Long, long ago, when we were all still waiting for a second Frank Ocean album and the end of “American Idol” was still looming cruelly on the horizon, I wrote a post covering the very exciting news that Netflix had ordered new episodes of the brilliant anthology series “Black Mirror.” Now, we’re not only a few days aways from the October 21 release of these new episodes, but we also have a wonderfully mysterious trailer to get us pumped to watch them all in one sitting and then feel really weird for the rest of the day! Psh, as if we weren’t already fully planning on doing that.
In case you didn’t read that early post (and if you didn’t, how dare you) and have no clue what “Black Mirror” is and why you should be excited, (again, how dare you) here’s what you need to know. Like I said earlier, “Black Mirror” is an anthology series that deals with our relationship with technology and social media in its many forms. Any given episode will take a concept or an element of technology, create a world or scenario where it is pushed to its most extreme outcome and then examine its potential effects on the state of humanity. That description may make it sound a little cold, but I can assure you that it’s deeply interesting, creative and oftentimes more than a little disturbing. Think “Twilight Zone,” but for the modern era.
The original episodes were created and aired in the U.K. and featured a wide variety of great U.K. actors like Domhnall Gleeson, Hayley Atwell and Allen Leech. The new episodes will likely still have some of that flavor thanks to series creator Charlie Brooker, but it looks will there might also be some American flair added, with actors like Bryce Dallas Howard, Wyatt Russell and Michael Kelly. There will even be some American flair added on the writing side, with reports indicating that the great Rashida Jones and Mike Schur took the helm for one episode.
It’ll be interesting to see if these new episodes will live up to the very high expectations of all who watched and loved the first seven (all of which you can watch on Netflix right now). I, for one, have the highest of hopes.
Have you seen “Black Mirror”? Looking forward to the new episodes? Impressed that I was able to stick an “American Idol” reference into this post? Me too. Download in the comments. And, like I always say…
P.S. Speaking of things on Netflix, I had the utmost pleasure of seeing “Oh Hello on Broadway” this past weekend. It was everything I had hoped it would be and more and, several actors from “Stranger Things” were there! This was pretty exciting, but I’m sure it would have been even more exciting if I had actually watched “Stranger Things.” I swear I’m going to, though! Eventually… But yeah, “Oh Hello” was great and you should definitely go see it. Charmed, I’m sure.