We’ve still got almost a full month until the election, and I’m already exhausted by the constant fear of living in Trump’s all-too-possible near-future dystopia. So let’s take a break and imagine what other kinds of all-too-possible near-future dystopias we could be living in.
Season three of Black Mirror comes to Netflix on October 21st, and between the full trailer we got last week and these new clips and behind-the-scenes featurettes of the first two episodes, it looks like the new season will hit that darkly sweet spot between futuristic nightmare and way too close to our own current nightmare. So, you know, just like every other season.
The season’s first episode, “Nosedive,” is written by Parks and Rec’s (and The Good Place and most good things on Twitter’s) Mike Schur and Rashida Jones, directed by legitimate big deal film director Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice), and stars Bryce Dallas Howard. From the clip, it looks like it takes the social media and online ratings-based world we all live in and takes those ratings IRL, like we’re all human Yelp reviews.
It’s basically the MeowMeowBeenz episode of Community, but infinitely more disturbing.
Here’s the clip:
The second episode stars Kurt Russel and Goldie Hawn’s son, Wyatt, and is directed by 10 Cloverfield Lane’s Dan Trachtenberg. This one sounds like it may stray a bit from, or test the boundaries of, the typical Black Mirror episode structure. This episode, “Playtest,” is about a thrill-seeking man who signs up for some sort of new video game experience. That sounds pretty typically Black Mirror, but creator Charlie Brooker makes it sound like it will play with form even more than content, calling it a “techno-horror romp” and a “fun popcorn movie that is very much rooted in the horror genre.”