Never leave it up to Netflix's Black Mirror to make you feel hopeful about the future. The entire concept of the British sci-fi anthology series revolves around the fact that a technological world can have disastrous consequences like the loss of a loved one or even humanity itself. On Friday, the show released a short video to wish everyone a "Happy New Year," but we only mean "happy" in the loosest way possible.
The video, clocking in at just under two minutes, was released to signify that Season 4 of Black Mirror is now streaming on Netflix. Interspersed with news clips from the real world and snippets from the show, the New Year's message is as ironic as the twist in the worlds created by executive producer Charlie Brooker. "What a wonderful year," says the video, lulling us into a false sense of security. "So connected. So progressive."
Then we transition into a frenzy of smash cuts that include tiki-torch-carrying white supremacists, uncanny-valley-inducing robots, Steve Bannon, and Vladimir Putin — all set to ABBA's peaceful "Happy New Year." Honestly, we wouldn't expect anything less from this show.
Season 4 comprises six new episodes that range from space epic to rom-com to noir thriller to indie drama. There's also a punk single and a Treehouse of Horror-type episode that will contain three stories in one, bringing Stephen King to the forefront of your mind.
"We almost approach it like we're doing different genre movies," Brooker told SYFY WIRE at New York Comic Con back in October." "We've got a really weirdly diverse range of tones."