‘Black Mirror’ shatters fourth season expectations

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The title sequence depicts a computer “waking up” as glass shatters, an allusion to mistakes made with technology, and then a black screen, referencing the title of “Black Mirror.”

The title sequence depicts a computer “waking up” as glass shatters, an allusion to mistakes made with technology, and then a black screen, referencing the title of “Black Mirror.”

The title sequence depicts a computer “waking up” as glass shatters, an allusion to mistakes made with technology, and then a black screen, referencing the title of “Black Mirror.”

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Netflix’s original TV series “Black Mirror” debuted  its fourth season, and although it’s a month old, the rave reviews are still pouring in. Millions of fans quickly caught up on the newest six episodes of the sci-fi show. The show pulls elements of horror films, comedy shows and the future to give each episode a new and thrilling take. Though there is no correlation in episodes, the producers have released small easter eggs in a few episodes, proving the show’s twisted worlds all take place in the same universe.

From episodes revolving around topics ranging from politics to science, the fearsome plots jab at the future of civilization. With smaller actors stealing the spotlight in the season, many breakout stars emerged from this thrilling show.

Viewers quickly became engrossed in the suspenseful plotlines of the episodes, as they are shown though the actual outcome of technology gone wildly wrong.

Season four opens with the blockbuster “USS Callister,” which features a future involving video games and a scary approach to the office workspace. The in-depth examination of how men in charge will possibly have the ability to use video games for immoral ideas is portrayed in this sinister plot. This fan favorite episode drew attention due to the plot, set, design, and script. With descriptive language and plentiful humor, the unnatural storyline is brought to light by a group of everyday office workers. Nanette Cole (Cristin Milioti) and Captain Daley (Jesse Plemons) in particular had the best screen time and on-camera chemistry. As well, the space age setting is similar to the “Star Trek” franchise.  

“Hang the DJ” was also a fan favorite, featuring a unique love story. Frank (Joe Cole) and Amy (Georgina Campbell) are brought together by a dating app that finds one’s “true pair.” The ideology of finding true love coupled with the hopefulness embedded in the plot contrasts with the rest of the show’s sinister ideas. Both Cole and Campbell’s portrayal of the naive yet passionate characters influenced the episodes’ plotline, as their brilliant performance makes the story realistic and even more enjoyable, as well as provide a break to the shows intense, regular ominous scenarios.

“Black Museum” features three mini plots, closing the season with a bang. Following the idea of life after death, among other life-oriented devices, the sinister museum features past automation gone wrong and the consequences that follow. Nish (Letitia Wright) proves to be an exciting character with a brilliant performance, between her situation to her major plot twist at the end of the episode. As an aspect of a future of society, it drew thought of how medical advancements could be taken too far.

Episodes of the show including “Nosedive” and “Shut Up and Dance” portray a society where technology reigns over all, including stores, homes, businesses and even nature. The sets are seemingly flawless and carry the plot into real life in the best possible way, creating an element of public places currently with an added twist of the future. Between the ways of life, to the cell phones they hold, to even the modern style of clothing, the producers leave no detail unnoticed.

Overall, the show ranks high in Netflix originals, getting a score of 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. With elements of “The Twilight Zone” and “Sense8,” the show grabs viewers and continues to be a popular recommendation on the streaming service. The main audience happens to be young adults, though the show is suitable for all who enjoy sci-fi, thriller and eerie cinematography. Season four is considered to be the best of “Black Mirror,” as it has the most episodes yet and the best humor and storylines. Fans and critics alike hope for a season five, with more invigorating ideas, talented cast and overall intelligent aspects of the suspenseful show.

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