'Black Mirror' is back: frightening facts and trivia

Trivia to celebrate season 5 of 'Black Mirror'

Stars Insider

06/05/19 | StarsInsider

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Listen up you binge-watchers. 'Black Mirror' is back, with season five now streaming on Netflix. The dark drama has become a huge hit, with fans around the world tuning in to the somber stories. If you didn't know, 'Black Mirror' is an anthology show, with a new story and characters every episode. However, all episodes take on the theme of technology, specifically the dark side of tech that haunts all of our lives. Take 'Nosedive,' a recent episode set in a world where people rate each other out of five stars. The main character becomes obsessed with ratings and social media, leading her to a fateful end. Sound familiar?

We can all connect to the universal themes of 'Black Mirror.' The new characters and stories keep audiences engaged, a fresh break from longer shows like 'Games of Thrones' and 'The Handmaid's Tale.' The show has actually drawn comparisons to 'The Twilight Zone.' Like 'Black Mirror,' the sci-fi show satirized contemporary themes, like social justice and the Red Scare. Also like 'Black Mirror,' the show changed characters and plot with every episode. 

'The Twilight Zone' had its genius in Rod Serling, the series creator. Charlie Brooker is the man behind 'Black Mirror,' and what a career he's had. Brooker got his start writing for computer magazines and newspapers. He then went into comedy, becoming a familiar face on the British circuit. After creating the show, he took it to Channel 4, and they gave him three episodes. There was a bold start, with gruesome episodes and grisly elements. Production was handed over from Channel 4 to Netflix, but episodes are as delightfully gloomy as ever. The production changes also mean there are more international stars, set pieces, and locations. Originally, 'Black Mirror' was a pretty British affair, lampooning the Prime Minister and game shows like 'The X Factor.'

With 'Black Mirror' back, it's high time you learn all about the world's favorite black comedy. Find out what the title means, what song appears in every season, and which celebs are starring in new episodes.

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