Black Mirror (2011– )
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Hated in the Nation 

In near-future London, police detective Karin Parke, and her tech-savvy sidekick Blue, investigate a string of mysterious deaths with a sinister link to social media.

Director:

James Hawes

Writer:

Charlie Brooker
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly Macdonald ... Karin Parke
Faye Marsay ... Blue Colson
Benedict Wong ... Shaun Li
Jonas Karlsson ... Rasmus Sjolberg
Joe Armstrong ... Nick Shelton
Elizabeth Berrington ... Jo Powers
Charles Babalola ... Tusk
Ben Miles ... Tom Pickering
Esther Hall Esther Hall ... Vanessa Dahl
Holli Dempsey Holli Dempsey ... Clara Meades
Vinette Robinson ... Liza Bahar
Georgina Rich ... Tess Wallender
Duncan Pow ... Garrett Scholes
Cecilia Noble Cecilia Noble ... Dame Patricia Lamarr
Katherine Kingsley ... Dana Costello
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In near-future London, police detective Karin Parke, and her tech-savvy sidekick Blue, investigate a string of mysterious deaths with a sinister link to social media.

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

In the opening scenes of DCI Parke (Kelly Macdonald) watching the news, the anchor's news headlines include the announcement of yet another species extinction- the Siberian Crane, and a story about the ADI robotic bees. When Liza Behar (Vinette Robinson) is being interviewed at the school she works at, there are poster collages shown in the background that reference the news articles - one about extinction, and one on the wall with two styles of bees made of construction paper. See more »

Goofs

The IMEI codes cannot be reliably used to identify the users that used the hashtag. The IMEI code identifies the physical phone, not the user account (the SIM card ID could be used instead for that purpose). Moreover, a significant portion of the tweets would have originated from laptop computers connected to public hot spots, and these do not have IMEI codes. See more »

Quotes

Tess Wallander: It was like having a whole weather system turn against me. Just hate message after hate message, around the clock, all piling on. It's hard to describe what that does to your head. Suddenly there's a million invisible people, all talking about how they despise you. It's like a mental illness.
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Connections

References Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (1984) See more »

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Fall into Me
Performed and written by Alev Lenz.
Produced by Martin Phipps.
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A short review of "Black Mirror" Season 3
15 January 2018 | by ericrnolanSee all my reviews

"Black Mirror" (2011) remains the best science fiction show on television; I'd rate the six-episode third season a perfect 10. The show continues to succeed at every level with its story concepts and their execution. And I think it's actually getting better.

It's getting darker and harder hitting, too. I'd guess that this season's blackmailing-hackers episode ("Shut Up and Dance") would be the one that the majority of viewers find the most disturbing. For some reason, the man-vs.-monster story of "Men Against Fire" is the one that really got under my skin.

I was surprised to learn that nearly all of "Black Mirror's" episodes are penned by series creator Charlie Brooker. I'm still surprised at how many clever ideas and lean, smart scripts could spring from one writer. I was so impressed that I looked Brooker up on Wikipedia -- but was surprised to discover I'm unfamiliar with nearly all of his other work. The one exception is "Dead Set" (2008) -- the truly fantastic British zombie horror miniseries that I've been recommending to friends for ages. That makes sense.

Anyway, I am fully and happily converted to "Black Mirror's" cult following, and I enthusiastically recommend it to people who ask about it. (The show's popularity is still growing -- I believe it appeals to the same kind of fans as those who flocked to the various iterations of "The Twilight Zone" and "The Outer Limits" of generations past.) But I might actually suggest that newcomers begin with the second or third season, rather than the first. Season 1 is terrific, but it's three episodes are more subtle and thematic, while the latter seasons follow a more conventional story structure that might better appeal to more mainstream audiences. (They have more satisfying twists and emotional payoffs, too.)

And a quick caveat -- I'll reiterate that this show is indeed dark. There is a strictly human element to most of "Black Mirror's" twists that is intended to surprise the viewer by provoking anxiety or dread. For a show that relies on technological story devices, it succeeds even more with its old fashioned psychological horror.


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