"Black Mirror" is back! Watch the trailer for a special Christmas episode starring Jon Hamm
It's all too easy to poke fun at the excess, absurdity, and social ineptitude of the new tech boom -- and to be sure, many Silicon Valley types deserve to have a little shade thrown their way.
But there are deeper critiques of this increasingly pervasive -- and invasive -- technological revolution that often go unspoken. And while there's no shortage of Perez Hiltons delivering jabs to the tech elite, where are the Aldous Huxleys of our era? Or the Ray Bradburys? Why isn't more attention paid to the psychological and societal impacts of this new age of anxiety, where the lines between human/machine, private/public, and real/virtual continue to blur?
These are the kinds of inquiries posed by television's "Black Mirror," a brilliant six-episode science fiction series that is finally available to stream on Netflix. Each installment features a new story, setting, and characters. And while the show takes place in the future, most of the technology it depicts already exists -- it's just a matter of how far humanity has allowed it to dominate our lives.
Unlike in America, British television shows often bow out after only a couple seasons, and "Black Mirror" is no exception. Luckily, Brits are also fond of "Christmas specials," and on December 16th, "Black Mirror" will receive the holiday treatment.
Now Channel 4 has released a trailer for the episode, titled "White Christmas." It stars "Mad Men"'s unforgivably dashing Jon Hamm as some kind of digital dating consultant, and "Life of Pi"'s Rafe Spall as a guy who, at one point, gets "blocked" by a woman in real life -- the consequences of which appear far more dangerous than merely getting blocked on Twitter.
Watch the trailer above. Because "Black Mirror" is purely episodic, you won't need to watch the whole series first. But if you don't, you'll miss out not only on the best television show ever made about modern technology, but one of the best collections of science fiction stories produced in any medium.