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When it comes to thought-provoking television shows, there are few that nail the formula quite like Black Mirror. The Netflix series' fourth season recently premiered, and it looks like that tradition is still going strong. One episode that has drawn particular attention is Jodie Foster's "Arkangel," which examines the ethical implications of a mother using technology to keep track of her child. During a roundtable discussion at a Netflix press event to talk about her work on Black Mirror, Foster revealed that she was drawn to Black Mirror because of the way "Arkangel" approached feminism and humanity instead of merely condemning technology itself, saying this:
As pointed out by Jodie Foster, Black Mirror doesn't really come down hard one way or the other in its examination of technology. Instead, "Arkangel" uses an ethical discussion about technology and its uses in parenting to make a broader point about the pressures of motherhood and the need for control in a world that arguably hasn't been kind towards women. It's not that the mother using the technology to monitor her child has worrisome implications; it's that society pushed the mother to the point at which she felt the need to use the technology.
From there, Jodie Foster explained how "Arkangel" required her to examine the dark side of parenting and human nature, and that she connected with the material because she had felt it at various times during her own experience as a mother. Foster continued:
This revelation certainly seems to line up with other recent remarks made about "Arkangel." More specifically, Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker recently spoke out about the episode, and what Jodie Foster brought to it, and admitted that she was willing to engage with the material and add her unique point of view as an artist and as a woman. Given Foster's comments about Black Mirror at the press day and her experience as female heroes in projects like The Brave One, The Accused, and Panic Room, that seems to make sense.
The fourth season of Black Mirror is now available to stream on Netflix. Beyond the tech-based thriller series, you can also check out our midseason premiere guide to see what other shows are set to debut soon and listen to our latest episode of The Cord Cutter Podcast to hear our thoughts on the latest and greatest streaming content.