--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, turquoiseb  wrote:
> --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "salyavin808"  wrote:
> >
> > I would have missed the whole thing [Utopia] if it wasn't 
> > for someone I know who saw a trailer and thought it worth
> > a try. I gave up on Channel 4 ages ago because of their
> > sudden love of freak shows and endless cooking programmes.
> > Shall take their drama a bit more seriously now though.
> > 
> > Talking of which, the same guy recommends a show called 
> > "Black Mirror" also from Channel 4 and written by Charlie 
> > Brooker, possibly the world's darkest and most sceptical 
> > TV critic. Haven't seen it myself yet but it's supposed 
> > to be a treat.
> Thank your friend for me a second time. 

I will, I heard it was good but never got round to watching
it. Scathingly cynical sounds like CB alright, I shall make
a date for the second series which has just started on C4.

> I just watched the first episode of "Black Mirror" (1 of
> 4 so far, 6 in total), and it is one of the most brilliant
> pieces of scathingly cynical television I've ever seen
> in my life. I didn't know anything about the series or
> Charlie Brooker, but as the Wikipedia page on this series
> explains, it's a darker, more mindfuckful version of 
> "The Twilight Zone" or "Tales of the Unexpected," each
> episode standalone, with no continuing plots or characters.
> It supposedly won the Best TV movie/mini-series award at 
> the 2012 International Emmys. Explaining the title, 
> 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, a smartphone."
> The episode I just watched explores just that. It's about
> an enormous clusterfuck of cyberterrorism. Someone kidnaps
> a British princess with the PR ratings of a Princess Di,
> and threatens to kill her at 4 p.m. that day unless the
> Prime Minister accedes to his demand. So far, just yer
> normal "24" plot. It's the demand that turns things dark,
> dark, darker than dark, but in a way that you can't help
> but laugh uproariously about from time to time. The
> kidnapper demands that the PM go on all terrestrial,
> satellite, and cable networks live and...uh...fuck a pig.
> I won't reveal any details, except to say that by the
> time this ransom demand hits the Internet and the shit
> hits the fan, the expected viewing audience for such an 
> event would total over a billion people, each and every one
> of them with their eyes glued to the black mirror. 
> Suffice it to say I just can't wait to see the other 2
> episodes from season 1, one of which, "The Entire History 
> of You," has already been optioned by Robert Downey Jr. 
> for an American remake. Season 2 (another 3 episodes)
> has just started.

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