News | InFact | Politics | Voice | Indy/Life | Sport | Business | Video | Culture | SubscribeCulture ? TV & Radio ? FeaturesBlack Mirror Review: Season Four Episode Two “Arkangel” ReviewMcGuire Conley Moore | @McGuireMoore | Friday 20th January 2018 12:14 BST |Warning! This Black Mirror Review Contains Spoilers.Season Four Episode Two Netflix’s original series Black Mirror has never ceased to amaze, and the fourth season is no exception.
Black Mirror is often referred to as a modern day “Twilight Zone”, a 1960’s thought provoking Sci- Fi T.V. show set in the not so distant future. Black Mirror created by Charlie Brooker, explores the unforeseen repercussions of future technological advances, and exploits the fears present inmodern day society. Get ready, because episode two of Black Mirror’s gripping new season, “Archangel”, will have you rethinking the way you see tomorrow’s tech.
Charlie Brooker, creator and writer of Black Mirror, brought in Jodie Foster to direct season four’s “Archangel”. Foster is one of the most accomplished directors and also the first woman to ever work on an episode of Black Mirror sofar. Her unique stylistic approach to directing is reflected in “Archangel”.
The story of “Archangel is somewhat calculable, in the sense that each advancing event is fairly easy to anticipate, but Foster takes full advantage of each scene, and makes use of every little detail, making this episode one of the most gut wrenching, heart throbbing episodes in the series. “Archangel” takes us to a scarily plausible future where parents can insert a microchip in their child’s brain, allowing them to track their children viaGPS, apply filters to what their children can see to “protect them” from the outside world, and most alarming of all, see through their children’s eyes.In this shocking invasion of privacy, helicopter parent Marie (Rosemarie Dewitt)takes her child to get the “Archangel” procedure after losing her daughter at the neighborhood park. The “Archangel” procedure, which is done by making a small incision behind her daughters ear, allows Marie to supervise everything her daughter sees through the “Archangel Hud” on her new tablet. The “Archangel” tech is actually based on an existing device, called the “Angelsense” inching this episode ever so closer to reality.
Included is a review from a real life parent who uses the device: “AngelSense has provided me with the ability to locate my son at any time…
Every day I listen-in to hear his interaction with his teachers andfriends at school. Once he’s home, we go over the diary together and I show him the Google map pictures of where he’s been that day; it’s a special time where we talk about his day together.” (AngelSense.com) Scary right? You cannot make thisstuff up.
The use of this new technology on today’s youth, and the consequences of such, introduces two important questions: What effects will this have on a child’s psychological development? and Can this technology be exploited?- In effect,taking what was supposed to be an extra precaution, and instead creating a significant hazard. Brooker decides to disregard the possibility of this tech being hacked, such as inseason three’s episode, “Shut Up and Dance”, where a young boy was essentiallytaken hostage though his internet history, and instead answers the question: What effectswill this have on a child’s psychological development? The story explores the helicopter parenting approach, and the unforeseen consequences of parents violating their child’s privacy.