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'I'm good with imagining nightmare scenarios'

‘Black Mirror’ creator Charlie Brooker

Im good with imagining nightmare scenarios

New Delhi: 'Black Mirror' creator Charlie Brooker says he is so good with imagining nightmare scenarios that he can come up with a dark story about something as innocuous as chocolate ice-cream if he put his mind to it.

In 'Black Mirror', Brooker has created a cult sci-fi show, which is set in a twisted, high-tech near-future where humanity's greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.

"Have you seen the news?" is how Brooker responds to a question about the show's dark take on technology and human interdependence.

"I think it's largely because we're not in the business of warning people about the future. We're trying to make entertaining stories. And to make an entertaining story, you often need conflict because you need the stakes to be quite high. All of those things encourage me to write nightmare scenarios a lot of time," Brooker said.

The fifth season, with three episodes 'Striking Vipers', 'Smithereens' and 'Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too', began streaming on Netflix from June 5.

Brooker says the show is not without hope despite the dark aspects in most of the episodes.

'Black Mirror', as the name suggests, is about the collective obsession with screens, be it smart phones, computers or television sets.

Technology, Brooker says, plays a crucial role in how things evolve in 'Black Mirror' but it is the humans who mess up everything.PTI

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