Friday, January 27, 2017

Black Mirror



As someone who has to deal with migraines at least once a week, I find myself Netflix and chilling a lot. No, wait. That means something else. I find myself in search of binge-worthy television shows while I rest on the couch a lot.  Yeah, that sounds much better.

I recently finished Nurse Jackie and Shameless and enjoyed them both very much. Must be the addiction aspect that I found so intriguing. Being a recovering addict and being married to a recovering addict and seeing how far addiction can take someone well…it’s humbling.

But last week I wanted to try something a little bit different. I wanted a new genre so I thought I’d give Black Mirror a try when I saw it was trending on Netflix.

I’ve only watched the first few episodes and I’m already hooked. I had absolutely no idea what to expect so when the first episode came to a conclusion, and then the second episode began with a new cast, I was a bit confused and turned to IMDB for answers.

The storyline reads: “A television anthology series that shows the dark side of life and technology.”  Yep. That was exactly what I just watched and enjoyed. And yep, it was pretty bleak but in a get you thinking kind of way, not a geez, now I’m depressed kind of way.

I scrolled down and found the review section. I don’t know about you, but I tend to ignore critic’s reviews. I rarely agree with them. Maybe I’m just not classy enough. I mean, I’m the chick that just finished binge-watching Shameless after all so that tells you a lot about my taste. Devin skipped watching Shameless with me. Too many sex addiction triggers. Or maybe he’s classier than I am?

As I read the user reviews, I found that the majority of reviewers agreed with me. They also enjoyed the show (and helped me understand that each show was meant to stand alone).  The rating on IMDB was 8.9 out of 10. Again, I agree. I thought the writing was good and so was the acting. I love that the series creator, Charlie Brooker, sees that sometimes technology can be seen as a drug in our current society. (Of course, I may be bias because of my hubby's addiction to porn which was fueled by the Internet.)

Brooker says, “If technology is a drug – and it does feel like a drug – then what, precisely, are the side effects? This area – between delight and discomfort – is where Black Mirror, my new drama series, is set. The 'black mirror' of the title is the one you'll find on every wall, on every desk, in the palm of every hand: the cold, shiny screen of a TV, a monitor, smartphone."

My only disappointment is that there are only nineteen episodes. Really? Say it ain’t so! That means that I’ll be looking for another good show to watch soon. But even more interesting was that Netflix liked the concept so much, they picked up the last twelve episodes. So, maybe they’ll add another season or two before it’s all said and done.

Do you have any good show recommendations for me? Do you like to binge watch shows or do you like to pace your shows out?


34 comments:

  1. I haven't seen that one. I do think technology is a drug for some people. Crazy to think twenty years ago, people were just getting into the Internet.

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    1. It's very good and I think you'd really enjoy it because of the sci-fi aspect. I remember when we first got the Internet...listening to the modem dialing up, that high pitched squeal as it connected. haha My how far we've come.

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  2. Ooh, I have this show on my watchlist and had been meaning to watch it, but I totally forgot about it until I saw your post. Thanks for the reminder!! It sounds so intriguing and I think I will love it.
    And I have recently been thinking about technology and addiction. I read about social media being an addiction and I started thinking about how often I check the apps on my phone. It's impacted my focus on writing and I think I made the right choice in deleting Facebook from the phone!

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    1. I think you'll enjoy it too. You and I seem to have the same taste in shows. Each episode has a different "message" or theme that gets you thinking about things. I agree with you, Julie, about checking on Facebook because I was that way with Pokemon for awhile. I finally deleted it because it had become a distraction for me rather than being fun.

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  3. Life has sure changed a ton with technology and you just have to watch the idiot glued to their cellphone step out in traffic to know people are addicted. I binge away at my bay, never seen that one though. Dark and dreary can be hit or miss for me. Last one I binged on there was Galavant lol

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    1. Or how about the morons who check their phones while they're driving? So dangerous. I'll never forget the guy we saw on the NJ turnpike who had, get this, his cell phone and lap top, yes, his lap top out while he was driving his SUV! On the freakin' turnpike! Insane! I never heard of Galavant. I'll have to see if that's something I'd be interested in. Thanks!

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    2. Stupid people like that need their license taken away. Galavant is fun, and I bet you can instantly tell why it is liked at the cat's bay.

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    3. I just looked it up on IMDB and I vaguely remember seeing the promo for this last year so I read one of the reviews and he mentioned it was similar to Mel Brook's style of comedy so I added it to my watch list. If it's not good, I'm blaming you, cat!

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  4. I personally like The Great British Bake Off found on YouTube. They used to have a bit of it on Netflix and Amazon but changed the title to not include the words, BAKE OFF, don't get me started on that mess. Anyway, that's the stuff I go for.

    Thanks for stopping by earlier. Thank you but yes, I am chicken shit. 100 percent but I'm okay with that. I'll get there. Thanks again and boogie boogie.

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    1. My youngest and I enjoy watching some of the culinary shows too. Usually the ones with Gordon Ramsey because he's so brutally honest with his critiques and he can afford to be because he's so talented. Plus, he shows his softer side when he hosts the children's shows.

