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TV I Love – Black Mirror

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It’s on Netflix, and if you haven’t seen it yet, go! Go now and add it to your queue. Go on, I’ll wait.

Ok. Are you old enough to remember the series The Outer Limits? Or am I dating myself again? Black Mirror is very much like OL, in that each episode is self-contained. No continuity or regular characters, just one shattering episode after another.

Unlike other series on Netflix that I’ve binge-watched (Stranger Things, Daredevil) where I would power through 3, 4, or even 5 episodes in a sitting, I can really only take 2 episodes of Black Mirror. Because they’re that good, and that twisted. I study them because someday I want to be able to write like that.

They’re science fiction, but not in the Star Wars/Trek/Guardians of the Galaxy sense. The fiction part of the science is fully plausible by our current standards, it just hasn’t been done yet.

They’re dystopian, but not in a post-apocalyptic sense. Viewers will see themselves and current society in every episode. You’ll be fascinated and mortified at the same.

They are dark. They take our deepest fears, our worst urges, and petty foibles and push them the very limits.

They are twisted. In the “Wow, I never saw that coming” sense.

They hit you hard, from Episode One. But one episode in particular has stayed with me, and I just can’t quite shake the emotional reaction I had to it. It’s the second episode of the second season, called White Bear.

I won’t spoil it, I want you to watch it and feel all the feels.

Come back once you’ve seen it, and let me know what you think. Because when I got to the end of the episode, I found myself thinking – That looks like a really good, horrific idea. I wonder when that’ll happen?

The storm is coming in and I may be snowed in – guess what I’m going to watch!

 

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Weird Weekend – If Aliens Are Real…

Why don’t they just land on the White House lawn and introduce themselves?

 

Why don’t they let someone get a real picture/video instead of those grainy, jumpy images?

 

I’ve already shared my thoughts on whether or not life exists out there in our galaxy, or even our own solar system.

 

To discuss what might be going on in the head of an intelligent alien being, what might motivate them is something science fiction writers have been doing for decades.  What we are finding as our knowledge base expands is that, more and more often than not, science fiction is becoming science fact.  Want an example?  Just take out your cell phone.  It’s a communicator and minicomputer you can carry in your purse or pocket.  Before my smart phone, my celly had to be the clamshell kind.  Why?  Because flipping that little gizmo open was my own personal Star Trek moment, each and every time.

 

Today, Hub and I were catching up on episodes of The Clone Wars animated series.  In Season 5, Anakin and Obi Wan, with Anakin’s padawan Ahsoka travel to Onderon to aid rebels who are fighting the Separatist controlled government of the system.  The Jedi must keep their assistance hidden from the Separatists so as not to draw the attention of Count Dooku and thus escalate the fighting.  The Jedi are there strictly to train the rebels and stay in the background, not to fight the rebel’s battles for them.

 

 

Why don’t the Jedi simply step up and clean out the Separatists on Onderon?  Anakin, Obi Wan and Ahsoka could have easily wiped up the mess on their own.  Two reasons, first they don’t want the Separatists to know the Jedi council is involved.  But also, the Jedi know the Onderon people must fight their own battles, and win their system back for themselves.  They are willing to provide support and education, but not publicly.

 

So I have to ask the what if question.  What if the reason aliens don’t land and introduce themselves is that they don’t want to have their presence publicly acknowledged?  What do you think?  Could the reasons be benevolent, like the Jedi?  Or, conversely, what if it’s like the movie They Live?

 

What do you think?  Or perhaps the biggest question is, why would they bother to come here at all?

 

I love hearing from you!  Please share your thoughts!