5 Times 'Black Mirror' Reflected Reality

The spookiest show in the game.

If you’re looking for a show to confirm your long-held belief that technology is going to murder everybody, Netflix’s Black Mirror is definitely for you. From scary robot dogs to a global social media obsession, Black Mirror has been creating an eerie, all-tooo-real look into our society in a barely different alternate universe. Or,, at least, that was the idea. Some of the episodes don’t even have the decency to be fiction.

Black Mirror is at its absolute pants-shitting scariest when it’s merely a reflection of exactly what is happening in the world today. You may be aware of the groundbreaking prime minister pig episode, but it’s hard to see something like that truly happening with British Prime Minister Theresa May or President President Donald Trump. Episodes like the robotic dog, social media caste systems, and A.I. companies, however, are actual things that exist today. The ability to leave your house or apartment right now and experience it makes what was supposed to be a spooky episode of television a little too believable.

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If you ask the world’s smartest person candidate Elon Musk, he’d probably agree that Black Mirror is the only show that paints A.I. in a properly scary light. Musk has long been a supporter of A.I. regulation and management, and it only takes about three minutes of any tech-focused Black Mirror episode to wonder if they might be onto something. Seriously though, enjoy the show. It might be the last interesting thing in existence after the robots take over.

Finally, there’s some legitimately good news about production on Rick and Morty Season 4. Animation has officially begun, though that also means the release date probably won’t arrive for half a year or more.

Rick and Morty’s animation supervisor Eric Bofa Nfon tweeted last Friday about a “Casual meeting,” saying in the tweet that it was his “First week back!” Nfon included the hashtag “#RaM4,” clearly referencing Rick and Morty Season 4. There’s also an Emmy award sitting on the table, no doubt because the show won an Emmy for Season 3’s “Pickle Rick” last year.

One of Spider-Man’s lesser-known enemies is hitting the big screen, which is actually kind of a problem. In Spider-Man: Far From Home, we’ll again see Tom Holland as the hero, forced to team up with Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio, who audiences got their first glimpse of in a trailer released on Tuesday. Because of Mysterio’s mastery over illusions, potentially anything in the trailer could be called into question. Even returning characters like Nick Fury.

Spider-Man has a big fan in Flash Thompson. Unfortunately, Flash also makes Peter Parker’s life a living hell, and the trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home really delivers on this dichotomy with a great gag that pays homage to the Flash Thompson from the Spider-Man comics.

On Tuesday, Marvel film star Tom Holland premiered the trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, in which Peter Parker embarks on a vacation to Europe but is recruited by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) for a very special mission.

Video game developer Epic Games structures seasonal gameplay for Fortnite: Battle Royale around the actual seasons of the year. Winter has already come, but before long Season 8 will cue spring.

Each season has around 10 official weeks of challenges with at least an extra week at the end. These many challenges offer players a chance to earn rewards throughout the season, and they carry over their rewards when the whole process restarts each season.

You’re driving alone down a dirt road, and you’re falling asleep at the wheel. Suddenly, a burst of light streaks across the sky — there’s a floating, flat shape in the air right in front of your truck, and though it soared quickly into view, it seems to have stopped completely. A beam of light shoots out from underneath the craft, and a little man with huge eyes, an enormous head, and a tiny body appears in the middle of the road. He doesn’t want to hurt you; he just wants to stick a probe in your nasal cavity.