Black Mirror, TV’s most provocative sci-fi show, is back. Netflix has taken the British anthology series under its wing and will drop six new episodes into our queues October 21. Well, “episodes” is putting it lightly; the trailer, and many who have been floored by the previous seasons, consider Black Mirror’s chapters to be “realities.” They don’t call it a mirror for nothing.
Like all that came before, each of the six stories will live as separate narratives, but will be linked by Black Mirror’s overarching theme of exploring how our relationship to technology impacts our daily lives, both negatively and positively. Jurassic World’s Bryce Dallas Howard will star in an episode about a society where our status and social ranking (among other similar factors) determines our success and happiness. Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis will star in an ’80s themed episode about a chance encounter in a party town. There will be an episode about personal computer cameras and an episode about virtual gaming gone too far.
Critics are right to call Black Mirror this generation’s Twilight Zone. It’s an eerie piece of television—not because it’s gratuitously frightening or filled with violence, but because of how real the realities presented in each anthology feel. “In this world, it’s easy to get so caught up in our own heads,” Howard is heard saying at the beginning of the trailer. “It’s easy to lose sight of what’s real.” These days, that distinction is growing blurrier by the minute. Black Mirror is here to make you consider that.