Charlie Brooker’s dystopian science fiction anthology Black Mirror will take viewers to a world not unlike that of Star Trek in the upcoming season four episode “USS Callister” and Netflix has now released the key art for the episode.
The episode stars Jesse Plemons and Cristin Melioti, both former Fargo stars, with Jimmi Simpson of Westworld and Chewing Gum’s Michaela Coel. The episode is directed by Doctor Who and Sherlock alum Toby Haynes and co-written by William Bridges.
Take a look at the cast in the key art below.
This will be the first time that Black Mirror has entered the final frontier of outer space. Brooker compares the episode to a previous popular Black Mirror entry, “San Junipero,” due to how visually distinct it is from other episodes.
The fleet uniforms peg the episode as an homage to Star Trek, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Brooker says the story is less specifically about Star Trek and more a morality play about “tyranny and abuse of power.”
Producer Annabel Jones revealed some more details about “USS Callister,” the fourth episode of the new series, in an interview with The Independent.
“‘USS Callister’ is a space opera,” Jones says. “The challenges of trying to create that world, and obviously getting to play with the genre, opened a whole new opportunity. But I think we’ve put a clever spin on it. It’s a romp – it’s big and ambitious with lots of CG. It’s an absolute visual feast and really high octane. There are obviously more unsettling, poignant and slightly more melancholic moments, but at the same time, it is a romp. It’s such a treat for a filmmaker to be making a film this epic.”
According to Netflix, “Black Mirror is an anthology series that taps into our collective unease with the modern world, with each stand-alone episode a sharp, suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia. Without questioning it, technology has transformed all aspects of our lives; in every home; on every desk; in every palm - a plasma screen; a monitor; a Smartphone – a Black Mirror reflecting our 21st Century existence back at us.”
Black Mirror Season Four arrives on Netflix in 2018.