With holiday cheer settling in and end of year festivities nearly upon us, it might feel odd to be looking forward to the often bleak and sometimes horrifying offerings of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, but I can assure you around Oohlo parts, that’s exactly what we’re doing. The series is a highlight every year, and after the high bar set by Series 3, even just the listing of people involved had us practically panting for the next round …
Now we’ve got all the trailers and holy WOW. My finger’s already on the binge button. Have a look at the six upcoming Series 4 episodes, expected to drop on Netflix before the Times Square glitter ball (aka by year end, 2017).
1. “Black Museum”: “If it did something bad, chances are it’s in here.”
Written by Charlie Brooker; Directed by Colm McCarthy; starring Douglas Hodge, Letitia Wright, Babs Olusanmokun.
This one is of particular interest to me, since when I was with the military police in Germany, we attended a real Black Museum that was just as is described here – weapons and artifacts from some of the country’s worst crimes. I’ll never forget the officer who walked our group through and told us to lean against the wall if we felt faint or sick and yes, I did.
2. “Arkangel”: “After fearing the worst when her daughter suddenly disappears and is returned safely, a desperate mother is willing to try anything to prevent it from happening again.”
Written by Charlie Brooker; Directed by Jodie Foster; starring Rosemarie Dewitt, Brenna Harding, Owen Teague.
As a parent, I’ve contemplated chipping my kids, but something about it just doesn’t seem right. Looks like I’m about to find out my concerns were well founded.
3. “Crocodile”: “Picture what you saw.”
Written by Charlie Brooker; Directed by John Hilcoat; starring Andrea Riseborough, Andrew Gower, Kiran Sonia Sawar.
Memory and the ability to manipulate it are a particular fascination (read: fear) of mine, so there’s something especially terrifying about this one.
4. “Hang the DJ”: “Find your perfect match.”
Written by Charlie Brooker; Directed by Timothy Van Patton; starring Georgina Campbell, Joe Cole, George Blagden.
Somehow, I don’t think this will be as fun as “San Junipero”, but new world order dating and relationships are always curious fun … I hope?
5. “U.S.S. Callister”: “Join Captain Daly and his trusty crew as they explore the galaxy and the dangers of unknown alien planets.”
Written by Charlie Brooker and William Bridges; Directed by Toby Haynes; starring Jesse Plemons, Cristin Milioti, Jimmi Simpson), Michaela Coel,
A twisted take on Star Trek with Jesse Plemons as Kirk (slash Trump?)? Yes, please.
6. “Metalhead”: “Beware of dogs. Following a woman whose companions are mauled by a mysterious ‘dog’ at a warehouse, “Metalhead” is a chase story set against the empty post-apocalyptic landscape of the Scottish moors.”
Written by Charlie Brooker; Directed by David Slade; starring Maxine Peake, Jake Davies, Clint Dyer.
Speaking of dating, sounds like someone has … um, an overly protective robotic dog? I’m guessing things don’t turn out well.
We’ll update with airdates on Netflix as they become available.
Update December 7th: Final Teaser and release date announcement — all episodes will be available on Netflix December 29th.