When Black Mirror hit the screens seven years ago, it came with high acclaim and cult status which has followed it up to date. With every new season, it appeared as if the cult burst into the mainstream, making the show the perfect heir to The Twilight Zone for the digital age. It is not just a matter of The Black Mirror being good, but after watching all the thirteen episodes, little doubt is left whether or not the anthology format adopted by the show isn’t one of the best in the current television era. To get you more insights about some of the best highlights of the show, here are the seven greatest episodes you must watch:
Season 3 Episode 6: Hated in the Nation
This is the last episode of the third season and probably the longest episode in the entire show. It is an entertaining thriller about backdoor hacking, media pile-ons, and the extinction of the bees. In this episode, Kelly McDonalds investigate deaths of individuals who were targets of online harassment. The episode eventually turns out to be an epic examination on how justice in the social works.
Season 2 Episode 2: White Bear
This episode was defined by strange presentation of very new circumstances which had very hidden meanings that were not revealed until the key moment. In this episode, a woman runs away from unknown attackers and apparently, she is recorded by everyone around her using their smartphone. Though smartphones can sometimes be annoying with their fast battery drains, but this episode introduces a simplistic twist and if at all Booker was pulling another one of his tricks, then he had probably had a lot.
Season 3 Episode 4: San Junipero
This is one of what is considered as an anomaly in the show where we see a rare installment of elliptical romance which brings warmth to the heart and not the normal poison that normally burgeons the heart to death. Yorkie and Kelly upgrade their relationship from pals to lovers while on a community beach, but there are greater forces out there determined in tearing them apart. For them to stay together, they will have to sacrifice what neither of them may be able to bear, but that will be the cost of their love. The episode is concluded in one of the finest and most unexpectedly poignant manner in the entire series.
Season 1 Episode 3: The Entire History of You
How would you like the experience of receiving a text message from your crush, then you take the next three hours to obsessively go through the text with a fine tooth comb to decipher why it was sent and most importantly what it really means? This is the kind of experience Brooker goes through and it almost turns out to be nightmarish for him. He ends up with unsparing melodrama of insecurity, jealousy and bouts of hot tempers.
Season 1 Episode 1: The National Anthem
This is how the Black Mirror decided to burst out of the screens, with the prime minister having sex with pigs. With this episode, what would otherwise been a dark comedy is turned is turned into a bright depiction on how public opinion can change tides and the speed with which what are normally considered as unthinkable can quickly get into the realms of acceptable.
Season 3 Episode 1: Nosedive
In this episode, a team of top tier talent joins Brooker to further expand the seldom theme of Black Mirror, where we continue to witness the insidious ways through which the human behavior is altered by technology. If there is any episode in Black Mirror make you wish to chuck your phone in the nearest body of water, then it is this particular one.
Season 2 Episode 1: Be Right Back
In this episode, Brooker takes on nothing else but death itself and he decides on a future where a widow would have the ability to adopt the personality of her late husband, which are aggregated from their social media accounts and then uploaded to a new body. But in the same manner as the people we use to replace lost lovers normally disappoint, Brookers’ clones also develop bugs which further demonstrates on the futility of trying to cling on what is already gone. This season comes with a great wisdom about the line between the elemental forces of life and human intervention.