Berdan's Binge-Watch Corner #2

19 January 2018

Dear readers, my name is Berdan and welcome to my binge-watch corner. As for today, I will monthly update you with the best recommendations when it comes to binge-watching. Whether it’s movies or series, whether it’s comedy or horror, drama or science fiction; you’ll find all of it over here on the EmbrACE online magazine. So, jump in, and join me on my crazy ride through the land of Netflix. Who wouldn’t want to live there?


Binge #2: Black Mirror

You too, Berdan? Really? Did you have to write about that show that everyone has been talking about for the past few weeks, on literally every social media that exists? The answer is one hella-big YES. Black Mirror is definitely one of the most controversial, extraordinary and remarkable anthology series on Netflix. Anthology series make things easier for you. As the audience, you can choose whether to begin at episode 1 of season 1 (please, don’t), or at episode 6 of season 4 (please, do). Either way, it doesn’t matter. Just pick the one with the description that appeals the most to you.

This UK Netflix Original series is created by Charlie Brooker and I, myself, am really wondering how he sleeps at night (probably, like a baby). All of the 19 episodes of Black Mirror are like mini-movies; some of them longer than the other. Obviously, I will not address each and every episode, but I will absolutely help you on your way through this mind-blowing series.

Nosedive (S3 E1) was my first episode of Black Mirror ever and boy oh boy, it was a good one to start with. Lacie, played by Jurassic World’s Bryce Dallas Howard, is living in a world where technology rules. Everyone is on his or her phone. E-very-one. I kid you not. When Lacie gets her Brushed Suede coffee, she ranks the barista with five stars, followed by the most forced laugh in human history. Yes, you read it right: they rank each other. It’s all about your rating out of 5 stars in this episode. Lacie is starting off with a neat 4.1, but she is desperate to be a 4.5+. Believe me, this episode is even crazier than you think it is. Just like she faked her smile, Lacie fakes her whole life on what seems to be the Facebook of the future. She does everything to be part of the elite in this cutting-edge society. She even goes to a ‘therapist’ and no… not for her mental issues. If Lacie surrounds herself with high-4s, she’ll eventually be one of them; them who seem suicidal from the inside, as her 3.8-brother says. Lacie is invited for her so-called best friend’s wedding but when she’s about to leave, everything goes miserably wrong. I assure you, things are going wrong in a way you would not expect it. Just as with almost every episode of Black Mirror, there is this shocking, most unpredictable plot-twist in the end that you don’t want to miss.

Besides Nosedive, you should definitely watch Shut Up and Dance (S3 E3) if you’re into a psychological thriller-game, The Entire History of You (S1 E3) if you always wanted to know how it would be to photograph and film with your eyes, Hang the DJ (S4 E4) if love at first sight is your thing, and Black Museum (S4 E6) if you’re in for a messed-up ride through the power of technology.

Watch Black Mirror on Netflix with 4 seasons available to stream and download. WARNING: don’t watch more than one episode a day, you’ll go bananas. B-a-n-a-n-a-s. 

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