Fans of "Black Mirror" are eagerly awaiting the first spinoff show from the Netflix series. However, Netflix recently threw a spanner in the works.
Writer and creator of the Netflix series "Black Mirror," Charlie Brooker told Digital Spy that the franchise's loose format should guarantee it a long, long run. His statement was quickly followed by an announcement from Netflix about the first spin-off from the series.
Netflix revealed that it intended to call the show "Little Black Mirror" however, that has since changed. Instead, the video-on-demand service decided to rebrand the promotional shorts.
Each short comprises of "mini-stories" inspired by the dystopian universe of Brooker and Annabel Jones' series.
The short video series will instead be titled “Stories From Our Future.” The three shorts are aimed at Spanish-speaking audiences.
According to Netflix, the spinoff was inspired by fan tributes to the Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones’ anthology series “Black Mirror.” Netflix paired up with three Youtubers to create the short homages.
Originally, the shorts were meant to be released on YouTube on May 26, June 2 and June 6 on the Netflix América Latina channel. However, those dates were later pushed back.
Netflix decided the original dates were too close to the debut of Season 5 of “Black Mirror,” June 5. Instead, they opted to push back the release to give fans a chance to watch the new season before the spin-off.
On June 10, YouTubers Rudy Mancuso, Lele Pons, and Juanpa Zurita released three videos simultaneously on their YouTube channels. Each video was a short which formed part of the "Stories from Our Future" series.
Each short comprises of "mini-stories" inspired by the dystopian universe of Brooker and Annabel Jones' series. They star Mancuso (who also directed the shorts), Anwar Jibawi, Maia Mitchell, Pons, Hannah Stocking, and Zurita.
“As a ‘Black Mirror’ fan, it was a dream come true to produce this homage to celebrate the show,” said Mancuso. “We approached this project with so much excitement and hope that fellow fans will enjoy watching it as much as we loved making it.”
In Zurita's upload called, "The Healthy Alternative" the short looks into a futuristic product that could alter the reality of its user. The product boasts the ability to increase mental health, stamina and even cure anxiety amongst other things.
At first, the product seems like a miracle. However, it takes a dark turn towards the end of the video that viewers will not expect.
Mancuso's video boasts the "cure for loneliness." It starts with a young man who is all alone doing every day activities by himself. He then stumbles across an ad boasting the cure for his loneliness.
He orders a robot companion to do everything with from the company. Everything appears perfect with the robot becoming more human and even helping him find love but the true message comes much later in the video.
Similarly, Pon's video "Getting to Know You" also holds a secret message in the contents. It is the story of a pair who meet at a bar in virtual reality and hit it off. Each of the three videos contains messages and social commentary on the future much like the "Black Mirror" series they're inspired by.
“Black Mirror” is a British Netflix series features stand-alone dramas that explore techno-paranoia. It is often referred to as the contemporary version of "The Twilight Zone." Each story features its own cast of unique characters,
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