All you need to know about Season 3 of Black MirrorThe third season of Charlie Brooker’s cult anthology series Black Mirror is now available on Netflix, having made the switch from Channel 4. Here’s some of the things we can expect from the new batch of episodes
Black Mirror returns to our screens just in time for Halloween, with another dose of episodes examining mankind’s relationship with technology. Armed with a bigger budget, more stars and both US and UK locations, it promises to be more expansive than before. We’ve taken a look at what’s in store for the new season.
Read on to find out:
- How the move from Channel 4 to Netflix has changed Black Mirror
- Which Hollywood stars and acclaimed directors have taken part
- What to expect from the first 6 episodes
- 5 films that influenced this season’s Black Mirror
The first thing you’ll notice about Black Mirror now it’s moved to Netflix is the impressive list of talent in front of and behind the camera. Starring in the series are Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World) and Kelly Macdonald (Trainspotting), while Atonement director Joe Wright directs the season opener “Nosedive”, which creator Charlie Brooker co-wrote with Parks and Recreation’s Rashida Jones and Michael Schur.
As with the first two seasons of the show, each episode features a different cast, a different setting and even a different reality, offering a speculative (and let’s face it, dark) take on the near feature and the impact of technology. Brooker insists he isn’t fuelled by a hatred of modern devices – quite the opposite in fact.
He told The Guardian: “I’m pro-technology. I tried that Playstation VR thing last night and it’s amazing… But even if I wanted to throw them away I couldn’t, because I’m massively addicted to them. I used to smoke 60 cigarettes a day; I would even have a cigarette in the shower and lean out and throw it in the loo. So, with my phone, it’s the same thing, and that worries me.”
There will be six episodes in Season 3, with a further six already announced for the next season in 2017. Without giving away any spoilers, here’s what to expect in the first half-dozen:
Episode 1 – Nosedive: Inspired by our current obsession with ratings, this episode is set in a world where each person is tagged with a numerical rating that can fluctuate by the minute.
Episode 2 – Playtest: Globetrotting thrill-seeker Cooper visits Britain and begins seeing a girl called Sonja. He tests a video game so advanced, it’s terrifying.
Episode 3 – Shut Up and Dance: Brooker describes this episode as “a blackmail story about people forced to dance like puppets on strings. It’s really grimy and nasty.”
Episode 4 – San Junipero: Set in 1987 in California and influenced by ‘80s cinema, San Junipero is described by Brooker as Black Mirror’s “most romantic episode to date”.
Episode 5 – Men Against Fire: This futuristic tale follows future soldiers Stripe and Raiman as they fight to protect frightened villagers from an infestation of vicious feral mutants.
Episode 6 – Hated in the Nation: In near-future London, police detectives investigate a string of mysterious deaths with a sinister link to social media.
Like another show to hit Netflix in recent months, Stranger Things, Black Mirror wears its influences on its sleeve. Here are five classic dystopian films that have influenced the series:
28 Days Later (2002)
This Danny Boyle thriller sees survivors navigate a post-epidemic, zombie-ridden London.
The Matrix (1999)
Given that tech billionaires like Elon Musk believe we probably live in a simulated reality, The Matrix may be more of a docudrama than a straight-up work of fiction…
This pitch-black satire about the hollow world of television journalism feels like an episode of Black Mirror 40 years ahead of its time.
The Thing (1982)
This classic ‘80s John Carpenter sci-fi horror film features a shape-shifting parasite for a villain, and holds up better than most films from the era.
The Truman Show (1998)
Jim Carrey plays a man who discovers that his entire life is a reality TV show, a whole nine years before Keeping Up with the Kardashians came to television.