'Black Mirror' Trailer for 'Hang the DJ' Goes After Dating Apps

Saturday, 02 December 2017 - 1:12PM
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Black Mirror
Saturday, 02 December 2017 - 1:12PM
'Black Mirror' Trailer for 'Hang the DJ' Goes After Dating Apps
Netflix
If Tinder relied entirely on artificial intelligence to determine who you should date, and even how long you should date for, would you use it? What if everyone else used it, and you didn't have a choice?

That appears to be the premise of the Black Mirror episode "Hang the DJ," part of the show's upcoming fourth season. Over the past week, Netflix has gradually been releasing teasers for each of the new season's six episodes, and they're now over halfway done, as "Hang the DJ" marks episode number four of the bunch (hopefully they'll announce a release date for season 4 once all the teasers are out).

A pretty typical Black Mirror episode takes a modern aspect of technology in our daily lives, and twists it into something horrible that could possibly happen in the near future. This one is no different, taking the concept of dating apps and expanding it into such a powerful force that it seems to determine everything from the relationship's length, to whether they should even have sex.

Check out the trailer below:



Despite the "authoritarian Tinder" premise that the teaser suggests, this still seems tame for an episode of the show. It's not clear how anyone might die a gruesome death, or face some existential "worse than death" fate beyond feeling lonely if they don't like the dating app's proclamations about their love life. Which means this could be a breather episode much like "San Junipero", which was one of the more cheerful episodes.

Or it means the teaser is concealing some major plot details, which is frankly a bigger possibility. There's a lot of ways that level of AI control can go wrong, and it's easy to imagine our hopeless romantic leading man getting stuck in a horrific or dangerous relationship because the dating app insists it's perfect for him. 

What makes this premise even more interesting is that Tinder actually does want to use more artificial intelligence in its matching algorithms, having announced earlier this year that they hope AI software could match users without them even having to swipe right on each other first. It might sound harmless at this stage, but Black Mirror might have something more to say on the topic fairly soon.


When exactly Season 4 is coming out isn't clear right now. It was initially expected to come out before the end of this year, but it's now December and the new season hasn't appeared on Netflix's list of new additions for this month. So unless Netflix gives the season a surprise release, it may be a little longer.

Again, it's likely that the official release date will arrive once these six mini trailers have all come out. Netflix has already released the teasers for the episodes "Arkangel," which involves helicopter parenting and brain implants, "Crocodile," which brings in a device which can scan people's memories, and "Black Museum," which is set in a morbid museum full of objects that have caused people suffering.  

With "Hang the DJ" - whose name comes from a recurring lyric in the song "Panic" by The Smiths - we only have two more episodes left. So that'll be something that fans of the sci-fi horror anthology show can look forward to while they swipe left on people, in the months before AI assumes direct control of our dating lives. 

For now, Black Mirror's fourth season is expected to come out sometime in early 2018.

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