Netflix has just released the trailer for Black Mirror Season 5, which also reveals the official premiere date for the new episodes. According to the trailer's description, the season will consist of "three new stories about the future we should have seen coming." Also unveiled in the trailer is the season's release date, confirming the episodes will be streaming on Netflix June 5.
As you would expect, it's hard to gleam what exactly will happen in the episodes, but there will clearly be a focus on modern technology. A stacked cast is revealed in the video as well, as we see appearances from stars like Miley Cyrus, Topher Grace, Anthony Mackie, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Ludi Lin, Nicole Beharie, and more. Of course, it's impossible to know at this point how their paths will cross in the season.
Created by Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror is a Twilight Zone-inspired anthology series that delves into the dark side of modern society. It first aired in the UK in late 2011, later airing a second series in 2013. Like the upcoming fifth season, the first two featured three separate episodes. The series then spawned a Christmas special in the winter of 2014, and by this point had started to get the attention from audiences across the world, leading to Netflix acquiring the rights. When the company saw just how many people were binge watching the series on the service, they ordered two new seasons in 2015. They premiered on Netflix in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
Now at its new home on Netflix, Black Mirror became more widely accessible and grew even more popular. The series has been commended for its expertly written stories, even if many of them are downright disturbing. The show has garnered many impressive accolades since its inception as well. Between the Season 3 episode "San Junipero" and the Season 4 episode "USS Callister," the series won six Primetime Emmy Awards, with both winning Outstanding Television Movie. Praise for the show is nearly universal as well, as Black Mirror episodes consistently rank very strong scores on Rotten Tomatoes.
In December of last year, Netflix released Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, the first full-length movie for the franchise. As an interactive movie, Bandersnatch lets viewers make decisions for the protagonist, controlling the story themselves with many alternate story paths and endings. The movie was positively received, albeit slightly less so than regular seasons of the TV series. Fans eager to see some new episodes without the need to control the narrative can now be happy to know they're coming in just a matter of weeks.
Season 5 of Black Mirror will be available to stream in its entirety on Netflix on June 5. While it's unfortunate to see that the season will consist of only three episodes instead of the usual six fans had grown accustomed to on Netflix, it's still amazing to know we're just weeks away from getting new episodes. Hopefully, it will carry over the same level of creative quality seen in previous seasons. You can take a look at the official Season 5 trailer below, courtesy of Netflix on YouTube.