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Sci-Fi Series Turns the Mirror on Ourselves and Our Technology

"It's a terrifying challenge to basically make each episode from scratch, but that also means 'Black Mirror' never gets boring for me."

If you’re looking for further evidence that technology brings out the worst in human nature, look across the pond to the British sci-fi series Black Mirror. Akin to the single episode nature of The Twillight Zone series, Black Mirror adopts a similar freestanding-episode philosophy in its efforts to highlight how technology can impact human behavior — and not always in good ways.

Created by Charlie Brooker and produced by Annabel Jones, the anthology format that the series has adopted allows each episode to feel like an hour-long film. “In that way, it’s very liberating,” said Jones. “You can be more idea-driven.”

Though it is a “terrifying challenge” to make each episode from scratch, Brooker says, the ideas for Black Mirror are plentiful — from a time-travelling romance to a medicinally modified soldier to a deadly obsession with social media. “So yeah, it’s a terrifying challenge to basically make each episode from scratch, but that also means Black Mirror never gets boring for me.”

The series takes a gleefully dark look at technology and its ability to wreak havoc on people’s behavior, but Brooker says that in the show, technology itself is not usually the villain. “It’s human weakness, which technology amplifies because it allows people to wield immense, almost magical power they might be poorly equipped to handle,” he explains.

Jones adds, “Black Mirror does sometimes question the power that we’re ceding to these technologies which we so happily allow into our lives. To read more of this interview, click here.