“Black Mirror” Season 4 will launch on Netflix Dec. 29, the streaming service has announced.
Charlie Brooker’s Twilight Zone-esque anthology series, which originated on Britain’s Channel 4, offers different tales of modern horror, told through the lens of technologies or societies gone wrong.
The series, which won 2017 Emmy Awards for television movie and television movie writing (for the Season 3 installment “San Junipero”), returns with six new episodes just in time to be eligible for the winter awards cycle.
The six episodes of “Black Mirror” Season 4 include starring vehicles for talent such as Rosemarie Dewitt, Jesse Plemons and Aldis Hodge, and also boasts an episode directed by Jodie Foster.
As of season 3, Netflix had taken over production, and has exclusive streaming access. Very little information has been released about each episode, though we now have all six episode teasers and a series trailer to dig through. Once again, all the new episodes revolve around some nightmare scenario. As Brooker himself put it at a preview event in October, that dynamic has ensured his fans are constantly feeding him story seeds: “I’m immediately alerted to any horrible development in the world. People email me and tweet me about it, saying ‘This is very Black Mirror!’ Oh, thank you so much!”
Here’s the full-season trailer, which combines footage from all six new episodes into a definitive statement about Black Mirror itself: happiness is fleeting, the world is scary, but everything happens for a reason. The reasons are usually just creepy ones that say a lot about humanity’s inherent failings.
Since they are standalone stories, they can be watched in any order, although “Black Museum” is sprinkled with details that mean more if you have already seen the other stories.
Earlier this year creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones told Variety the fourth season of the anthology format would embrace even more genres but that the theme of how changing technology influences and affects human behavior would still be at the core.