‘Black Mirror’ is a British science fiction anthology series that is known for including themes of satire, psychological thriller, and tragedy. It has been created by Charlie Brooker who also serves as showrunner along with Annabel Jones. The series first premiered on Channel 4 on December 4, 2011. However, Netflix acquired the series in September 2015, after which it became a worldwide sensation and managed to amaze the audience.
The show is unique with its concepts and dangerously experimental with its storylines and has acquired a reputation for being unpredictable and refreshing with every episode. There is really no continuity in the plot of the storylines, but there is a relation between the underlying themes. It examines modern society, particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of new technologies. Episodes are standalone, usually set in an alternative present or the near future, often with a dark and satirical tone, though some are more experimental and lighter.
Brooker’s series is clearly inspired by the much older show, ‘The Twilight Zone‘, and his attempt is to bring out human relationship with technology, showing how it has an effect on us in the present. The series has gained a massive fan following, despite being a thinking person’s show, and their interactive foray in ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch‘ was extremely well received. Critics too have lauded the show, saying that the series is almost like an apocalypse of the modern world, profound and desperate at the same time. They also lauded how the show revealed the moral turpitude of modern society.
Black Mirror Cast: Who is in it?
As has been the tradition with all ‘Black Mirror’ episodes, the cast keeps changing with every episode, so there’s no permanence in that regard. None of the previous collaborators on the show are expected to return in the upcoming season. However, over the seasons, the series has had some prominent cast members in various episodes. These include Daniel Kaluuya of ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Get Out‘ fame, who appeared in one of my favorite episodes, ‘Fifteen Million Merits’, Rory Kinnear of ‘Skyfall‘, ‘Quantum of Solace’, ‘Spectre’, and ‘Penny Dreadful’ fame also appears in ‘The National Anthem’. ‘White Christmas’ has the likes of Jon Hamm of ‘Mad Men’ fame, Natalia Tena of ‘Harry Potter‘ and ‘Game of Thrones’ fame, and Oona Chaplin of ‘Game of Thrones‘ fame. Kelly Macdonald of ‘Trainspotting‘ and ‘Boardwalk Empire‘ fame appeared in ‘Hated in the Nation’ along with ‘Doctor Strange’ star Benedict Wong.
Other famous names who have appeared in the show are Miley Cyrus, the pop singer; Andrew Scott, who made his name as Moriarty in BBC’s ‘Sherlock’ and also appears in ‘Fleabag’; Anthony Mackie who plays Falcon in the MCU; and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who played the role of Black Manta in DC’s ‘Aquaman’. The cast also includes Topher Grace, Nicole Beharie, Angourie Rice, Ludi Lin, Madison Davenport, Damson Idris, and Pom Klementieff.