Black Mirror is going where no near-future dystopia has gone before in the new trailer for its Season 4 episode “USS Callister.” The Star Trek-flavored episode — replete with skintight primary-colored jumpsuits and stilted, smarmy line delivery — follows the crew of the ‘70s-style spaceship.
A triumphant brass score celebrates the charming, smug captain (Jesse Plemons, hair perfectly coifed) as he welcomes a new lieutenant (Cristin Milioti) onboard for their adventures. Milioti seems to be the protagonist for the episode as well as the audience’s surrogate, at least going by how she breaks from the Galaxy Quest-like performance of its “hero vs. villain” set-up with a whispered (and quickly shushed) “Jesus,” which you can watch below.
According to Variety, while the stylization is pure ‘70s Star Trek: The Original Series, “the story is actually set in a near-futuristic world from our own.” That means the crew (composed of recent TV breakouts like Jimmi Simpson and Michaela Coel) is putting on a show evoking the feel of decades long past.
They also seem to have a problem with some glowing threat that takes over Milioti’s hands and generally threatens everyone’s fun space romp. Seeing as the most overtly sci-fi episode teased of the season is partially written by Black Mirror head Charlie Brooker, viewers would be remiss to ignore any hints of a dark turn.
The episode will be 74 minutes of pure Gene Roddenberry riffing and, though it already screened for a certain lucky few at PaleyFest New York, “USS Callister” promises great effects, high production values, and a takedown of over-confident abusers of power (likely played by Plemons’ mugging leader).
Between Seth MacFarlane's The Orville, Star Trek: Discovery and now "USS Callister," the old school Trek-style has never been more popular.