'Black Mirror' Season 4 Trailer Looks at Implanting Chips Into Children

Saturday, 25 November 2017 - 1:45PM
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Saturday, 25 November 2017 - 1:45PM
'Black Mirror' Season 4 Trailer Looks at Implanting Chips Into Children
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It may be a few more months until the fourth season of Black Mirror finally arrives, but when it does, nobody should worry that it'll be any less terrifying than past seasons. Also, never assume the anthology show is above dragging children into its sci-fi nightmares.

Netflix just released a first look at one of their upcoming season's six new episodes, a tale called "Arkangel" from guest director Jodie Foster. While specific plot details are scarce, we do have a general idea of what this episode will entail: an overprotective mother who's terrified of letting her young daughter do anything without supervision, and who decides to give her daughter a "completely safe" implant to fix this.

Anyone who's seen Black Mirror before will know what "completely safe" usually means in this show - something along the lines of "totally untested and highly dangerous" - and the chances of this turning out well would be zero. Check out the trailer below:



Unsurprisingly, the trailer stops short of explaining what exactly this implant does, although it's happy to leave us with the unsettling image of a syringe sticking into a young child's brain.

The easy guess is that this implant is a tracking chip which eventually malfunctions in some way, although that might be underestimating this show. It's completely possible that series creator Charlie Brooker thought up some sort of chip designed to make the daughter more docile, or even give her a shock when she wanders too far from her loving mom. The Mary Sue claims that a clip shown at NYCC includes the implant messing with the daughter's vision.

Regardless, it's a clear statement about helicopter parenting and the effects it can have on kids, and it sounds like a story that's exactly up Black Mirror's alley. Producer Annabel Jones gave a similar description which points to some technology-fueled parenting gone south: 

Opening quote
"[Arkangel] follows a mother who has a young daughter and faces that perennial question of how to look after a child in an increasingly technical world."
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And here's a poster Netflix released as well, with the not-so-comforting tagline of "Mother Will Protect You":



Everything we've seen about the new season looks great so far, with "Arkangel" being just one episode from a season which will include freaky robots, a morbid tech museum, and some sort of Star Trek satire. As for when season 4 is coming out, Netflix has only said it's "coming soon," and since the show didn't appear on the list of new additions coming to the streaming platform in December, it's not coming out this year.

Season 4 of Black Mirror is likely to come out early 2018 on Netflix, although an official release date is hopefully on the way.
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