The story details of the six episodes that will make up the new season of Black Mirror have been revealed by the show’s creator, Charlie Brooker.
The dystopian show, which looks at the negative impact that technology is having upon humanity, is moving onto Netflix for its third season, which will premiere in full on October 21.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Brooker gave the first details of each of the six episodes – albeit without any spoilers.
The opening episode, ‘San Junipero’, will be set in a beach town “synonymous with sun, surf, and sex” during the 1980s, and will star Mackenzie Davis and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. “It’s kind of an ‘80s coming-of-age drama with a Black Mirror undertow,” Brooker explained. “Also, when Netflix picked us up, people were going, ‘Oh that means [the show is] going to be Americanised.’ I thought it would be a funny to fuck with those people by literally writing an episode set in California.”
Second episode ‘Shut Up and Dance’, meanwhile, will be “the most grounded” Black Mirror episode yet, owing primarily to it being set in the present day. The following episodes ‘Nosedive’ and ‘Men Against Fire’ will cover social interactions and technological warfare respectively (with Brooker comparing the latter episode to a horror thriller, almost like The Walking Dead“).
The final two episodes kick off with ‘Hated in the Nation’, Black Mirror‘s first-ever 90-minute episode. ” “It deals with online rage,” Brooker said. “It starts out like a stylish standard police procedural, then takes a bizarre turn.” Finally, ‘Playtest’ rounds off the third season with a look at the latest in video game technology, with its central character testing out “a device as mind-bendingly sophisticated as it is terrifying.”
Brooker is to give a talk ahead of an exclusive screening of three new episodes of Black Mirror at the London Film Festival, which will take place at the Curzon Cinema in Chelsea on October 6.