Netflix has released a trailer for a season 4 episode of Black Mirror titled "Hang the DJ." The trailer hints at a dystopian take on the online dating scene, and focuses on characters played by Georgina Campbell (Murdered by My Boyfriend) and Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders).
Since Netflix took over control of Black Mirror (which originally aired on the British Channel 4), fans have eagerly awaited season 4, which still doesn't have an official release date. Thankfully, through a steady flow of trailers, Netflix has given viewers a taste of what's to come.
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Today, Netflix uploaded "Hang the DJ" (featured above), a trailer that evokes dating apps like Tinder — characters get matched up through a program that tells them when their "expire date" is (what that expire date means, exactly, remains unclear). "It really does work," says one lucky participant, as Cole's character looks on in frustration. The trailer occasionally cuts to a timer that counts down from 60 to zero, and in the last few seconds, the old-timey soundtrack gives way to a sharp beeping noise and the cracked Black Mirror season 4 logo.
"Hang the DJ" is the fourth and latest trailer in Netflix's "13 Days of Black Mirror," a campaign leading up to the fourth season. The sneak peaks have revolved around a machine that accesses people's memories, a museum that stores criminological artifacts, and other centerpieces. The first trailer, "Arkangel," premiered on November 25, and Netflix has promised a surprise on the 13th day.
The trailers are business-as-usual for Black Mirror, as they're largely understated in their horror. In "Hang the DJ," the atmosphere is ominous, but not for any one clear reason — it's unsettling both because of the countdown clock, and because, simply, it's a Black Mirror trailer. The show has earned a reputation for delivering terrifying thought experiments and twists, and it'll be exciting to see how it handles the online dating world.
It's anyone's guess as to the nature of Netflix's 13th-day surprise. A logical expectation would be for the campaign to end with a release date announcement, given that there has yet to be firm news about one. For now, fans will have to be like the characters in the "Hang the DJ" trailer: staring at the clock, wondering what'll happen when the timer expires. But compared to the horrors of Black Mirror, being impatient about a release date is a small problem to have.
Black Mirror season 4 does not currently have an official release date.