As a big aficionado for future predictions (especially dystopian ones), I love Black Mirror.
That’s why I was thrilled to see the new season, to once again have my mind blown by possible future scenarios, to try and understand the different societies and their values portrayed in these fragmented episodes.
Season 4 is interesting and it didn’t leave me disappointed; it is as many have pointed out really technology heavy. All six episodes stories rely on technological devices and their implications on our lives, most interesting I find the idea of technology’s connection to the human consciousness. In episode 1 and 4 we get to follow (spoiler alert!) avatars living in the digital world, displaying all the characteristics of a human, from free will to creative thinking, these avatars definitely have a consciousness. The same can be said in the last episode, episode 6, that plays around with the idea of that someone else’s consciousness can take place inside of another’s body, or even exist outside of a body.
But technology isn’t the only thing I think these episodes have in common, as an undercurrent I can really see the transhumanism idea of beating death. Not all transhumanists seeks immortality, but it sure is present within the movement that aims to use technologies to improve the human body.
Seen as a way to portray immortality episode 1, 4 and 6 makes an eerie suggestion on what eternity could look like; like being an avatar trapped in a computer game, dating app or stuffed teddy bear, like being a prison in your own hologram forced to relieve your own death. Immortality is in a way portrayed as an eternity of boredom and through such a comparison you suddenly see death in a new light.