“As dark, and yet lighter, than stories we’ve done before.” Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker speaks about the three new episodes of Black Mirror Season 5: Striking Vipers, Smithereens and Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too.
Black Mirror has become this generation’s, Twilight Zone. It deals directly with something we interface with every day. Technology. The present, the future, and the incredible is depicted in this world where technology reigns supreme and society has become its subconscious slaves. The Black Mirror representing the reflection of our cell phones and how everyone is entranced by it all hours of the day.
The series premiered for two series on the British television channel Channel 4 in December 2011 and February 2013, respectively. After its addition to the catalogue in December 2014, Netflix purchased the programme in September 2015. It commissioned a series of 12 episodes later divided into the third and fourth series, each six episodes; the former was released on 21 October 2016 and the latter on 29 December 2017. A standalone interactive film titled Black Mirror: Bandersnatch was released on 28 December 2018. A fifth series consisting of three episodes was released on 5 June 2019.
The series has garnered positive reception from critics, received many awards and nominations, and seen an increase in interest internationally, particularly in the United States after its addition to Netflix. Two episodes, “San Junipero” (from the third series) and “USS Callister” (fourth series), won a total of six Emmy Awards, with both episodes winning Outstanding Television Movie.
The new season of Black Mirror is currently streaming on Netflix.