One of my all-time favorite type of thing to watch is the genre anthology series, such as The Twilight Zone or Tales from the Crypt. I love the variety inherent to the format, and getting to see a new story told with new characters in every episode appeals to the same part of me that loves reading short story collections.
While anthologies that tell a new story each week are much rarer nowadays, one series working to keep the format alive is Netflix’s Black Mirror.
Set in the near future, Black Mirror focuses on the downsides of advanced technology, such as the way being connected all the time via electronic device has in many ways led people to be less connected on an emotional level.
It’s easy – and not incorrect – to call Black Mirror a sci-fi series, but the show can get quite horrific at times, and features some of the most soul-crushingly bleak endings in the history of TV.
Black Mirror season 4 is headed to Netflix pretty soon, and while an exact release date has yet to be revealed, a trailer has surfaced that includes all 6 episode titles. Information on cast and crew for each episode has also been released. Check out the trailer below, followed by the relevant info.
Director – Jodie “Clarice Starling” Foster, Writer – Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker, Cast – Rosemarie DeWitt (Poltergeist 2015), Brenna Harding, Owen Teague (IT 2017)
Director – Colm McCarthy (The Girl with All the Gifts), Writer – Charlie Brooker, Cast – Douglas Hodge (Penny Dreadful), Letitia Wright (Black Panther), Babs Olusanmokun (The Defenders)
Director – John Hillcoat (The Road), Writer – Charlie Brooker, Cast – Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion), Andrew Gower, Kiran Sonia Sawar
Hang the DJ
Director – Tim Van Patten (Game of Thrones), Writer – Charlie Brooker, Cast – Georgina Campbell (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword), Joe Cole, George Blagden
Director – David Slade (Hannibal), Writer – Charlie Brooker, Cast – Maxine Peake (Shameless), Jake Davies, Clint Dyer
Director – Toby Haynes (Doctor Who), Writers – Charlie Brooker & William Bridges, Cast – Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), Cristin Milioti (How I Met Your Mother), Michaela Coel (Monsters: Dark Continent)