Superb Owl Types: Check in Here for NotAllFootBall

Yeah, me, too — I can’t do football tonight. Once the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers were knocked out of the running, I didn’t have a horse in the race any longer and couldn’t muster the whatev to bother following the limp ball debacle.

Instead of watching the game, I’m going to knock something off my To-Be-Watched List this evening. At the top is television series Black Mirror, Season 1, produced by Channel 4 in the UK. It’s been a while since I watched some speculative/sci-fi television, and I’ve heard a LOT of great things about this series from people whose opinions I respect.

Season 1 is available via YouTube; Seasons 1 and 2 are available to stream now on Netflix.

If you’re not watching the Super Bowl, what are you doing this evening (or very early morning on the other side of the dateline)?

12 replies
  1. Anna Granfors says:

    I *love* Black Mirror…that having been said, its first episode was one of its most controversial, and repulsive. You may want to read the description of the episode on Wikipedia before watching.

    There were a few duff episodes, but even those are better than 99% of US television. And the Xmas special with Jon Hamm, aired just over a month ago, is brilliant.

    Charlie Brooker, the showrunner, is marvelous. He does a show called “Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe” (as in the wiping of the, well, you know) that’s a brilliant, snarky week-in-review, and it can often be found on YouTube–the new season just started–but it sometimes gets removed once the BBC are aware that it’s been uploaded.

    • Rayne says:

      Thanks for the feedback! I’m going to start streaming as soon as I get this pizza dough finished off for the football-watching family members. I’ll slog through all the episodes no matter what; director/producer friends have offered some feedback I can’t digest without plowing through.

      Have you watched the two seasons so far?

  2. P J Evans says:

    I’m knitting and playing with my computer. (part of the time I’m on the net, and part of it i’m doing partial cleanup on the genealogy file. It’s tedious.)

  3. orionATL says:

    as my brother, with whom i learned to love the packers decades ago, said

    ” i hope both teams lose.”

    me too.

  4. Rayne says:

    Holy crap. How long before life imitates art? The questions running through my head about the risks to cultural creatives as terrorism changes…wow. Awesome work, Brooker and team.

  5. Rayne says:

    Black Mirror S1-E2 was good; theme packed, maybe even overstuffed. Didn’t recognize Rupert Everett, which surprises me. Now queueing E3…

    Really think E2 could have been pared down a bit, or there could have been two parallel stories in that same ep.

    Ep 3: The Entire History of You — is this a spin on Johnny Memnonic? Let’s see…

  6. Rayne says:

    Phew…Episode 3 was rough. Validity of memory, personal autonomy and agency, human relationships and individual interpretations, augmented transhumanship and more, all crammed into one +40 minute show.

    I don’t know why there’s any talk of US version of Black Mirror — this stuff is provocative enough without translation across the pond.

    Don’t think I am ready to start S2. Need to stew on S1’s three episodes for a while.

    • Rayne says:

      I think I need to re-watch all (3) of S1 episodes again before I start S2. They make some really compelling statements about technology’s impact on human individuals and society.

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