Well the second series of Charlie Brooker’s dark futuristic visions, Black Mirror came to it’s close on Monday and if you’ve read my review you’ll know how much I loved the first series. Series two saw three new ideas of how technology is going to ruin the world. Episode one told the story of a girl grieving the death of her husband or fiancee, I can’t remember, but she finds out about a service which collects all the data he left behind online and create a fully functioning online version of the deceased, as she gets more and more attached to the fact that she can talk to him she moves up in the levels of this idea eventually experimenting with this new technology that makes a fully human version of her loved one resulting in a deeply disturbing series of events. Episode two took a slightly different outlook. Starting at in a somewhat 28 Days Later style setting with a girl waking up a strange world that seems to have been taken over by murderers and faceless watchers who do nothing but film her on their mobiles. I won’t give away the twist but it turns out to be something much darker than you would expect. The concluding part of the trilogy was about comedy cartoon character, Waldo, who ends up becoming a political figure due to the way in which takes the piss out of existing politicians and his ‘fuck-everything’ mentality.
It must be said though that I found this series a great deal less insightful and original than the first. The best episode was definitely the best in this series, and that, really, was just a modern day Frankenstein but it was done very well and managed to put a new, thought-provoking spin on the idea. Episode two was much the same, the twist at the end was excellent but there were too many scenes that I felt like I’d seen before, as I mentioned earlier it really was very similar to 28 Days Later. And the final episode, I thought, was the worst one yet it didn’t seem clear in what it was trying to say and when it came to the end I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to think. The trailer for the episode threw me off to as I was getting very excited by the bit about Waldo being the perfect assassin but in the context of the episode this line made virtually no sense.
It’s still a whole lot better and much more thought provoking than almost any other tv show but series two of Black Mirror lacked the originality of its predecessor, ultimately feeling like a more rushed series that bears its influences to close to the surface making them all too noticeable. Still definitely worth a watch though.