Netflix's popular series Black Mirror is coming back for its 4th Season and a new trailer has been released as well as the titles for all 6 episodes. Each season has been an anthology series and Season 4 will continue in the tradition of exploring the theme of "collective unease with the modern world." Each standalone episode depicts the various ways that advanced technology can transform lives in a very Twilight Zone-type of fashion, which has had fans discussing every detail of some of the more better known episodes. Thankfully, fans of the hit series won't have to wait too much longer to stream 6 brand new tales of technological woe.
While no release date has been officially announced, Netflix has released a teaser trailer to keep us busy while we wait for the new season. Well, actually, it doesn't really keep us busy as much as just wanting to see the new episodes. The brief clip comes to us courtesy of Netflix's official YouTube and it shows the title of the 6 episodes with a really quick glimpse into the episode without giving us very much to go off of at all. But it does what a good teaser should do and it leaves us wanting more and quickly.
The six episodes that comprise Season 4 include: "Arkangel" starring Rosemarie Dewitt (La La Land, Mad Men), Brenna Harding (A Place to Call Home), Owen Teague (Bloodline), and directed by Jodie Foster (Orange is the New Black), "USS Callister" starring Jesse Plemons (Black Mass, Fargo), Cristin Milioti (The Wolf of Wall Street, Fargo), Jimmi Simpson (Westworld, House of Cards), Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum, Monsters: Dark Continent), and directed by Toby Haynes (Dr Who, Sherlock), "Crocodile" starring Andrea Riseborough (Birdman, Bloodline), Andrew Gower (Outlander), Kiran Sonia Sawar (Murdered By My Father) , and directed by John Hillcoat (Triple Nine, Lawless), "Hang the DJ" starring Georgina Campbell (Flowers, Broadchurch), Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders, Green Room), George Blagden (Versailles, Vikings), and directed by Tim Van Patten (The Sopranos, Game of Thrones), "Metalhead" starring Maxine Peake (The Theory Of Everything, The Village), Jake Davies (The Missing, A Brilliant Young Mind), Clint Dyer (Hope Springs), and directed by David Slade (Hannibal, American Gods), and "Black Museum" starring Douglas Hodge (The Night Manager, Catastrophe), Letitia Wright (Humans, Ready Player One), Babs Olusanmokun (Roots, The Defenders), and directed by Colm McCarthy (Peaky Blinders).
It has been assumed that we would get to see Season 4 of Black Mirror in 2017, but that is beginning to look unlikely as the year draws to a close. It can still pop up, but an early 2018 release seems like a safer bet at this time. This is pure speculation at this point as Netflix can drop the series at any point, but does not follow their recent release and promotional strategies. An official synopsis of the show as a whole reads:
"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. 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."
Episodes in the past have dealt with the obsession with social media rating to techno blackmail as well as the future of war. Fans of Black Mirror enjoy the social commentary while also getting a peak of what the technology can bring to the future. Elon Musk's recent AI warnings fit perfectly into the series and that is actually real-life.
Though the teaser and the titles of all 6 episodes don't tell us much about specific plot points of each standalone episode, they do look awfully intriguing and will no doubt lead to rampant fan speculation. No release date has been officially announced for Black Mirror Season 4, but expect an announcement real soon. In the meantime, you can check out the teaser trailer below.