Mirror, mirror on the wall … we see a fourth season for Netflix’s freaky sci-fi horror anthology series Black Mirror, which encompasses a separate story designed to mess with your head in each episode. It brings to life scenes that expose the “collective unease of the modern world”—everything from technology that could slowly transform us into cyborgs to the Asimov-esque idea of immortality achieved through uploading the human conscience.
Netflix has just revealed this season’s eerily cryptic episode titles. The episodes, all written by Charlie Brooker, may not appear in the order they were listed, but the tantalizing glimpses into them only make you want to get sucked in.
Arkangel, starring Rosemarie Dewitt, Brenna Harding, and Owen Teague, not to mention directed by Jodie Foster, involves some sort of instrument that could do anything from scan your brain to inject it with information to suck your memories right out. At least a flash of it is suggestive of any of those things. Cue evil laughter and bloodstains.
Black Museum, starring Douglas Hodge, Letitia Wright, and Babs Olusanmokun and directed by Colm McCarthy, looks like that kind of perfectly sunny day that can’t possibly stay perfect for long, and darkness sets in when something with way too many electrical nodes ends up on a museum visitor’s head.
Crocodile, starring Andrea Riseborough, Andrew Gower, and Kiran Sonia Sawar and directed by John Hillcoat, has something to do with looking into a computer screen and seeing your own face, except that plastic smile is hiding something in its pixels. Something to make you obsessively keep checking what’s outside the window.
Hang the DJ, starring Georgina Campbell, Joe Cole, and George Blagden and directed by Tim Van Patten, sounds like a dance party gone horribly wrong but actually starts out on a date (which probably does go horribly wrong) and ends in a blackout. Maybe it has something to do with a mysterious gadget that doesn’t belong on a date anyway?
Metalhead, starring Maxine Peake, Jake Davies, and Clint Dyer and directed by David Slade, starts with a scream for all the right reasons, since that is an enormous robotic spider-thing crawling around over there. It’s enough to make someone desperate enough to break through a garage door.
USS Callister, starring Jesse Plemons, Cristin Miloti, Jimmi Simpson, and Michaela Coel, takes off in a spaceship that may or may not double as a torture chamber with blinding golden light reminiscent of the Bad Wolf scene from Doctor Who. Except the light seems to be emanating from somebody’s hands instead of a time vortex—though the ship itself might be headed for a vortex.
Fear the future even more with this trailer: