(The Cord-Cutting Blog was one year old two days ago.)
This blog’s mission statement:
“Cord-cutting: the final frontier. Our continuing mission: to explore strange new shows, to seek out new tech and new implementations, to boldly kludge where no one has kludged before. And save $$.”
The cord was cut on 2/7/2015. New (as well as old) tech has been spotlighted. A fair amount of bold kludging has been done. Plenty of $$ have been saved.
But one part of the mission has been neglected lately: the exploration of strange new shows. I’ve got a very good one for you.
“Black Mirror” is a UK import available on streaming Netflix. The title refers to all the TV screens, monitors, phones and tablets that hold so much of our attention today.
The show is near-future speculative and science fiction, satire, and a bit of psychological horror.
We have seen 3 episodes so far, all different, “Black Mirror” being an anthology show. They have in common that they feel immediate and are brilliant.
The first episode is not for the squeamish, but it isn’t about blood and guts. It concerns an outrageous ransom demand made of the British Prime Minister. Whatever happens, you can be sure it will be covered by 24-hour news networks and social media.
My favorite so far is the third episode, “The Entire History of You”. It suggests that photographic memory may not be a survival trait. It definitely wouldn’t win you as many arguments as you might suppose, even if you could rewind and cast it up on a screen for others to see. In light of the Snowden and Assange revelations, how would you feel about making your personal record available to whichever three-letter agency (TLA) decides they need to see it?
No point in going on, there are plenty of reviews out there. Just wanted to give you a heads-up.
Try it, this could be your weirdest Sci-fi Saturday in quite a spell.