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Netflix has one of the creepiest shows on television in its library with Black Mirror. Although the show originated in the U.K. on the British network Channel 4, Netflix commissioned the third season that brought a new batch of episodes to streaming. Fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of Season 4 for almost a full year now. We still don't have an official release date for Season 4, but Netflix has finally released a first look at what's to come in the next six episodes, and it seems that Jesse Plemons of Breaking Bad fame will be channeling his inner Captain Kirk for a Star Trek-esque special. Take a look!
Jesse Plemons will apparently appear in the episode entitled "USS Callister," which seems to look an awful lot like an episode of original recipe Star Trek. If the ship -- presumably the titular Callister -- is laid out like the good old Enterprise, we can surmise that Jesse Plemons' character will be the captain. Of course, if "USS Callister" follows the tendency of the original Star Trek series to kill off its characters in red shirts, Plemons' character may not survive to the end of the episode. Then again, maybe on the Callister, blue shirts or yellow shirts are the ones who are always dying. Stranger things have happened.
We only see a few seconds of footage in the trailer from "USS Callister," but it seems that something is going on aboard the ship that leads to glowing body parts. The woman who is affected by the glowing looks pretty terrified by it, so the affliction may be painful on top of seriously scary. Then again, who among us wouldn't be tempted to scream if we suddenly saw our hands lighting up? We're not all Iron Fist.
"USS Callister" appears to be the only episode set in the Star Trek-esque world. The other five look quite different. "Crocodile" is evidently set out in the snowy wilderness somewhere, which is not what I would have expected from an episode named after a creature that definitely prefers warmth. "Arkangel" features an adorable blonde girl getting up to unnatural exploits, so it'll probably be terrifying. It's hard to guess what might be going on in "Hang The DJ," although the title makes me think any disc jockeys in the episode probably won't come to happy endings.
"Metalhead" seems to have been shot in black and white, which should definitely add to the creepiness of the story. "Black Museum" looks very suspenseful, and I already cringed at the split second shot of somebody stepping directly onto a pronged plug. Sure, the person is probably an android of some kind getting ready to charge his/her batteries for the evening, but still.
Hopefully we don't have to wait too much longer for Black Mirror Season 4 on Netflix. The trailer says "coming soon," so we can cross our fingers that we'll get the next batch of episodes sometime before the end of the year. Only time will tell. For all the shows you can definitely watch in the not-too-distant future, swing by our fall TV premiere schedule.