It’s time to binge-watch the dark sci-fi anthology—just in time for Black Mirror’s new season
In a viral post, one Twitter user writes, “I need [Black Mirror] to come back. I need to know things could actually be worse.”
As the pandemic dreads on with more variants popping up and a new virus permeating—and with the possibility of new lockdowns yet again—the dark sci-fi anthology series gives us bleak comfort. With one worst-case scenario after another manifesting in real-life, in another multiverse, you’re likely to be more miserable.
With the sixth season of Black Mirror finally in the works at Netflix, it’s guaranteed to make us rethink social constructs and observe how we interact with technology. Ahead, we’re highlighting must-watch episodes from the Emmy-winning series.
Nose Dive (Season 3, Episode 1)
We’ve all fallen prey to the inescapable perils of social media. Our collective obsession has gotten out of hand, and we are navigating through a digital world with likes and follows as social currency—literally. In this episode, Lacie, portrayed by the remarkable Bryce Dallas Howard, desperately tries to appease her community in a dystopian future where one’s treatment is fully dependent on a real-life rating system.
The 63-minute long spectacle—reminiscent of Nicole Kidman’s The Stepford Wives—affirms our human *need* to belong and our unhealthy relationship with technology.
Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too (Season 5, Episode 3)
A friendless 15-year-old girl courses through a solitary teenage life and finds solace in Ashley Too, a motivational AI doll, which is a prototype of pop sensation Ashley O (played by real-life superstar Miley Cyrus). Unbeknownst to many, she lives a hollow—borderline depressed—existence.
Giving you Hannah Montana flashbacks, this is Black Mirror’s take on a “feel-good” episode, veering away from usually bleak stand-alone dramas. Watch it for entertainment or for nostalgia’s sake—and the music’s catchy, too.
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
Remember the choose-your-own-adventure novels you had in the past? Bandersnatch, the full-length feature from Black Mirror will completely change the way you view entertainment television. For starters, the viewer gets to be at the helm, armed with the ability to choose the ending—with just one click.
Yes or no? Sugar Puffs or Frosties? Thompson Twins or Now 2? There are no right or wrong answers. Are you indecisive? Don’t fret, you can keep trying other outcomes until you satisfy your heart’s desires; patience is key.
Black Museum (Season 4, Episode 6)
Black Mirror is notorious for featuring a sequence of stories—connected or not—in one episode. In Black Museum, Letitia Wright of Marvel’s hit superhero movie Black Panther, ends up in an abandoned roadside museum in the desert in the middle of nowhere. The peculiar owner gives her a personal tour and displays his sadistic side. Viewer discretion is advised, I mean it.
The Entire History of You (Season 1, Episode 3)
If you could go back in time and relive the past, would you? In The Entire History of You, a state-of-the-art memory implant records a plethora of memories—what you see, hear and do. A young man suspects his partner of cheating and obsessively replays one recording after the other, which eventually leads to his own despair.
With everything that has happened in the last 24 months, are you ready for Season 6?
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Art Matthew Ian Fetalver