I’m not really sure why holiday specials are a thing; a one off bonanza between seasons that usually doesn’t have a major part to play in upcoming story lines hardly seems necessary. Who’s complaining though, as one of the best (and also darkest) TV shows, Black Mirror, makes a long awaited return for a one-off special.
Don’t expect any cushy story line involving elves and undelivered presents here. Charlie Brooker’s trailer for the upcoming episode titled “White Christmas” takes its usual dark angle and pulls no punches about the digital age.
You may have watched the trailer but have never seen Black Mirror before – the TV series has been notoriously hard to get hold of outside the UK in the past. In the last year, however, it has gained quite a lot of traction in the US, and the six standalone episodes of its first season are now available on Netflix. All with hard hitting, but wholly believable plots that take place in the near, technology ravaged future.
No spoilers here!
Black Mirror uses its dark but extremely well written episodes to take swipes at politics, education, and most of all the influx of technology. One reason it strikes a chord with so many is that the story lines cut so close the flesh that you can almost see it being foretold by Nostradamus that a TV show such as this would predict the future. The show’s many references to real world events and situations make it all the more poignant.
Black Mirror is often held in high regard, but the subject matter is challenging for some to take in. Each episode leaves you thoroughly satisfied but with a certain refrain from technology and socialites. Without a doubt, if the show lacked its dark and often worrying take on the story lines, the subject matter would not be as believable.
If you’re a fan of the show or never set eyes on it, have a look at the trailer and let us know what you think in the comments below. Or if you still want to use social media after watch it, you know where to find us!
You can catch the actual episode airing on Channel 4 in the UK on December 16th.