The new trailer for the 5th season of the hit BBC/Netflix drama Black Mirror is here! And it features some very familiar faces…
Yep, you saw it with your very own eyes! Andrew Scott (Sherlock, Fleabag), Miley Cyrus, Anthony Mackie (Marvel’s Avengers saga), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Us, Aquaman), Topher Grace (That 70s Show, BlackKklansman) and more are joining the already impressive Black Mirror lineup.
Though this season is only coming with 3 new episodes, they will likely be an hour and a half or even feature length. I actually think cutting back the number of episodes will be a significant improvement to the series, as lately some of the episodes have fallen really flat. By decreasing the number of episodes, the writing team can focus on making the best possible stories out of what they have. Additionally, fewer episodes mean a bigger budget per episode — hence why they were able to book these big names.
From this trailer, it looks like Black Mirror is departing from some of their horror/gore elements they’ve taken on in recent episodes (including the interactive episode Bandersnatch). I think this is probably the right move, as the more philosophical and emotionally impactful episodes seem to resonate with people the most. I hope that this season will return to Black Mirror at its best, when it is a sophisticated conversation about our obsession and reliance on technology, and how tech isn’t necessarily bad in and of itself, but how it can enable people already inclined to bad decisions to make them worse.
In the Miley Cyrus episode, for example, it appears that the storyline will be about a pop star facing constant pressure from her total lack of privacy due to the internet, and I think this is a really timely and provocative subject. Black Mirror works best as a think piece rather than a genre piece. That’s not to say they can’t do genre well — Andrew Scott’s episode looks like it’s going to be a high-octane thriller with lots of shocks and twists, and that’s great fun too.
Overall, though much of season 4 disappointed me, I have a lot of faith in Black Mirror, and I will return to it time and time again. I’m very excited to see what this season has in store — hopefully lots of shocking, thought-provoking moments and memorable storylines.
Black Mirror returns June 5th on Netflix.