Our cup runneth over. Our bleak and cynical cornucopia brimmeth (or something) with new Black Mirror trailers. We may not have a release date yet, but at the pace Netflix is dropping them…
We probably don’t have long to wait.
Besides, why rush things? Speculation is half the fun.
There’s certainly been some speculation about this newest crop. Earlier this year, creator and show runner Charlie Brooker commented that some of the episodes in Season 4 will be lighter in tone. At least one will delve into comedy.
Ladies and Gentlemen: “Hang the DJ.”
It was only a matter of time before Brooker turned his bitter eye on Tinder…er, “dating apps.” Director Timothy Van Patten (Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire) seems, at first, an odd choice, given Brooker’s statement to Deadline earlier today:
Hang The DJ is the closest thing we’ll get to a rom-com, there’s lot of wry observations about dating.
Look a little further down Van Patten’s IMDB: Sex and the City. We’re in good hands.
“Metalhead” seems a bit of a change in tone.
Described by Brooker as a “brutal” episode, is also the shortest Black Mirror episode ever, at 38 minutes. Directed by David Slade (Hannibal), “Metalhead” looks to be a stark, stripped-down chase story. A woman runs for her life from a robotic “dog.” She seems to be part of a resistance or underground. The dog seems cynically military. Smart money’s on a violent, uncompromising commentary on the automation of war. You heard it here, first.
“USS Callister” lightens things back up.
Director Toby Haynes, best known for directing five episodes of Doctor Who (the Matt Smith one), seems a good choice. The trailer feels very Who-vian, but there’s an undeniable underpinning of dread through the episode.
Netflix acquired Black Mirror in 2015 after outbidding British Channel 4, which aired the first two seasons. Since the acquisition, the sci-fi/horror anthology series has gained international popularity, particularly in North America. The series has long been lauded by fans for the quality of its writing, and for Brooker’s willingness to take risks.
Vindication came in 2016, when the Season 3 episode “San Junipero” won two Primetime Emmys for “Outstanding Television Movie” and “Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special.”
**Update: We have a release date! The new season of Black Mirror will land December 29th, 2017. **