Netflix has unveiled the first two photos from Black Mirror season 4. The images follow a teaser released in late August, which featured brief clips from each of the six episodes as well as their titles: 'Crocodile', 'ArkAngel', 'Hang the DJ', 'USS Callister', 'Metalhead', and 'Black Museum'.
By now, Black Mirror has built a lauded reputation for its mind-bending twist endings, which means it often keeps specifics close to the vest. Expectedly, then, little is known about the upcoming season. In fact, the only additional details revolve around its cast and crew.
Among the actors appearing are Jesse Plemons (Fargo), Rosemarie Dewitt (La La Land), Jimmi Simpson (Westworld), and Michaela Coel, from Netflix sister show Chewing Gum. On the director's side, there are John Hillcoat (Triple Nine), Tim Van Patten (Boardwalk Empire), Toby Haynes (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell), David Slade (American Gods), Colm McCarthy (Peaky Blinders), and Jodie Foster, who, outside of her acting credits, has helmed episodes of Orange Is The New Black and House of Cards.
The first photo, from 'USS Callister,' features Plemmons in the captain's chair of a spaceship flanked by his fellow crew members and what appears to be a blue-faced alien. The initial teaser made it seem as if the ship had been invaded by a malacious alien life force — Cristin Milioti's character was engulfed by a bright, torturous light — but here it appears humankind has established some middle ground with their otherworldly brethren. Plot-wise, things are vague, but the episode is a clear riff on Star Trek, so expect at least a few references to the franchise. (Also of note: This is the only episode of the new season that creator Charlie Brooker didn't write on his own. He paired with William Bridges, whom he previously collaborated with on season 3's 'Shut Up and Dance'.)
The second image, this one for 'ArkAngel', shows a concerned mother looking on as a doctor implants something into her daughter's head. What exactly is happening is, of course, unclear, though it does bring to mind season 1 episode 'The Entire History of You,' in which everyone has memory technology embedded behind their ears that allows them to replay every moment of their life. It's unlikely that Brooker is repeating that storyline here, though he has confirmed the series' stories could exist in the same universe, and has left the door open to potential sequels, so anything is fair game.
Netflix has yet to announce a release date for Black Mirror season 4, but as promotion continues to ramp up, the wait shouldn't be long.