With the series Black Mirror, writer/comedian Charlie Brooker has managed to deliver two seasons of an extremely smart TV-show in which he explores the dangers of the quick development in the world of technology. By taking well-known present day concepts and showing what these could lead to in the future he has managed to let its audience think about what could happen: What are the consequences on technological improvements to our body? What is the power of social networks? Or how far are we willing to go when it comes to giving away our privary? It is the reason it is one of my favorite shows and I couldn’t wait to see the Christmas special. The promo shots, which show John Hamm seemingly talking to an egg, made me curious and the question is whether White Christmas has managed to meet my (extremely high) expectations.
The episode consists of three stories, which are all related to each other. Two men are shown who have worked together for five years and have hardly spoken to each other during that time decide to open up to each other because it is Christmas. They tell stories they have never shared with anybody and they are filled with technology which might seem impossible at the moment, but which you can imagine can become a reality in the near future. These personal stories, involving blocking people, future slavery and how society deals with unwanted persons has been brought to the screen brilliantly.
With that White Christmas more than met my expectations, proving that it is one of the best science fiction shows ever made. The concepts are very convincing and thanks to the great cast it all becomes believable. It is a joy to watch and the result is an episode worth talking about.