Netflix's Black Mirror boasts some impressive directing talents for its fourth season, set to drop on the streaming service sometime in late 2017 or early next year. Along with Game of Throne's Tim Van Patten and Hannibal's David Slade, the new season also nabbed Jodie Foster for its second episode, "Arkangel." The eerie 56-second teaser for the episode (below), starring Rosemarie DeWitt (La La Land), made its way online with the promise of the same unsettling view of technology the show is known for.
DeWitt plays the loving mother of young Sara. She goes missing one day at the playground, scaring DeWitt and prompting her to place her child into some sort of experimental program, which will ensure Sara is never out of her sights again after they stick some sort of needle into her temple inside a lab that looks just a little too sterile. However, the program (we assume "Arkangel" is its name) seems like it will have some adverse effects on Sara, with dogs barking at her and the actress playing her giving off a creepy vibe, on par with that of Heather O'Rourke in Poltergeist.
"The key to good parenting is control," says the teaser, although what that control will look like is yet to be seen. Black Mirror producer Annabel Jones shed some light on this when speaking to The Independent, saying that the episode "faces that perennial question of how to look after a child in an increasingly technical world; it taps into helicopter parenting ... [It] asks, how do you be a responsible mother in a world in which you can be all-powerful and omnipresent? How do you exercise responsibility? How do you ensure you give your child independence in a world in which you can have a lot of control?"
"I'm 2,000 years old, and I remember when we used to open up the door and just let the kids be," states a silver-haired man at the beginning of the teaser who could be Sara's grandfather. His words add to the mystery. Is he joking, or does this take place in a future where science can extend life for centuries? We'll have to wait for a definite answer until Season 4 is available, but Jones offered up one concrete piece of information about the episode.
"'Arkangel' is a very human story," she said in the above-mentioned interview. "It was a really harmonious production, and watching [director] Jodie Foster with the young actors was just a joy to behold."