I was immediately reminded of Uber ratings, Facebook comments and Instagram likes. The scary thing is that this isn't a distant future but something that, in a very real sense, is already happening. The theme is so topical and important that I was able to overlook the heavy-handed execution.
Although Black Mirror creates worlds and 'futures' . It feels a little close to real life and is one of the things I despise most about current society; wherever you go, you see people crossing roads, walking through the street, in their cars, eyes glued to their phone like it is some visual aid. But then again, I believe the Internet is great because it can create a new world, and allow us to escape this world.
I didn't even know I was watching the new Joe Wright movie, nor that it had been imported to Netflix, when I flipped this on. If the swing skirt didn't cue you, the problem is 1950s-style social conformity, without the communists. A boomer read the headline "Yelp for People" and sort of dived in. Directed, thankfully, beyond the simple execution of a bland concept, Wright/actors draw out subtle tics in drama.
The essence of what this show is all about: completely plausible sci-fi and technology, satirical, darkly humorous at times, dramatic, with room for character development and even redemption of some sorts. The writing and cinematography were excellent and Bryce Dallas Howard was a perfect cast in this role. This truly is "The Twilight Zone" of the 21st century. Let's dive into the rest of the season!