Black Mirror on Netflix - Anyone Watching?

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  1. Jan 10, 2015 #1 of 166
    tivotvaddict

    tivotvaddict CreativelyChallenged

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    It's been described as the digital Twilight Zone, and the description has been apt so far. I've seen the first two episodes so far and it's mesmerizing .... in a very disturbing way.

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    Random User 7

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    Really enjoyed the first season. Just finished S2E1 and it was great. Probably my favorite so far although S1E1 was great too.
     
  3. Jan 10, 2015 #3 of 166
    JohnB1000

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    There's been discussion of it in the Netflix and the British TV show thread but not too much.
     
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    nirisahn

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    Never heard of it, but I love stuff like that. I'll have to add it to my list.
     
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    JohnB1000

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    I would suggest not judging it on the first episode which is quite different from the rest.
     
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    mr.unnatural

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    This was aired on British TV quite some time ago. I found out about it in the British TV discussion thread and found it on torrents over a year ago. Very weird and somewhat disturbing. IIRC, each of the first two seasons were only three episodes each.
     
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    Bierboy

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    I've heard of it and plan on watching at some point. I believe mr.unnatural is correct; the seasons (series) are three eps each.
     
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    Cainebj

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    I just watched it over the holidays also.
    It's pretty out there in a good way.
    The ongoing theme of technology gets a little wearing if you binge watch them.

    There is also a season 2 Christmas special that was shown in the UK in December that you might be able to find online.

    Interestingly enuf it stars
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    Zevida

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    I haven't been able to watch more because I was so disturbed by the first.
     
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    JohnB1000

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    The rest are nothing like that one, much better in my opinion, more sci fi and much smarter (mostly)
     
  11. Jan 11, 2015 #11 of 166
    tivotvaddict

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    I agree with Cainebj that it's not necessarily the best for binge watching. Which is a bit refreshing. Each one needs a bit of time for sinking in.

    Its commentary on our culture's obsession with reality tv hits painfully close to home and raises interesting questions about whether there truly is a line that society won't cross.

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  12. Jan 11, 2015 #12 of 166
    trainman

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    Hmm, I thought I'd heard the Christmas special was going to be on Netflix along with the "regular" 6 episodes, but I don't see it on there.

    It did air on DirecTV's Audience Network in the U.S., so DirecTV subscribers may still be able to get it (in repeats or on demand).
     
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    Cainebj

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    I might add for those who haven't seen it that they are standalone episodes with different stories and casts.
     
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    awsnyde

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    I watched the first episode of the second season, because Haley Atwell. Very emotional episode, and she more than demonstrates her acting chops.
     
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    mr.unnatural

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    More like you need time to recover between episodes. It borders on being downright pornographic in more than one episode. This show is definitely not going to be everyone's cup of tea. If the first episode bothers you then it might be advisable to skip the rest.
     
  16. Jan 12, 2015 #16 of 166
    ehusen

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    I've watched a few of these because a friend raved about them. I'm kind of ambivalent about them. And this kind of stuff is usually my cup of tea. It's disturbing enough that no one else in my family is going to like watching them as well.

    I really didn't like the first episode. It was rather repulsive to me and totally unbelievable. There is no way that they would even entertain giving into the terrorist's demand. It is absurd, simply because you are just opening the door for the next terrorist. I understand that it is trying to show us the impact of social media but really it was ridiculous.

    The second episode was better and I liked better (the society where you have to ride a stationary bike all day).

    The third one (with the implant that recorded everything you ever experienced in perfect recall) I liked even more. But it seemed a little derivative of that Robin Williams movie.

    So maybe the next three episodes will be even better?

    But again, as a warning, that first episode deals with bestiality as a major plot point (that's not a big spoiler, you find out in the first 5 minutes).
     
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    KenDC

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    When I saw Twilight Zone I thought of plot twists, this does not have that for the most part. It is fairly straight forward, just odd in a good way, IMHO.

    They make you think long after the episode is over, which is like TZ.

    I'm in for how ever many they make and have seen them all including the Christmas episode which was on the DirecTV channel, Audience. The rest are on NetFlix.
     
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    madscientist

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    ehusen, please spoilerize details of the plots... this thread is not marked for spoilers... thx!
     
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    smak

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    There are so few of them, I'm doing the anti binge watch. I'm going to watch them very rarely, so I still have some left.

    -smak-
     
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    Hank

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    I've been meaning to start a thread on this for at least a week now.. glad someone did.

    I loved the series so far. By far, the best episodes are S1E3 (grain) and S2E1 (Ash). The S1E1 is a little tough to get through, but good. S1E2 (bikes) is maybe too far "out there" but still works within the scope of the program.

    I would say that S1E1 is the bottom of the barrel of all six episodes. Just get through that one, and you'll certainly enjoy the rest.
     

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