Over the last two years, a number of the techno-dystopian narratives from the Charlie Brooker-made sci-fi thriller Black Mirror have borne an eery likeness to modern life – from fucking pigs to emojis.
And this weekend, in a continuation of its success (as a show and a prophet), the Netflix drama won the 2017 Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie for its season three episode "San Junipero."
The virtual reality love story, starring Mackenzie Davis and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, received international praise upon its release for ditching tropes of bi-and-lesbian women on television.
The career of Charlie Brooker: Guardian columnist, to BBC Four host, to C4 drama writer, then Netflix, now double Emmy winner. Remarkable.— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) September 18, 2017
In his acceptance speech, Brooker said: "I’ve heard 2017 described as being trapped in one long unending Black Mirror episode. But I like to think if I had written it, it wouldn't be quite so on the nose with all the Nazis and hate."
He described the Owen Harris-directed episode as a tale "all about love" before insisting that "love will defeat hate... it might just need a bit of help."
"So maybe if all the beautiful people in this auditorium could physically make love with each other – or yourselves – on the count of three, this world would be a far better place."
Brooker, who wrote almost all 13 episodes of the show, also took home the Emmy for Best Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama. He once said they all depict a reality that we "might be living in 10 minutes' time if we're clumsy."
Earlier this year, Netflix released a trailer teasing six new stories from the Black Mirror anthology, which is said to be coming soon. Watch the trailer below.