The fourth season of Black Mirror is only three weeks away.
That’s the news coming out of Netflix this afternoon, after the online giant confirmed that six new episodes – six bleak, technology-driven nightmares – will be available to consume from December 29th. A suitably chilling trailer accompanied today’s media dump (see above), which cuts between each new chapter in Charlie Brooker’s Emmy-winning anthology series.
From the Jodie Foster-directed “Arkangel” to “Metalhead,” the show’s first ever black-and-white episode (see below), Black Mirror season 4 looks set to deliver another dose of unmissable drama. It’s vintage Brooker, too: happiness is fleeting and, supposedly, everything happens for a reason. Other instalments include “Crocodile,” “Hang the DJ,” “Black Museum,” and the Star Trek-inspired “USS Callister,” which stars Jesse Plemons and Jimmi Simpson of Fargo and Westworld, respectively.
At the top, Jodie Foster’s “Arkangel” looks to examine the repercussions of overprotective parenting – because even in a dystopian future, wrapping one’s child in cotton wool is never a good thing – while “Metalhead” sees Maxine Peake on the run from a giant, mechanized canine that looks as though it’s escaped from the bowels of Boston Robotics. David Slade (Breaking Bad, American Gods) directs that one.
Elsewhere, “Black Museum” is exactly that – a museum of nightmares and strange, twisting devices. And last but not least, “Crocodile” explores a future in which memory is subjective, while “Hang the DJ” essentially revolves around Tinder’s evil twin – not only does the dating app select your significant other, it also decides when your relationship ends. Yikes.
Featuring a familiar mix of prescient satire and technology-gone-wrong, Black Mirror season 4 is expected to boot online on December 29th – just in time for the most joyous and memorable season of the year. Wait a second…