      Nah, I prefer to say you're waiting rather than saying you're chicken shit. ;)

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  5. I am not a binge show watcher, though my daughter is, so I understand the draw of it. The whole concept of The Black Mirror is intriguing though, we are addicted to our tech gadgets, they are wonderful and they are evil... and I'm not giving mine up! ;-)

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    1. I'd be hard pressed to give my gadgets up. I think I'd miss my laptop the most. Not just for the internet but because it's where I do my writing. Sure, I could use pen and paper but I type so much faster!

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  6. I've been free of TV for years, so I don't have recommendations. I'm glad you found an addictive show, however short the series. I rarely agree with critics too. When we're all in agreement, that says something.

    Love you, hon.

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    1. *gasp* Free of TV?! No wonder you're able to work, write, and have a social life :)

      Love you, my dear friend!

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  7. I've not heard of that show. 19 episodes isn't too bad. Daredevil's season only has 13.

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    1. No, 19 isn't too bad but that's the total of three seasons. I'm hoping Netflix will produce a few more.Fingers crossed!

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  8. Everyone's into Netflix. I've never tried it. I don't like watching stuff on my computer. But TV shows I like are Last Man Standing, Friends, Frasier. Not sure if the Canadian show Made in Canada is available....I'm guessing it's not. My stepdaughter loves Sherlock but I think each season has 2 or 3 episodes only. A lot of friends were into Downton Abbey.

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    1. I was resistant to subscribe to Netflix for awhile because I didn't think I'd ever really watch it. Boy was I wrong. I got the app when my hubby gave me my X-Box and boy oh boy, I loved it! I was able to watch it on the TV and I even got an Amazon Fire stick for my bedroom and now I can watch it in there too. I've watched a few episodes of Last Man Standing and it's a good show. I love Friends too! I haven't seen Sherlock yet. I hear lots of good things about Downtown Abbey...maybe I'll give that a try one of these days.

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  9. I'll bet Devin runs into a lot of trouble with modern TV shows...

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    1. Unfortunately, if it's on pay channels, he can. He has a trick he uses though. He has a laptop that he keeps nearby so that if a show gets too risky, he can divert his attention to one of his hobby pages instead until the scene is over.

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  10. We've watched the first two episodes, and I like it, but it doesn't seem like a binge show to me. We've used it so far to till in gaps between series.

    Have you seen West World? Or have the ability to watch that?
    Or, on Netflix, have you watched the Marvel shows?
    Actually, we just stared Series of Unfortunate Events, and it's awesome!

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    1. Oh my gosh, I loved West World. Such a fantastic series. I almost gave up on it by the third episode because it seemed so repetitive but I stuck with it and I'm glad I did. I haven't watched any of the Marvel shows because that's more Devin's genre than mine. I've heard great things about Series of Unfortunate Events and I think I may give that a try next.

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  11. I understand pain but not migraines....needless to say, I feel bad for you. I don't have Netflix but I can easily see myself binge watch. I like Grimm and I liked Lost

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    1. I'm sorry you can relate to pain on any level. It simply sucks. My youngest has migraines too. We remind each other that things can always be worse. We don't suffer from a terminal disease, and the pain isn't forever: This too shall pass. My hubby watches Grimm. If I remember correctly, this is the last season, right? I vaguely remember Lost. I think I've seen it on Lost too.

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  12. Hi Elsie - thank goodness I don't get addicted to tv shows - some I like to watch if I'm around .. but few thankfully! I'm also not addicted to FB or Twitter etc ... I do the occasional FB - but not putting up posts ... but my blog - well that stays! I do hope you can find some relief for the headaches ... so uncomfortable ... cheers Hilary

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    1. TV shows and movies have gotten me through many days on the couch or in bed but Facebook and Twitter...not so much. Lately, those two have done more to aggravate me more than anything else. I had to unplug from both. I miss the days of puppies, kittens and food. Can't wait until the political posts are gone. I hope that'll be soon!

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  13. I don't have Netflix but my daughter does. She's like you watching seasons from start to finish. :) She's watched shows from Friday to Sunday and then wondered where the weekend went and why so fast. :)

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    1. That's a true binge-watcher for sure! :) I wonder where my time goes too after I've been watching Netflix all day when I have a migraine.

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  14. The only time I have watched Netflix is when I was house/dog sitting for my brother, at the moment I am watching The Brokenwood Mysteries a New Zealand show that I like

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    1. For me, it's worth the ten bucks a month I pay. Then again, I'm also stuck on the couch a lot. ;) I've never heard of Brokenwood Mysteries but I do love a good mystery!

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  15. Hmmm, sounds like something I should check out.

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  16. The one time I was watching Netflix like everyday was Hercule Poirot series. When the series ended, it was terrible time for me. I don't watch long winding series anymore, just short nature documentaries and movies are fine with me. Take care Elsie.

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  17. Hi Elsie - take this off here, as I can't see an email ... but I thought you might be interested in this, which I've just read ..

    "Smelling a green apple can help ease the severity of migraine headaches. Certain scents naturally help us relax and reduce tension, and studies have shown the green apple scent to be particularly effective. A chilled cut lime is also reported to reduce headache pain, both by smelling it, and by rubbing it on the forehead or temples."

    A thought only ... cheers Hilary

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