Death to 2020 is a 2020 mockumentary by Black Mirror creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones under their Broke and Bones production company as a Netflix original production. The special features a series of fictional characters discussing U.S. and U.K. events of 2020 including the COVID-19 pandemic and U.S. presidential election. It was released on Netflix on 27 December 2020. The mockumentary received mostly negative critical reception.
The mockumentary stars Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Grant, Lisa Kudrow, Leslie Jones, Joe Keery, Kumail Nanjiani, and many more. Laurence Fishburne also narrated the mockumentary.
In the Netflix mockumentary, characters discuss events of 2020 with a mixture of true information and satire. The overarching topic is the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in the U.S. and U.K. The 2020 United States presidential election is also heavily featured. Events in the early part of the year include the latter part of the 2019–20 Australian bushfire season, Greta Thunberg’s environmental speeches at the World Economic Forum, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan stepping down from the British royal family and the 2020 Oscars. The May 2020 killing of George Floyd and subsequent U.S. protests are summarised, with commentary on the Donald Trump photo op at St. John’s Church and protesters removing the statue of Edward Colston in Bristol, U.K.
On the topic of coronavirus, characters comment on the 2020 royal addresses to the nation in the U.K., two national lockdowns in England, online circulation of false information, vaccine trials and the first uses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine tozinameran outside of a clinical trial. With regards to the U.S. election, topics under discussion include acquittal of the impeached Donald Trump, Democratic primaries between Bernie Sanders and the successful Joe Biden, presidential debates between Biden and Trump, The New York Times’ reports on Trump’s tax returns and Biden’s choice of Kamala Harris as running mate. After Biden won the election, Trump attempted to overturn results with a series of false claims and unsuccessful lawsuits.
The mockumentary closes with characters delivering lines that jokingly predict events of 2021.
‘Death to 2020’ is currently going crazy right now on social media because Samuel L. Jackson spoke on the coronavirus and police.
Samuel L. Jackson: “In some ways I prefer the coronavirus to the police; and don’t get me wrong, I f*cking hate the virus but at least, it doesn’t pretend it’s here to help; it doesn’t drive around the neighborhood with ‘protect and serve’ painted on its side before it kills you.”
What are your thoughts?