When Black Mirror moved from the UK's Channel 4 to Netflix in 2015, some were concerned that the the show would lose its edge and opt for a more watered down version. However, the six episodes of Season 3 which aired earlier this year were just as dark and intense as we had hoped, and now finally series creator Charlie Brooker has shared our first look at Season 4.
Season 3 starred Bryce Dallas Howard, but the big name this season is Jodie Foster, who will be directing the episode titled "Archangel." Deadline are reporting that cast members include Jimmi Simpson (#Westworld), Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum), Andrew Gower (Outlander), Maxine Peake (The Theory Of Everything), Babs Olusanmokun (The Defenders) and Rosemarie Dewitt (La La Land).
Check out the Black Mirror Season 4 trailer here:
The trailer shows clips from all six of the upcoming episodes alongside their episode titles, but nothing in the trailer gives much away about what we can expect. That said, the episode titled "USS Callister" looks like we're about to venture onto Brooker's twisted re-imagining of the Starship Enterprise, while "Metalhead" looks like what might have happened if Michel Hazanavicius directed Chappie. "Black Museum" looks like it could be one of the most topical, potentially dealing with race in a similar vein to Get Out.
However we do know a little about the central themes of a couple of the episodes. Speaking at the Edinburgh International TV Festival back in June, Brooker confirmed that they were shooting a "crime thriller" in Iceland (likely "Crocodile") and that Episode 4 would have "relationships at the heart of it," but would not retread the Emmy Award Nominated "San Junipero" from Season 3. He also confirmed that Episode 4 would have an entirely different feel from the previous three seasons, with some"some strikingly different tones and looks:"
"We've got one that's overtly comic, much more overtly comic than anything we've done. It's got fairly mainstream comic elements, but also some really unpleasant stuff that happens. I haven't even seen the rough cut of it yet. Then, Jodie Foster's done one, that's more got the tone of an indie movie, an indie drama. There's a mother and daughter relationship in it."
However, as always, each episode in Black Mirror's anthology will explore the "collective unease in the world" through how we utilize and abuse technology. The dystopian sci-fi does not have a release date yet, but will likely air on #Netflix before the end of the year.
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