Following up with their trailer releases, Netflix has unveiled both their most colorful, and bleakest episode teases yet from Black Mirror‘s upcoming fourth season.
First, set in space, the story of “USS Callister” follows a new crew member (Cristin Milioti) adjusting to life on the ship, led by a bemused captain (Jesse Plemons). The style of the ship and the missions on which the crew embarks throwback to the sci-fi programming of the 1960s and 70s and what those creators imagined the future could be.
The second one, “Metalhead” stars Maxine Peake, Jake Davies, and Clint Dyer. Details about the episode are still under wraps apart from a tagline warning: “Beware of dogs,” and the first teaser trailer sets up some apocalyptic horror that promises a lot more blood than we’re used to on the show.
Here is the trailer for “USS Callister” for your viewing enjoyment:
This episode boasts a cast of television heavy-hitters, including Plemons (Fargo, Breaking Bad), Milioti (How I Met Your Mother), Jimmi Simpson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Westworld) and Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum). The episode has an almost Galaxy Quest-like feel to it, a welcome dose of colorful satire heightened by some intentionally cheesy effects make “USS Callister” one of the more anticipated entries in Black Mirror Season 4, we just know things are going to take a sinister turn though, and frankly, we can’t wait.
“USS Callister” is written by Black Mirror co-creator Charlie Brooker and William Bridges and is directed by Toby Haynes who has helmed several episodes of Doctor Who for the BBC.
In a recent interview with EW, Brooker said;
“I will say there have been questions about how is Black Mirror going to address Trump and Brexit and the way the world is now. I kept saying, ‘Well it isn’t, really.’ We tried not to think about that. But if you look at ‘Callister’ there are some stuff that leaked in from the outside world. There is stuff that has to do with regimes, you could say, that’s not there and also very much there.”
There is also a Star Trek-inspired poster that Netflix released via their official Twitter account:
The other episode we’re looking at today, also written by series creator Charlie Brooker, “Metalhead” is directed by David Slade, who has brought deft and stark brutality to both feature films and TV in shows in the past. Some of his credits include shows Breaking Bad, Hannibal, and American Gods and movies like Hard Candy and 30 Days Of Night.
The series’ first black-and-white episode, sets up a truly terrifying affair involving something to do with dogs. This episode’s cinematography alone conjures up unease and a look we haven’t seen in Black Mirror yet. “I can’t talk for long,” Maxine Peake’s character strains into the walkie-talkie, her voice dripping with fear. “We found a dog at the warehouse.” There is a little of John Carpenter’s The Thing and the recent The Girl With All The Gifts about “Metalhead.”
Check out the trailer for “Metalhead” from Season 4 of Black Mirror below:
“[…] it feels the creative decision was earned by the world we’re portraying,” says the Emmy-winning producer of Black Mirror, Annabel Jones. While Charlie Brooker described “Metalhead” as “deliberately pared down and brutal tale. If you imagine every season like an album, this is like a 2-minute punk single. Each is pretty different from every episode we’ve done before and it’s difficult to explain why until you’ve seen them… Weirdly, the inspiration for this episode was I was trying to set myself a challenge of how pared back can I get. What’s a literally black-and-white story we can tell?”
The trailer release follows on the heels of Jodie Foster’s “Arkangel”, as well as John Hillcoat’s “Crocodile”, and Colm McCarthy’s “Black Museum”, and most recently, the Tim Van Patten helmed episode “Hang The DJ”. Just like those episode trailer releases, Netflix also dropped a fantastic and almost abstract poster to accompany the Black Mirror entry.
Black Mirror season 4 does not yet have a release date but look for that to change in the next couple of days with another full trailer for the new season to cap off Netflix’s “13 Days of Black Mirror”.
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