[Trailers] BLACK MIRROR Teases a Sinister Season 4

Over the past three days, Netflix has released four teaser trailers for Black Mirror. Fans of the sci-fi/horror anthology series have been clamoring for new episodes since late last year. It seems the countdown to our next nihilistic glimpse of the future has begun.

Three of the teasers are for individual episodes. One offers a peek at the bigger picture, titling and teasing all six episodes of the new season. They are: “Crocodile,” “Arkangel,” “Hang the DJ,” “USS Callister,” “Metalhead,” and “Black Museum.” Details about the episodes themselves are scant. However, extrapolating from the list of directors offers clues.

   

As in the past, show creator Charlie Brooker wrote the brunt of the episodes. He did turn over the typewriter on “USS Callister,” written by William Bridges. This may have had something to do with rumors that this season won’t be as bleak as seasons past. Brooker told The Telegraph early this year that at least one of the episodes will delve into comedy.

I do think that at the moment, as we’re doing new episodes, there’s a limit to how much constant nihilistic bleakness I can take.

Don’t say things like that, Brooker. We’re relying on you to get us through the holidays.

“USS Callister” is directed by Toby Haynes, who directed five episodes of Doctor Who. With the interstellar Star-Trek-pastiche feel from the trailer, here’s hoping the laughs are more Doctor Who and less Galaxy Quest.

There are other strong directors in the lineup. “Metalhead” director David Slade earned his horror bona fides with 30 Days of Night and that brutal cringe, Hard Candy (2005). (He also directed Twilight: Eclipse, but hey. Guy’s gotta eat.) Tim Van Patten (“Hang the DJ”) is a TV directing giant: The Wire, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire. Prepare for violence.

John Hillcoat (“Crocodile”) directed Lawless and The Road. The teaser for his episode dropped yesterday.

The big name director this season, as reported by Variety, back in 2016, is Jodie Foster. The teaser for her episode, “Arkangel,” was the first to be released. While best known for her acting (Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver), Foster has earned her directorial stripes with bits of oddball genius like 2011’s The Beaver. No stranger to television, she’s also directed episodes of Orange is the New Black and House of Cards.

Ah, Brooker. Back up to his old games. Needles in the heads of children. Anguish by the bucket. Good times ahead, Black Mirror fans. With any luck, we can binge on Christmas Morning.

No release date has been set. The Independent speculates that the new season of Black Mirror will drop before the New Year.

Breaking: “Black Museum” Teaser

The teaser for “Black Museum,” the feature-length season finale, dropped this morning. Written by Charlie Brooker, it looks like the season is wrapping with a sinister bang. That chair of horrors. A Clockwork Orange, anyone?

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