Black Mirror: Tengaged
3rdJan 12, 2018
Imagine a Utopian society where people from across the world could meet other people based on their similar tastes in reality shows. This society is ran by a hispanic man, Carlos. He created the society and everyone who lives in it. To entertain his simulated players, he offers a variety of games for them to play. The games seemed like a fun idea to Carlos, but he never expected the amount of hatred his players would create. Carlos is confused why people don't appreciate his work and decides to abandon his simulated society, forcing the players to run the society without him.
At first, the players relied on the elder members such as Gagaluv and JustMe to lead them in the right direction. However, they were no match for the revolution that was headed for the society of Tengaged. The constant riots and protests in the streets forced them to crack under the pressure. When Carlos returned, he discovered that his creations had turned on him, so he stripped away all the power the players had, and turned off his computer in hopes the society would be erased.
The simulated society, however, continued to thrive, or so they thought. A strange phenomenon would occur in many of the games that infuriated the players. The simplest game, a "Fasting" ( game meant to test a player's cognitive ability and manipulation skills) was the first to be attacked. The game arenas would fill with clones who do not talk, but work together. They would appear rapidly into games and cause all other normal players to lose immediately. The players were targeted for being different from the clones and not following their command. Somehow, players had found a glitch in the society's programming and were able to create more members out of thin air. Without a leader to discipline them, they created hundreds of clones in attempt to take over. Without Carlos around, his society was under great turmoil while these faceless and voiceless clones were taking over.
These clones, however, were not created to ruin games for the already existing players. They were created with the intention of rigging the election of the society, known as S.T.A.R.S, or Supreme Tycoons And Representatives Selection. 16 players would enter into a public debate where the public would vote one out each day, until they selected their ruler for the week. With all these clones anonymously rigging the elections, the public's voice was not being accurately represented. Almost all hope was lost, players were being tortured by not being able to leave the simulated society, feeling powerless.
However, one shy woman with a foreign accent joined in on the S.T.A.R.S. debate one week with the hopes of uniting the society. Her competitors knew the potential she had and immediately began to target her. Every day she was brutally attacked by her competitors and the clones that were created, but she turned her torturous experience into a public campaign. Every day when she was at risk of elimination, she did everything she could to unite the public against the clones. Footage of the clones appearing to vote surfaced and united the public as if they all knew she was their only hope to solving the chaos in their society. After a week of struggling and fighting, she was able to come off as victorious over the evil clones.
But like all Black Mirror episodes, that isn't the happy ending. After this foreign woman won her week in S.T.A.R.S., the secrets of the society were revealed to her. The amount of clones had increased even more during her week in the game, and once she was out of the public eye, people forgot about her. Fast forward 2 months and she is seated in a dark room, hiding as we see hundreds of clones turning on those who created them and ultimately making the society their own. The only light in the room is from the fire right outside the window, reflecting off her S.T.A.R.S. trophy, revealing a single tear running down her cheek.
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