Netflix has released new photos from Charlie Brooker’s fourth season of Black Mirror and one of them may point towards a less dark universe…

The first (above) features Breaking Bad and the best season of Fargo, season two’s Jesse Plemmons (though season three was great, too) on the bridge of the USS Callister alongside a plethora of other TV and movie A-listers, including Jimmi Simpson (Westworld), Cristin Milioti (The Wolf of Wall Street, Fargo), Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum), and Billy Magnussen (Ingrid Goes West).

While the whole Intenet circumpostulates that the USS Callister episode is a Star Trek parody, the genre has been spoofed so many times, I think we’re being fed a red herring. If there’s one thing Charlie Brooker is not, it’s unoriginal so expect a twist.

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This little girl is being forced to sit through all eight seasons of Game of Thrones and their spin-offs, in a dystopian mind control experiment called Smoke and Mirrors designed to confuse the brain into thinking bad TV is actually good TV.

Okay, not really… the second released photo doesn’t tell us much but we know it comes from the Jodie Foster-directed episode Arkangel and seems much more like the Black Mirror universe that we’re used to seeing from the dark anthology series.

Black Mirror is beloved among its fans, what other series garners a 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Fans love its use of technology and bleak future but Brooker and his exec producer, Annabel Jones stated that season four may shift in tone toward a more optimistic outlook” inspired by last season’s sublime San Junipero episode.

Fortunately, Charlie stated yesterday there was “No way” he would ever do a San Junipero sequel episode, so it can remain near-perfect and unsullied.


So for all my excitement at the shiney new USS Callista photo ushering in a bright new world, seeing that second Arkangel image and re-watching the trailer, maybe I spoke too soon!

We think Black Mirror season four will transport itself to Netflix later this year.