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Last week, the popular television anthology series ‘Black Mirror’ released its sixth season on Netflix, four years after season five. What is ‘Black Mirror’ anyway, and how are people liking the sixth season so far? Read on below to find out.
What is ‘Black Mirror’?
‘Black Mirror’ is a critically acclaimed television show that delves into the dark and dystopian aspects of technology and its potential impact on society. Created by British writer and satirist Charlie Brooker, the series first premiered in 2011 and has since gained a huge following worldwide. The name “Black Mirror” refers to the reflective surface of our smartphones, tablets, and screens, in line with the show’s criticism of our modern obsession with technology.
Each episode of Black Mirror presents a standalone story, exploring themes such as privacy, social media, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and the consequences of technological advancements. The show skillfully blends speculative fiction, satire, and psychological thriller elements to deliver thought-provoking narratives. It often presents a dark and unsettling vision of the near future, where technology amplifies existing human flaws and leads to disturbing outcomes.
How have previous seasons performed?
‘Black Mirror’ has always been beloved by both critics and casual viewers, and the show has received stellar ratings since its first season. Over its six seasons of ratings on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the show has an average rating of 83% from critics and 80% from audience members.
The first season of ‘Black Mirror’ is especially beloved, and received an impressive average review of 98% from critics and 93% from audience members on Rotten Tomatoes. Much of the initial response to the show came from viewers who loved the show ‘The Twilight Zone,’ which ran from 1959 to 1964 and inspired the making of ‘Black Mirror.’
What are people saying about ‘Black Mirror’ and the new season?
Throughout its time running, ‘Black Mirror’ has received widespread acclaim for its sharp writing, compelling storytelling, and thought-provoking themes. The show’s anthology format allows for a diverse range of stories and characters, making each episode a unique and immersive experience. ‘Black Mirror’ and its many stories serve as a cautionary reminder to tread carefully in the digital age, urging us to reflect on the potential consequences of our technological choices.
One thing people are praising season six of ‘Black Mirror’ for is exploring a broader range of genres than some previous seasons of the show. One critic said of the new season, “Each episode is unique in its storytelling, themes, and ideas yet never strays away from that Black Mirror concept.” It can be easy for science fiction shows to lean too heavily on overused tropes, but ‘Black Mirror’ never seems to struggle with that.
Where can you watch the new season?
‘Black Mirror’ originally aired on British Channel 4 for its first two seasons, but has since moved to Netflix and is only available for viewing there. All five episodes of season six were released to Netflix on June 15th.