'Black Mirror' Trailer for 'Crocodile' Shows a Memory-Reading Device

Monday, 27 November 2017 - 8:40PM
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Monday, 27 November 2017 - 8:40PM
'Black Mirror' Trailer for 'Crocodile' Shows a Memory-Reading Device
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While there's still no release date in sight for Black Mirror's fourth season, Netflix seems to be preparing for it. Over the weekend, they released a trailer for the new season's first episode, hinting that even more trailers for the remaining five episodes were on the way.

And now, we have another one. Netflix released a trailer and accompanying poster for the new season's second episode, called "Crocodile." It's not clear what the species of aquatic reptile has to do with the plot (it may easily end up being just a metaphor), but the story looks more than engaging enough without any actual crocodiles running around.

In the 45 second video, we're introduced to a detective who carries a device which can scan a person's brain and display their memories. By hooking a suspect up to the machine during an interrogation, the detective can see exactly what this suspect remembers from a crime scene - which in this case, seems to be a fatal car crash. Check out the trailer below:



Since fans of Black Mirror already know that nothing ever goes well for the characters, the teaser wastes no time in hinting at the more dangerous aspects of the tech. Such a device would eliminate privacy entirely, with the detective's promise that she doesn't care about anyone's personal memories ringing suspiciously hollow. Humans are humans, and it's hard to imagine her completely ignoring the device's invasive potential.

And beyond that, the detective is already aware that memories are easy to change, and that certain people could remember the same event entirely differently. That potentially sets up a Rashomon-style episode of the show, if series creator Charlie Brooker wants to show the detective watching the same crime play out in wildly different ways, depending on whose memory she's currently examining.

"Crocodile" is likely to get a little more complicated than that, as the show likes doing, but the themes do appear similar. Memories are subjective and unreliable, and using them as evidence is already shaky enough without some fancy computer treating them as seriously as video footage.



Again, despite the lack of any release date for Season 4, it's good to know Netflix hasn't forgotten about their sci-fi horror anthology. The new season didn't appear on the streaming service's list of new additions in December, so it's unlikely to come out during this year.

But Netflix will almost certainly release the remaining four episode trailers soon, and it's likely to build up to something when they're finished. Whether it's a full trailer or a surprise release is anyone's guess.

But currently, Black Mirror is expected to come out early 2018, barring any surprise announcements from Netflix.
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