Wednesday, October 12, 2016


On the eve of season 3 of BLACK MIRROR. A twilight zone-esque anthology series that revolves around technology more in it's stories. More of the future or parallel realities much like our own only more advanced technologically.

Watching the season 3 trailer for BLACK MIRROR. It fills me with excitement as it looks fantastic. I am eternally happy for Netflix for not only continuing the series but bringing it to American audiences through their service. As before I was watching the british series from word of mouth and YouTube as well as other methods.

Though I also noticed from the trailer how glossy and stylistic the episodes look. I can deal with the more familiar American episode casting. As it seems after Jon Hamm guest starred in the Christmas episode. The show was exposed to many who had never seen or heard of the show before.

Though watching the trailers also brought up some questions in my head. That goes with storytelling and art. When people are looking for certain things that are synonymous with your work or brand. Do you still give them what they want? What about if it doesn't necessarily serve the piece? Are you supposed to estimate, overestimate or underestimate your audience? Even on purpose?

Some might feel it weakens. As before with this particular brand or series. You knew there was a twist but treated it as everyday or something that went along with the dramatics and characters. As that was usually where the strength of the stories were. That made the episodes feel more like they were part of the everyday. I can admit I haven't seen any of the new episodes yet, but from the previews they seem more stylistic and calling attention to themselves. Upping the ante of what came before them. Making a spectacle already. Then going higher.

As these episodes look more cinematic (Maybe as they are directed by people who have more feature film credits than television ones) it might also be as television seems to bee becoming as vital as movies have been. As now television is taking more risks and all about originality of vision and voice. That allows a story to play out longer as a series even though still being limited by time constraints with story in a weekly or episodic manner. Which allows you to add more details and characters and tell the story stretched across and break down the acts more into an episodic nature. Which feels more natural as you have more time with it as a whole to understand and take it in.

I wonder if it is because of different writers. Charlie Brooker was the original genius behind the first two seasons. Which lasted only three episodes each. From watching previous series that he has written. It seems that he is always interested in humanizing the fantastical. Also showing the dangers of so called scientific breakthroughs. I don't know how much input he actually has in the new season other than being executive producer.

I am just hoping for the best. As understand these aren't complaints. Just thoughts and questions.

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