Do you love Black Mirror as much as I do? Okay, let’s get into it. Much has been made of BM’s foreboding, not-so-far away future where our current technology obsessed society has taken multiple swerves over to the dark side, leaving us viewers afraid to look at our phones. But you know it’s also, like, neat. What works best in BM, like any other show, is not just what it is about, but (I can’t stress this enough in my reviews) how it is about it. Sure, it’s cool as shit to see implants that record all of our memories, killer robot bees, or being able to physically block someone from your life, but it’s also damn cool when each of those stories is accompanied by some sort of unexpected twist and involves well drawn, relatable characters. BM does just that, and often just when you think you’ve worked out the commentary and the conceit, it slaps you upside the face with an ironical type shift in story. So yes, not only does the show work as a ‘reflection’ (ha ha) of where we may be heading as a civilization, but each episode, a few misfires aside, are finely written stories with delightful developments and nuanced people to inhabit the universe. So, by season (or series, if you will), here are my favourite episodes reviewed, from least to best in their respective series’ runs.
#MyWorstDateThis being my second or third Tinder date ever, I hadn’t yet graduated to explicitly stating in my profile that I was a paraplegic, confined to a wheelchair from a gunshot injury I had sustained two years earlier. I now know that including this information not only improves my match frequency (I suppose it does make me a bit more interesting than the next dude) but also serves as an automatic filter in that the people that I do match with are often wonderfully open-minded and have a bit more depth.
Hi. I suppose, being a paraplegic and in a wheelchair and all, that it’s about time that I invested some blog space and thought space into what that whole thing is like. I mean, it’s only been two years since I was shot, but oh boy have there been some learning curves and fun stories in that time. From grabbing onto the back of a motorcycle and subsequently spilling myself into the street, or having a friend jump into my lap and dump me over onto a packed dance floor (it’s like, I can’t double wheelchair myself, can I? Might as well have some fun with it!), or putting a hot plate on my lap for a few seconds and not feeling it and burning my thighs raw, there have been stories. Most of them do involve me falling.
If you watched Game of Thrones’ episode, “Book of the Stranger” and have some notion of history and politics, you may have noticed a few crazy and familiar things being played out in the lands of Westeros and Essos. Things that author GRRM and showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss have certainly and purposefully introduced to reflect the history of our own real life non-magical dragon having society. It’s well documented that GRRM was inspired by historical events when he set out to create the conflicts of Westeros, namely England’s 15th century War of the Roses, and that the inspiration of The Wall was found on his trip to Northern England to visit Hadrian’s Wall. Other elements of the ASOIF universe are obvious: Westeros is feudalistic Europe, with the North subbing as the rough, grey highlands of Northern England and / or Scotland / Ireland, the South as a proper and civilized land of bounty (King’s Landing is most reminiscent of a shit stinking medieval London), and then Dorne serving as a the stereotypical Latin hot tempered and lusty Spain (or even Mexico if you like). It’s also no coincidence that the ongoing Dornish feud with the Crown in the books and show resembles Queen Elizabeth I’s constant warring and peacing with Spain early in her reign.