So after Channel Four passed on it, Netflix picked up Black Mirror for a third season. The third season is six episodes (up from three per season) and the episodes are 1 hour long instead of 45 minutes. The season finale is 90 minutes long like what we used to call “feature length” before Lord Of The Rings came out and taught Hollywood that the recipe for a good film isn’t good stories, it’s just making the damn thing longer.
For anyone who knows what Black Mirror is, go watch the third season RIGHT NOW. For anyone who doesn’t know what Black Mirror is, go and watch all of it right now. I understand that some of the episodes can be a little Britain-centric since it’s a British show, but at the same time they’re some of the coldest and best television programmes of all time. Each programme has a different theme, so if you don’t like one that’s not a guarantee you’ll not like the others.
For anyone who has already watched the third season: JESUS FUCKING CHRIST IT WAS AWESOME, WASN’T IT! The evil layering of the story in the videogame episode was simply amazing! I especially loved the whiplash of the blackmail episode, and oh man that finale, guys, that finale!. I’ve not seen such an amazing combination of science fiction and sheer drama since… well… ever, really. It has most definitely topped my “most favourite television show episode” list. I’m keeping this total geek-out spoiler free because I want all of you who have not seen it to go see it now.
You may need to hack your Netflix into UK mode to get it, but if you can get it, watch it. WATCH IT.
Disclaimer: Black Mirror is futurism satire. It is black comedy. It is intended to disturb you at least to some degree. If you like comfort zones, then stop liking comfort zones and join the rest of us watching Black Mirror.