The fourth season of Channel 4/Netflix’s award-winning ‘Black Mirror’ is on its way, although the streaming service hasn’t given a specific release date. What they have offered is a trailer which lists the titles of the six new episodes with quick glimpses at some of what you can expect from each. Brooker wrote all six episodes himself, with the exception of ‘USS Callister’ for which he re-teams with William Bridges, with whom he penned the Season Three episode “Shut Up and Dance.”
Though we don’t know what the new episodes are about, these are the titles, directors, and stars:
- Arkangel – Directed by Jodie Foster (‘House of Cards’, ‘Orange is the New Black’), starring Rosemarie Dewitt, Brenna Harding, and Owen Teague.
- USS Callister – Directed by Toby Haynes (‘Doctor Who’, ‘Sherlock’), starring Jesse Plemons (‘Fargo’), Cristin Milioti, Jimmi Simpson and Michaela Coel.
- Crocodile – Directed by John Hillcoat (‘Triple 9’, ‘The Road’), starring Andrea Riseborough, Andrew Gower, and Kiran Sonia Sawar.
- Hang the DJ – Directed by Tim Van Patten (‘The Sopranos’, ‘Boardwalk Empire’), starring Georgina Campbell, Joe Cole, and George Blagden.
- Metalhead – Directed by David Slade (‘Hannibal’, ‘American Gods’), starring Maxine Peake, Jake Davies, and Clint Dyer.
- Black Museum – Directed by Colm McCarthy (‘Doctor Who’, ‘Sherlock’, ‘Peaky Blinders’), starring Douglas Hodge, Letitia Wright, and Babs Olusanmokun.
Watch the trailer below:
‘Black Mirror’ is a science fiction anthology series, created by Charlie Brooker, depicting life in a dystopian near-future where technology has become even more prevalent and powerful. Each episode is self-contained, featuring an all new director and cast, however, like ‘American Horror Story’ there are common threads that weave through certain episodes, hinting that these different tales all take place in the same world. Charlie Brooker has written or co-written nearly every episode of the series (the one exception being Season One’s “The Entire History of You,” by Jesse Armstrong).
Among the stars that have appeared on the show are the new 13th ‘Doctor Who’ Jodie Whittaker as well as Hayley Atwell, Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux from ‘Star Wars’), Jon Hamm, Bryce Dallas Howard, Toby Kebbell (Doctor Doom in 2015’s ‘Fantastic Four’, ‘Kong Skull Island’) and Benedict Wong (Wong in ‘Doctor Strange’).
Though there are other anthology shows, like ‘True Crime’, ‘Fargo’, ‘American Horror Story’, ‘American Crime Story’– not to be confused with ‘American Crime’, which is also an anthology– those stories span entire seasons, whereas ‘Black Mirror’ is more along the lines of classic shows like ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘The Outer Limits’. More recently, Showtime aired ‘Masters of Horror’ and if you grew up in the 90s, surely you remember ‘Tales From the Crypt’ and depending on your age, ‘Goosebumps’ and ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ or the 80s ‘Amazing Stories’, which was produced by Steven Spielberg.
Season 4 of ‘Black Mirror’ is “coming soon” per Netflix.