch are sure to appreciate the astounding actors and actresses as well as the complexity of the specifically crafted disaster of humanity that is each episode.

The  episodes vary in length, ranging from about 40-90 minutes. Though it’s tempting to binge, I would recommend taking time to think about the episodes.

Although none of the episodes are directly related, it’s likely that while moving into the later episodes you will notice small details that recur- a song, a place, or just a small device that sparks a feeling of déjà vu.

Finding the connections only makes the show more enthralling, and gives you yet another topic of discussion for when the credits roll after each episode.

In case you are already planning your next Black Mirror Netflix marathon, then allow me to recommend inviting someone to watch alongside you! You are certainly going to want to have someone to discuss theories with, ranging from what could’ve prevented each outcome, the conflict of ethics and even the meaning behind the titles, which hold a surprising amount of significance.

This delightfully insightful show seems to force you to reflect on the darker side of humanity and our creations, hence the name, Black Mirror. Overall, I give Black Mirror a solid 99.89 out of 100.

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