Black Mirror is returning for season four! We don’t know when, but it’s still exciting! What we do have is a first teasing glimpse at one of the episodes, Arkangel, which appears to focus on the potential dangers of futuristic helicopter parenting.
In the trailer, a single mother (Rosemarie DeWitt) panics as she loses track of her young daughter on the playground. Once they are reunited, the concerned mother brings her daughter in for some sort of neural implant procedure (great!) to bring a “sense of security and peace of mind”.
The on-screen text boasts “the key to good parenting is control”. But you have to wonder, who (or, gasp! what) is in control?
Also, what are those creepy drawings? And what do the dogs know? I have questions and no release date to answer them!
Arkangel stars Rosemarie DeWitt (2015’s Poltergeist, The Watch), Owen Teague (2017’s IT), and Brenna Harding (A Place to Call Home). The episode is directed by Jodie Foster and written by Black Mirror creator/producer Charlie Brooker.
Jodie Foster has made a significant name for herself as an actress, starring in The Silence of the Lambs and Panic Room. She’s taken a few turns as a director with episodes of Orange is the New Black and House of Cards (and 2011’s The Beaver, a film with such an odd concept that I forgot it existed until now).
In an earlier interview with The Independent, Black Mirror producer Annabel Jones spoke about Arkangel, saying:
“… this episode 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?”
There’s currently no release date set for Black Mirror‘s fourth season (which will return on Netflix), but you can view more details and watch the (earlier released) full season trailer here. We’ll keep you posted on Black Mirror season four news as we hear it!
Check out the trailer and promotional poster for Arkangel below.
Featured image via The Independent