Black Mirror is back to reflect the impact of technological changes on a near future world.
As with the best science fiction, Black Mirror demonstrates that no matter how much technology changes society, the dark core of human beings remains very much the same.
Overall, this latest slate contains a couple of hits, misses and so-sos.
The best episodes usually come from the conflict between what technology allows and the question of rights, and not just human rights either.
With the advent of A.I. and sentient code, episodes like the intriguing “USS Callister” and the excellent anthology within an episode, “Black Museum” challenges the viewer’s perceptions and emotions on whether A.I./sentient code should be afforded the same rights as human beings.
Elsewhere, technology fosters fear instead of security, resulting in severe losses. “Arkangel” – directed by Jodie Foster – and “Crocodile” are a little uneven overall but are good enough to deliver the message.
Which leaves us with the light-hearted sentimental “Hang the DJ” and the somewhat inconsequential monster instalment, “Metalhead”. These are probably the weakest of the season and are either to provide laughs (the former) or scares (the latter), as the case might be.
Entertaining fun in the main but certainly still not at the level of those ground-breaking early seasons.
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