'Black Mirror' Season 4 Trailer Shows a Bizarre 'Star Trek' Homage

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 - 8:36PM
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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 - 8:36PM
'Black Mirror' Season 4 Trailer Shows a Bizarre 'Star Trek' Homage
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Back when the initial trailer for Black Mirror's fourth season came out, the episode that caught everyone's attention was a colorful, '60s-inspired throwback to the original Star Trek. It was a far cry from the usual stark modern Black Mirror visuals, and so when Netflix started releasing individual teasers for all six new episodes, this was the one most folks were waiting for.

Which is presumably why Netflix released it last, but the teaser for the "U.S.S. Callister" episode is here all the same. Starring Jesse Plemons (who played Todd in the final season of Breaking Bad) as the daring Captain Daly, and Cristin Milioti as the starship's newest recruit, it's immediately clear that underneath the colorful Star Trek exterior, the same old Black Mirror is still there.

Which is to say, something is very wrong aboard the starship Callister and there's no way this is a straightforward Star Trek-inspired romp. Check out the teaser below:



Despite the bright colors and friendly laughing, the video is filled with unsettling details hinting at some deeper plot twists: the new recruit seems confused about how she even got onboard the starship in the first place, she's harshly shushed when she points out how the villain is ridiculously chewing the scenery, and Captain Daly seems like he's too extreme of a Captain Kirk ripoff to be genuine.

In a way, it almost seems like the new recruit has somehow gotten herself trapped inside a knock-off Star Trek television show, and is forced to deal with the campiness that comes along with that. If that's the case, then the episode might be taking a page from John Scalzi's novel Redshirts, a comedy which involved starship officers doomed to die clichéd deaths inside a cheesy Trek-inspired series.

The fact that there's a brief shot of the new recruit's hands painfully glowing could point to either a tragic death, or a sign that her body is reacting because she's not supposed to be there. Or it's possible something else is going on - just like with Todd on Breaking Bad, Plemons is good at playing "good-ol'-boy" characters who are secretly extremely dangerous, and Captain Daly might know more than he lets on. 

Either way, whether it's a legitimately upbeat sci-fi adventure like The Orville, or a secretly dark and typical episode of the show (which would make this episode much like the current Star Trek: Discovery) remains to be seen.


This marks the last of the individual teasers Netflix has been releasing for each episode in season 4, with the previous ones being "Arkangel," "Crocodile," "Black Museum," "Hang the DJ," and the black-and-white "Metalhead." Now that this whole marketing stunt is done, a release date for the new season is hopefully coming soon.

But until that release date is announced, Black Mirror is expected to come out sometime in early 2018.
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