Hulu Preps Black Mirror-esque Sci-Fi Anthology Series "Dimension 404"

Wednesday, 08 June 2016 - 3:00PM
Black Mirror
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 - 3:00PM
Hulu Preps Black Mirror-esque Sci-Fi Anthology Series "Dimension 404"
After the success of their first sci-fi outing, Stephen King's 11/22/63, Hulu is gearing up for another nerdy venture. Their new series, Dimension 404, has been pitched as a "Twilight Zone for the internet age," or in other words, the U.S.'s answer to Black Mirror.

The series will consist of six episodes, all of which will explore the dark side (in both the mysterious and ominous sense) of the internet. They will all have Twilight Zone-ish twist endings, and will take place in different time periods.

Here's the synopsis of the series, as provided by Variety:

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Inspired by the internet's "404" error code, "Dimension 404" aims to evoke that 3 a.m. feeling of wandering onto the weird side of the web, stumbling upon stories that cannot be explained in the world that we know. Each episode will explore a different bizarre mystery, including an obscure cartoon that may hold the secret to time travel or energy drinks perhaps causing a global apocalypse.
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Hulu announced today that the series is currently casting some big names, including Glee and Scream Queens star Lea Michele, iZombie's Robert Buckley, and Super8's Ryan Lee. In one episode of the anthology, Michele and Buckley play love interests who meet online (it's unclear what the sci-fi angle is), and in another episode, which takes place in the 80's, Lee plays a secretly gay teenager who finds refuge in a mysterious never-before-played game called Polybius, and discovers its "dark and bloody provenance." We'll have to see if it lives up to Black Mirror's incisive critique of burgeoning technologies, but it looks promising so far. 

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