If you're not sure where to start with "Black Mirror," these five episodes are a sure bet.
Twisting the comforting television fallback of narrative storytelling until it is a mess of misdirections and mind-bending plot twists, Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror Netflix anthology exists as both a full-on embrace and cautionary label for fast-paced modern life. Distorting everyday technology like Instagram flex sessions, Facebook TimeHop and the current worrying obsession with cataloguing every single bit of minutiae, each self-contained episode will leave you staring at the screen, mouth agape long after the episode fades to black. Pairing the pitfalls of a hyper-connected world with the human capacity for malice and evil, Black Mirror paints a picture of a black, dystopian future where modern life is equal parts more convenient and horrifying.
Taking normal, milquetoast characters and pushing them to act out in extreme hypothetical situations, Black Mirror exists as the intersection of your brightest dream (what if jetpacks actually existed?) and your darkest nightmare (what if the dead could be technologically reanimated?). Speaking to Vogue, creator Charlie Brooker dished on the actual role that technology plays in his bleak alternate realities. "The technology is never the culprit in our stories," he admitted. "The technology is just allowing people to do terrible things to themselves or others. What the show points out is the possibility of an unforeseen consequence of technology. That doesn’t mean we should get rid of social media anymore than we should get rid of the printing press because somebody used it to print a racist pamphlet. Let’s not blame the invention; let’s look at how we’re using it."
So take a breath from fishing for likes on the Explore page or standing on your Facebook political soap box, and check out the top five Black Mirror episodes of the series.