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Black Mirror 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. 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.Foster takes full advantage of each scene and makes use of every little detail, making this episode one of the most gut wrenching, heartthrobbing episodes in the series. “Archangel” takes us to a scarily plausible future where parents can insert a microchip in their child’s brain. In effect, allowing them to track their childrenwith GPS, 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” taking this episode even closer to our 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 and friends at school. Once he’s home, we go overthe 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) Scary right? 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? Brooker decides to disregard the possibility of this tech being hacked, such as inseason three’s episode, “Shut Up and Dance”, where a teenage boy was essentiallytaken hostage though his internet use, 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. The episode is enhanced by Foster’s uniqueperspective as a mother of two, and explores the complicated virtues of a mother daughter relationship. As Sara, the daughter of Marie, grows up, she begins to noticethe effects of the “Archangel” device in her head, and the way it differentiates herselffrom her peers. The device begins to convolute Sara’s perception of reality, and in classic Black Mirror style, things take a turn for the worse. Sara asks her mother to turn off the filter that blurs images it deems “dangerous”, and grudgingly, Marie agrees.Years later, things begin to escalate as Sara goes on a suspicious night out with friends, and Marie begins to question the legitimacy of her daughters outings. Worried about the safety of her daughter, and in a massive invasion of her child’s privacy, Marie digs up the dusty “Arkangel” device from her garage. The tablet flickers on, and Marie is traumatized by the scene of her daughter losing her virginity. Black Mirrors “Archangel” like so many other episodes, leaves its audience shocked, and hyper aware of the possible ramifications of future technological advances. A compelling story of powerful tech in in-experienced hands, “Arkangel” explores the delicate pedestal on which technology balances.One must ask themselves: At what point does technology go from being helpful to harmful? It may be too early to tell, but you might want to sit downfor the rest of season four, because Black Mirror is a little closer to reality than one might think.