Your weekly Netflix Pick is here! Not typically done on Friday, I had to wait for the fourth season of Black Mirror to hit. This would have been a word of mouth recommendation without having seen it. Yet, I’m a professional doing my due diligence. Due diligence is easy when it means binging one of the greatest running shows in any TV medium.
Black Mirror, for those who don’t know, is a modern day Twilight Zone. Anthology episodes with new cast and crew behind each one. The stories are true science fiction that serve as commentaries on our ever changing world. Using the anthology template makes the incredible writing even more exciting. Endings aren’t predictable and the ‘hero’ doesn’t have to come back next episode. Themes vary as does the tone and style of each episode.
Speaking in general terms about the series the show is shot cinematically. The production and quality make the hour long episodes feel like full movies. The writing is top notch and the acting follows suit. A new director helms each episode. The varying styles of direction serve the specific script rather than a style of a brand.
The anthology aspect also allows Black Mirror to grab big name actors. Actors who may not want to sign on to the grueling nine-plus month shooting contract. As an example a single episode has Jesse Plemons, Cristin Milioti, Jimmi Simpson, and Aaron Paul.
Whenever a show this big, this perfect. this incredible has a new season available clicking that play link for the first time is intimidating. Hoping that the show holds up and doesn’t tarnish your perfect memories of it is sweat inducing for sure. Rest easy. Black Mirror’s fourth season follows up the perfection with more amazing stories.
I’m going to keep this short since I hate to delve into episode by episode write ups on a show like this. I don’t even read the official synopsis because the surprise and discovery is the entire point. This season feels a lot lighter than some of the previous ones where appropriate. I am also finding a lot more of a Hitchcockian influence than straight up Serling. Nothing at all wrong with that.
This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about this show either. Look for my past write ups if your curious. The best thing you can do for yourself is to open up your Netflix app, sit back, and enjoy. Try not to multitask with this show either. The subtleties in story telling and deliberate cinematography/editing choices elevate the series.
Four years in, has the binge-worthy series lost some of its touch? Absolutely not.