Directed by Carl Tibbets. Written by Charlie Brooker.
Starring Jon Hamm, Oona Chaplin, Rafe Spall, Natalia Tena.
Black Mirror is one of the smartest sci-fi horror TV anthology series ever produced – “a Twilight Zone for the Twitter age” as a reviewer aptly put it. The series debuted in 2011 on BBC and thus far six episodes (three in each season) have been made covering issues relating to the impact of technology on modern life. Without wanting to spoil anything, let’s say that these six episodes are essential viewing for geeks everywhere.
So what about the recently broadcast Christmas special? Well, the producers push the envelope ever so slightly by bringing in Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm but still delivering its unique brand of ‘techno-paranoia’ whilst letting diehard fans feel part of the world that Black Mirror has built up so well in the series thus far.
Suffice to say that elements of Philip K Dick, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and William Gibson’s cyberspace come into play significantly in White Christmas, and though seasoned sci-fi buffs might a lot of the plot points telegraphed somewhat, there is no denying the satisfaction that this 90 minute special provides.
Hopefully, writer-producer Charlie Brooker has more up his sleeve for 2015 with Season 3. Bloody essential.