In the UK, Charlie Brooker is somewhat of a national treasure. His hit show, Black Mirror, has gained huge popularity in its previous home on Channel 4. Now, seeing this popularity, Netflix has picked up the latest third season. In addition to this move and larger audience, we also have a six episode season instead of three and a host of big actors involved. Black Mirror has definitely moved up a gear.
The show focuses on the darker and unsettling side of our love for technology. Each episode has the air of a Grimm fairytale-theme about it. All aspects of humanity explored in the digital age. From a world where you can upload your the memories of your loved ones to robots after they die to reality TV shows that dominate every aspect of your life, the series reminds us exactly why we should be careful with our tech. Yet, Black Mirror is a captivating and unmissable watch, nonetheless.
Over on Collider, Brooker and Annabelle Jones, executive producer, talk about the latest season, as well as whether you should binge-watch it, or not.
Here’s what Annabelle Jones had to say about the move to Netflix:
“Now that we’re doing six episodes in the season, there’s a lot more variety across the season and we venture into different genres. We have a police procedural, we have a love story, we have a thriller, and we have a domestic, grounded story.”
Brooker also added this about his bigger audience:
“It’s interesting, in the U.K., I’m known for doing comedy things, which often doesn’t translate to the U.S. I’m often howling with laughter when I’m coming up with ideas for this show, which we then play straight. I find it amusing when I’ve read critiques of this show that have said, “Who is this angry guy that’s furious with the internet?” But, I’m quite a dweeb. I love games and technology, and all of that kind of stuff.“
Black Mirror is well-known for creating powerful messages. Brooker admits that even he struggles with some moments:
“I think you’ll certainly have a powerful reaction to several of them. We certainly have. There’s one of them that has moments I can barely watch, in a good way. There’s definitely discomfort. There are funny moments in there, as well.”
In addition to the change in audience, Brooker and Jones talk about binge-watching the show, as well:
Jones: I don’t recommend not binging. People have that option on Netflix, which is great. If you want to watch them in one go and can stomach them, good.
Brooker: Or you can have a little lie down in between, go for a walk, have a cry, have a biscuit, or whatever you want to do. One of them is feature length, as well.
You can watch the entire third season of Black Mirror on Netflix now.