Black Mirror: Seasons 1 & 2 (Netflix)

NOTE: This is a SPOILER-FREE review. 

black mirror_1M lil piecesDid you watch The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits?  Do you think that technology is taking over your life?  Are you open to a dark, intelligent show?  Then check out this British sci-fi series.  There are 2 seasons up on Netflix now; each has 3 eps.  I can honestly say that I’ve NEVER seen anything like this before! 

black mirror_1M lil pieces_JBF Downton Abbey fans will be delighted to see Jessica Brown Findlay in S1 (“A Million Little Pieces”); she played Lady Sybil Crawley on the hit PBS series.  She’s a naturally gifted singer who tries out for a show VERY similar to American Idol.  The setting of ALL the eps is a world VERY similar to ours, BUT perhaps a bit further in the future.  No little green men here, thank goodness!  It could appeal to that friend of yours who HATES typical sci-fi fare.

black mirror_the entire history of youEach ep is a standalone piece, BUT you’ll see similar themes emerge.  My favorite ep of S1 (“The Entire History of You”) centers on the age-old issue of romantic jealousy (the green-eyed monster).  Speaking of eyes… well, you’ll see!  This is the type of show where you don’t want to know TOO much!

black mirror_x-mas specialThere is also a Christmas Special ep starring Jon Hamm (Mad Men); you’ll also see Rafe Spall, Oona Chaplin and Natalie Tena (who both appear on Game of Thrones).  It’s my second favorite ep; it has several twists and turns.

black mirror_be right backThe must-see ep of S2 (“Be Right Back”) stars Hayley Atwell (star of Agent Carter) and up-and-coming actor, Domhnall Gleeson (son of character actor Brendan Gleeson).  The young Gleeson is thin and boyish (unlike his burly father), but exudes a sort of intensity and maturity that makes him seem wiser beyond his years.  Most recently, he co-starred in the critically-acclaimed sci-fi/thriller Ex Machina.

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