“Black Mirror” back in September, precisely in 2015 with 12 episodes divided into two seasons. Both included six episodes where you can access it through Netflix. The third series released in 2016 while the fourth series in 2017. This British speculative anthology series still covered a sharp satire from society and technology. It’s a show about the fear of human addiction on technology right on target. Maybe, this is more non-fiction but it can happen in 10 minutes if you blink. Brooker takes various important but not important elements of our behavior towards digital. He shows that all these elements multiply in intensity so interesting. There are monsters who are willing to invade, cause an apocalyptic. It’s there but it doesn’t look especially for now.
The third season of “Black Mirror” includes six episodes with truly different mood and emotions. “Nosedive” is the opening episode of this third season. In this episode, ratings are everything. The higher the rating, the easier your life will be. Likewise with the opposite. Ratings must be good in order to be able to buy a house and can be respected by the community. However, this makes us every day have to wear the mask of lies from smiles. Keep your behavior on social media. As with our content creators both on YouTube and Instagram. And this happened to Bryce Dallas Howard as Lacie Pound. She is a naive anti-thesis of a princess. Having to face the real world, she considers how she must be careful in responding to society.
And it looks like, the technology in this episode and our reality we live in today is no different. Increasingly sophisticated technology often used as a practice of capitalism. Humans will be more spoiled, lazy, stiff, and conservative. The presence of capitalism disguised as technology is no different. Everything is so abstract as well as the phenomenal role of Dallas Howard. The community seems to pretend to use their respective roles. Individualism is expanding and our minds are far from our bodies. With just a little touch and error, Lacie finally found out about the ins and outs of the community. There is a horror on Lacie’s shoulder. She finally managed to reveal her true character. There is no morality, no more identity, no more culture. There is only a hypothetical doll from a person in power. Society is a nightmare on every street.
Life is a video game and video game is life. Different but the same yet also the same but different. Just like “Playtest”, a simple premise that produces how real and painful video games associated with real life. The premise of the story seems self-explanatory. But, sudden mood changes seem to be a gothic story in the style of Stephen King thriller. In short, playing video games won’t die. Or maybe, cases like this we often hear and the life of Wyatt Russell as Cooper Redfield. Cooper is an aspiration in traveling around and seeing the world up close. All privileges lay with him until he stuck in one country. The company forced him to play a world in the reality of video games.
This episode seems stuck in my mind or whether I don’t understand the system of this episode. However, “Playtest” really gives you a question of the similarity about a video game and reality. Like Cooper, his life is even sadder and frightening than the game. Even more frightening, all of that happened in his subconscious. This episode brings back the vibe from “Inception” or a story like “White Christmas“. This episode, in essence, tells us how to experience real-life video game combinations. Little things are also the matter source whether it’s a smartphone or whatsoever. However, this is a warning that video games and reality are two different but similar dimension.
Be careful on the internet, be diligent in seeking information, and make reading as your hobby. For me, “Shut Up and Dance” is a nightmare of the three things I mentioned. It’s an episode that brings back the concept of “The National Anthem” with “White Bear” as exploitation and blackmail. This terror episode tells the story of Alex Lawther as Kenny who downloaded an anti-malware program to fix his laptop. Sadly, the program activated his webcam without his knowledge where records him was masturbating to internet porn. Well, that’s escalated quickly but it’s very fragile, as fragile as this black glass. Finally, he must obey what the hacker said so that the record is not exploited.
“San Junipero” probably an episode with a happy ending or maybe natural or ironic. Clearly, it’s another tear-jerking story in this anthology. This episode tells the story of a time when “Cloud” is an alternative paradise. In this “Cloud”, you can live after your body dies with a form of a virtual city called San Junipero. You can do anything or change yourself to be cooler. Be younger and do what you cannot get when you are still alive. And this happens with the sweet romance story about Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Kelly Booth and Mackenzie Davis as Yorkie. Heaven is a place on earth even this episode haunts us all. A colorful background is even difficult to say whether this is the happiest episode in “Black Mirror”. Like a lonely future, dreams are always more beautiful than reality.
“Men Against Fire” is the least favorite episode from this season. The premise is simple with a zombie-style plot. Malachi Kirby as Stripe is a soldier who fights in government power to eradicate a virus. Similar to the “Black Mirror” episodes before, this episode uses an implant embedded in the head. The narrative in this episode is a symbol of a power used by certain people. The twist is quite predictable. However, this episode explores a humanitarian change left in a former soldier. Almost similar to Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket”. A cold-blooded monster born inside the soldier was then eating his human life.
“Hated in the Nation” is a closing episode of this third season. This episode made us realize there is no one in this world that is vulnerable and free. Regardless of which, what you write on the internet will remain forever as long as the internet is still there. Whether you delete it, there will be a trace or people who took the image. This episode explores a ruler willing to invest a large number of projects. However, not only that. The internet is growing and entertainment is getting more and more willing.
There are two different sides of the coin, yet public shaming and scapegoats always appear. Very scary to imagine when justice no longer exists. There is only hatred for a ruler who cannot give anything more. Just like “ADIs”, a technology which representation this episode is described as a collection of hungry bees ready to prey on its users.
Internet and technology are transitory. Both “objects” always produce hope for us as human being and society. If there are no them, we will be empty every day. We prefer to be on the internet rather than eat and Brooker represents it in this episode. There is no quality, only quantity. The moral seems to be entertainment, paranoia increasingly digressing. What are we really laughing at? Fiction? Reality? Both of them? This season is a representation of a pessimism grows up as analog. It wants to be brought to the next generation. All the acting in this season is really fantastic. The direction in this episode is one of the best. Brooker’s ideas in delivering it through satire seem to work.