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Black Mirror showrunners tease ‘new genres’ for Season 5, reveal Toy Story connection in Season 4

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Aug 3, 2018

It's hard to imagine how Season 5 of Black Mirror will top that awesome "USS Callister" episode, but showrunners Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones are gonna try their hardest. 

"We're experimenting with new genres," Jones said during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "I have to say, we've picture-
locked the first one, and it's good. It's really good. [Next season] will be new and different."

"We try to do things that are 
markedly different 
from what we've 
done before, so I 
think hopefully we've got that," added Brooker, who also created the series.

Obviously, we all want a "Callister" sequel, but no plans are currently in place for one. Even so, Jones acknowledged that it's the one episode of Black Mirror whose ending definitely could lead to a sequel.

"The ending scene almost plays like it's taunting you [for a sequel] because they end up in a universe of infinite possibilities, and there's a lot of question marks we've left hanging," Brooker continued.

He also explained how the now-famous science fiction episode was meant as a more mature version of Toy Story that would explore toxic masculinity. 

"The Toy 
Story element was partly born out of an idea that you'd have a scenario in which someone has got absolute power in a virtual realm, and as soon as they leave the room, everyone has to sort of exhale, like when Andy leaves the room in Toy Story and they have to behave a different way than when he's around. 
You look at the episode and it's about toxic fandom, workplace attitudes, toxic masculinity — that was all 
a logical consequence of the scenario we were thinking of," Brooker said. 

Jones joked they had to stop referring to "USS Callister" as "Adult Toy Story" because Netflix thought they wanted to make a porno. Gives a whole new meaning to the name "Woody" and his catchphrase of "There's a snake in my boot," doesn't it?


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