“Black Mirror” can be called a number of things—intelligent, well-crafted, beautifully acted, and gripping, just to name several descriptors. But one thing that the bulk of “Black Mirror” can’t be called is uplifting. And that’s something that creator Charlie Brooker is painfully aware of, and it’s the driving force behind his reluctance to write more episodes of the sci-fi anthology series.
Brooker was recently interviewed with Radio Times, and as you might expect, the conversation eventually turned to “Black Mirror” and the future of the Netflix series. When asked about the possibility of a new season of “Black Mirror,” Brooker replied, “I’ve been busy, doing things. I don’t know what I can say about what I’m doing and not doing.”
“At the moment, I don’t know what stomach there would be for stories about societies falling apart, so I’m not working away on one of those,” he added. “I’m sort of keen to revisit my comic skill set, so I’ve been writing scripts aimed at making myself laugh.”
While there are a couple of uplifting, dare I say, happy episodes of “Black Mirror,” most of the stories presented in the anthology are about the devolution of our society thanks to some new technology. And though it’s a series that is Emmy-winning and one of the most popular on Netflix, there is a large number of folks that find the show to be a bit too dour, even when the world isn’t swirling around the toilet bowl like now.
Pandemics, murder hornets, and aliens have all been added to the list of societal woes that have already existed as we entered 2020. Brooker is probably right that viewers are in the mood for something a bit more cheerful than watching how our society could plunge even further into distress. So, it would appear that Season 6 is not coming anytime soon, and that’s probably a good thing.