'Black Mirror' Episode 'Metalhead' Is Entirely in Black and White

Sunday, 03 December 2017 - 4:02PM
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Sunday, 03 December 2017 - 4:02PM
'Black Mirror' Episode 'Metalhead' Is Entirely in Black and White
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"We found a dog at the warehouse." It seems like such a harmless line, until the dog is suddenly referred to as "still operational" and clearly murderous.

This operational murder-dog is likely the title character of the upcoming Black Mirror episode "Metalhead," one of six new episodes that make up the sci-fi anthology's fourth seasonNetflix has gradually been releasing teasers for each of the new episodes, possibly building up to an announcement regarding Season 4's release date. But they've put out only four teasers before today, and the new "Metalhead" teaser makes five.

The most notable thing about this episode is that it seems to be entirely in black-in-white, which gives it a cold atmosphere as the main character (played by Maxine Peake) wanders a desolate landscape before suddenly finding a robotic dog which isn't supposed to be active anymore. See the full teaser below:



The teaser itself doesn't give a very good look at the "the dog," but a previous trailer that showed only snippets of each episode somehow revealed more information than this new video. That video gave a much better look at the monster in question, showing that this Metalhead is very much a four-legged robot:

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What's most peculiar about the robot is how it looks a whole lot like the robot dogs that Boston Dynamics likes to build and then push around in their videos. While the SpotMini robot dog is very real and very harmless (it doesn't have claws or teeth like a regular dog), the Black Mirror version is apparently much more dangerous. Maybe the robots at Boston Dynamics simply got tired of being pushed around, and fought back against mankind.

Another possibility is that this episode is set in a post-apocalyptic scenario, which isn't something we've really seen from Black Mirror before now. We see the main character looting a warehouse for supplies, talking to loved ones at some supposed safe-house over a walkie talkie, and running from a robotic killer that should've been destroyed during the war which brought down society - these are all standard post-apocalyptic tropes.
 
That'll be an interesting direction for the episode to take, if true, because this show usually likes sticking to near-future settings, which all the other episodes in the upcoming fourth season seem to stick with (with one very notable exception of a Star Trek-themed episode). If this takes place "after the end," that usually means a considerable amount of time has passed.

Between all those apocalypse tropes and the black-and-white aspect, this is becoming strangely reminiscent of that black-and-white cut of Logan from earlier this year.


If you're curious to see the other teasers for Season 4 episodes, the ones we've seen so far are "Arkangel," "Crocodile," "Black Museum," and "Hang the DJ," which deal with everything from memory-scanning devices to dating apps, since Black Mirror likes to diversify its tech nightmares. 

Black Mirror season 4 is expected to come out early 2018, since Netflix hasn't given an official release date, nor any indication that this season could come out this month. 
 
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