The internet just found out what 'Black Mirror' really means and everyone is losing their minds
As terrible as 2017 may have been, at least it ended on a high with Black Mirror. The dark and disturbing science fiction series has been keeping viewers on the edge of their seats for nearly seven years now, and it's not difficult to see why.
In the most reason season, we saw virtual reality become a little bit too real, the dangers of being a helicopter parent, the downward spiral of a woman trying to keep a terrible secret, a beautiful (if not somewhat tragic) portrayal of relationships, a post-apocalyptic world full of indestructible death dogs, and - my personal favorite episode - the twisted tale of a sociopathic museum-owner.
It goes without saying that this is a show which is designed to be upsetting - but sometimes it can get under your skin for the wrong reasons.
One thing that has bugged many viewers for some time is the meanings behind the episode titles. In the most recent season, for example, there was an episode named "Crocodile"... but no crocodiles appeared in it. And, on a larger scale, the name of the entire show - Black Mirror - remained cryptic to many viewers up until recently.
That was until recently, when someone dug up a 2014 interview with Charlie Brooker.
At the time of the interview, the show was only in its second season and had yet to attain as much of a hype in the US as it already had in the UK. Charlie Brooker was already a rather well-known figure, having had his own TV shows, "Screenwipe", "Newswipe" and "Gameswipe", but was probably still better known for his newspaper columns than Black Mirror.
Perhaps that was why we all missed the explanation of the show's name.
More than being just a catchy title, "Black Mirror" actually has a much deeper meaning. As Brooker revealed, "Any TV, any LCD, any iPhone, any iPad—something like that—if you just stare at it, it looks like a black mirror, and there's something cold and horrifying about that, and it was such a fitting title for the show."
And, for those who didn't know this already, the news was mindblowing:
Really, though, we shouldn't have expected anything less from Brooker. Over the years, the writer has proven that he has a unique and subtle way of getting under people's skin, and he continuously manages to outdo himself with each new episode of Black Mirror.
Seriously, what better metaphor is there for a show about the insidiousness of technology than a title so subtle that it took most of the internet seven years to figure out? I don't mean to go all fangirl here, but it's literally genius.
Now that we know the meaning behind it, we'll never be able to forget it. Every time you hang up a call, every time you turn off your computer monitor, every time you snooze your alarm in the morning, you're going to see it. And it's going to make your life just that tiny bit creepier than it was before.