Good news for fans of Black Mirror who were scared there might be some drop in quality of content now that it has jumped over the pond and is now being produced by Netflix. Put those fears to rest. This Black Mirror is just as dark and revelatory as the first two seasons. I know, I breathed a massive sigh of relief, too. I’ve been a huge fan since that first incident with the pig (fans will know). So how is season three of Black Mirror? Though it starts off stronger than it ends, it touches on everything that made the show so special in the first place. The fear of technology mixed with the ideals of broken society (which we are all very much living in right now). On top of that, it is sometimes funny, many times disturbing, and just as dark and brilliant as you remember. So was Black Mirror season 3 worth the wait?
In a word: yes.
While I will not come out and ruin any of the episodes, “Nosedive” starts off with perfect pacing, perfect acting, and sets the tone for what’s to come. A dissection of our modern society and the simple facts that all our tech and toys have gone on to define us (and what that says for us as a whole, long term). It is subversive, ducking left when you expect it to dodge right, and every single episode has a twist or a reveal that leaves you jaw-dropped. What also makes this season so special is that normal Black Mirror seasons are 3 episodes. This season started with 6 full-length episodes and has 6 more episodes coming at the end of the year. Doesn’t get much better than that.
So turn off your tech (trust me, playing with tech and watching this show at the same time makes you feel dirty), turn off your lights, and get ready for a show that is pretty much foreshadowing our very own dismal future to us, one episode at a time.