If you have been following the entertainment news for the last month, you will have noticed that Netflix was releasing, on almost a weekly schedule, trailers for each individual episode of Season 4 of Black Mirror–and doing so without a hint of when the season would drop.
For those of you who may not have seen these trailers, allow me to catch you up:
Crocodile, directed by The Road‘s John Hillcoat. As with the Season 2 episode, The Entire History of You, this episode also deals with memories, but the emphasis here seems to be what happens when those memories change–
Next is Arkangel, the episode directly by Jodie Foster. It’s about child care and protection in the Black Mirror universe, which means–you guessed it–it’s likely somewhat fucked up.
Then there’s Hang the DJ, which deals with an advanced dating app that–well, you know what it’ll do. It’ll bring misery. Because this is Black Mirror. This episode is directed by Tim Van Patten, of Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones fame.
The episode I find most interesting is USS Callister, which stars Cristin Milioti and Jesse Plemons. While it is obviously a Star Trek spoof, I also believe this episode takes place inside a virtual reality, much like the one encountered in the Season 3 episode, San Junipero. The episode is directed by Toby Haynes, who directed the Hugo Award winning episodes of Doctor Who, The Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang, the Sherlock episode, The Reichenbach Fall, and all seven episodes of the series Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.
Next is Metalhead, which is the first all black and white episode for Black Mirror. Think bad robotic dogs and take it from there. This episode is directed by David Slade, best known for his work on Hannibal and American Gods.
And finally we come to the last episode, Black Museum, which involve items that were involved in doing “bad, sick things”. Given how shitty the Black Mirror universe can become, get ready to see some fucked up shit. This episode is directed by Colm McCarthy, who directed The Girl with All the Gifts.
Where does all this lead? To the last trailer, which brings all the episodes of Black Mirror together and FINALLY gives us a release date for the series…
…and that date is 29 December, 2017. Just in time to do some New Year’s Eve binging and realize that somewhere in another universe, people have it way shittier than you.
Well, I know how I’ll be ending this year. See you in the recaps!