Get a rare glimpse behind the Black Mirror with all-new Season 4 featurettes. Producer Annabel Jones reveals, "This season has a lot of firsts for Black Mirror!" You can find out why in an all-new, behind-the-scenes look at the fourth season, featuring in-depth interviews from creator, writer and executive producer Charlie Brooker, executive producer Annabel Jones and "Arkangel" director Jodie Foster. In addition, there are six more featurettes, each taking an in-depth look at the episodes that make up the recently-launched Season 4 timeline.
Among the "firsts" for Black Mirror this season is their first "black and white film," with the episode "Metalhead," the first "space episode" with "U.S.S. Callister," the first, "American indie set in working-class East Coast America, directed by Jodie Foster," with the episode Arkangel. The first video also includes a brief interview with Jodie Foster, who reveals that she "really believes in short-form storytelling". Charlie Brooker also adds that, while he has always been adamant that the episodes are all set in different universes, Season 4 is the first time that they acknowledge these episodes are set in the same universe. The video ends with Brooker stating that every episode is complete and different, meaning that you'll get an ending with each one.
The other previews feature series creator Charlie Brooker, cast members and more. One new video explores "Hang the DJ", where Brooker explains how it follows a service that, "is a bit like Spotify, for dates." This service creates a playlist of relationships, and it will tell you who you should be going out with, and for how long. The video features footage from the episode where a young man and woman see that their entire relationship will last for 12 hours. "The Black Museum" featurette shows that this episode is, as Annabel Jones puts it, a collection of three stories in one film that centers on this museum dedicated to "high-tech crimes," which is also the episode that acknowledges all of the other stories in the Black Mirror universe.
In the Arkangel featurette, Charlie Brooker explains how this episode centers on a mother who is concerned for the well-being of her child, while director Jodie Foster reveals that this mother (Rosemarie Dewitt) learns of a new technology and she thinks it will be the perfect thing to help keep her child safe. "Metalhead" follows a woman named Bella (Maxine Peake), and it is about one ordinary woman and her fight for survival, while "Crocodile" follows a woman with a secret, set in a world where memories can be catalogued, while the final episode, "U.S.S. Callister" is the show's first outer space episode, that is clearly influenced by the original Star Trek, which Charlie Brooker reveals is done out of affection.
Black Mirror is an anthology series that taps into our collective unease with the modern world, with each stand-alone episode a sharp, suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia leading to an unforgettable, and sometimes unsettling, conclusion. Without questioning it, technology has transformed all aspects of our lives; in every home; on every desk; in every palm - a plasma screen; a monitor; a Smartphone - a Black Mirror reflecting our 21st Century existence back at us. The series is created and written by Charlie Brooker, and executive produced by Brooker and Annabel Jones. Take a look at all of these new videos below, courtesy of Netflix.