I was a peculiar child with a big imagination. I never enjoyed watching realistic shows, but gravitated toward stories that stretched the bounds of reality. The first time I watched an episode of The Twilight Zone, my little mind exploded. It was the perfect blend of horror and just plain weirdness.
The episode was, “Eye of the Beholder”, and told the story of a woman who underwent her eleventh treatment to look “normal.” Her face is bandaged throughout most of the episode and we’re left to wonder as the hospital staff comments on her horrendous appearance. The ending is brilliant. Click here to view the episode on YouTube.
I quickly became hooked on any thrilling show (anthologies were my favorite) with horror, the supernatural, or science fiction. They shaped my entertainment interests to this day. If it hadn’t been for them, I wouldn’t have watched Lost or Battlestar Galactica–my favorite shows as an adult. It’s that background that made my ears perk up when I heard of Black Mirror.
Black Mirror is a “science fiction television anthology series that centers around dark and satirical themes that examine modern society, particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of new technologies.” Read its Wiki here. It has a tinge of nostalgia for people who grew up watching those other shows but with a twist that brings it into the 21st century. I think it tends to lean a bit darker than the shows I mentioned, but that darkness also made me think about the stories longer than usual. I still find myself thinking about a story from time to time.