Black Mirror is a British anthology series that captivated American audiences - with its cautionary theme of technological dependency, since its premiere in December 2011.
The show indirectly pays homage to another sci-fi anthology series from the 60s, The Twilight Zone, which tackled controversial issues at the time, free of censorship.
Showrunner Charlie Brooker was inspired by Rod Serling's series, and created Black Mirror. For series four, Brooker took a slight detour from the maudlin tone of the previous seasons and imbued the new episodes with more hope.
I genuinely thought, I don't know what state the world's going to be in by the time these [episodes] appear, and I don't know how much appetite there will be for nothing but bleak nihilism."
He explains how he came up with the show's title.
If technology is a drug – and it does feel like a drug – then what, precisely, are the side effects? This area – between delight and discomfort – is where Black Mirror, my new drama series, is set. The 'black mirror' of the title is the one you'll find on every wall, on every desk, in the palm of every hand: the cold, shiny screen of a TV, a monitor, a smartphone.
Now that the show is streaming its fourth season on Netflix, fans are inspired to conjure up ideas for what they may want to see for season five. There are no shortage of creativity here.
Notice how, if you leave a phone unanswered, the rings start to sound like pleading.— Apa (@apaagbayani) December 31, 2017
INT. BLACK MIRROR PITCH ROOM - DAY— T (@grosshuman) December 31, 2017
Charlie Brooker: “What if cellphone rings...... had EMOTIONS?”
Things are getting creepier, and this technology is possibly already in existence.
Black Mirror idea: Future of Tinder for people who want kids. You give the app your DNA, then swipe left or right on realistic generated photos of the kids it knows you would make with the other users. Freaky!— wyatt tall (@comfortfood) December 30, 2017
Black mirror episode pitch #2: a man spends all day at a sad and boring office job. his only consolation is his wife who he talks to on the phone all the time but you never see her. and at the end of the episode he gets home and you realize his wife WAS THE PHONE ITSELF— caleb (@calmad9) December 7, 2017
Let's get real.
Black mirror season 5 pitch:— where the fuck is a snakes dick (@jckgnn) December 30, 2017
uhhhhhhhhhhhhh so there’s like this duuuude and he likeeeeeee never looks up from his phoneeeeeee and it’s likeeeeeeee his life is just likeeeeeeee going by and he’s likeeeeee missing out then he dies and the phone is still alive
You won't be able to look at your iPhone the same way again.
New bad idea for Black Mirror episode:— Erik Bransteen (@erikbransteen) December 30, 2017
Man gets blackmailed, then hunted down by a murderous GIF he created to digitally communicate with his dead sister, who in an ironic twist, turns out to be Siri.
Black mirror idea: all the collected uncaptured parts of you from your phone camera where u r checking urself out :) played on your death bed :)— genevieve♑️♏️♏️ (@starseedfairy) December 31, 2017
Black Mirror won critical acclaim in 2017 with the episode "San Junipero" from season three, earning its first Primetime Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Television Movie and Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special for Brooker.
The future of the series is looking bright, or bleak, depending on how you interpret it, but it's bound to have a healthy longevity.