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People Are Pitching Their Own 'Black Mirror' Episodes—And They're As Great As They Are Absurd

By Koh Mochizuki

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.