The challenge of making Black Mirror is that the future is coming at us faster and faster all the time. As our tech is accelerating by multiples every year, which leads to even further advancement. That means any futuristic show is in a game of tag with reality. It’s hard to stay ahead of an era that is gaining on you all the time. Plenty of Black Mirror stories are already well within the realm of plausibility.
So it makes sense that the show would want to take a little hiatus to get its post-pandemic bearings. But it must be feeling good, because casting is underway for season six. That means a new anthology of short films about our looming dystopia will be here soon enough to fascinate, terrify, disgust and occasionally even excite us. Variety reports that this season will be bigger in scope than previous seasons, with each individual episode treated like its own movie. That would be in keeping with the most recent season, in which no episode was shorter than an hour.
Since 2019, Black Mirror has been in a legal tangle with Netflix and the show’s creative team Charlie Brooker and creative partner Annabel Jones. Whatever red tape was in the way has clearly been sorted out, and Booker and Jones are back in the driver’s seat for the new season. And that probably means a number of buzzy celebrity castings, as this show has always been good at snagging both rising and established stars.
Black Mirror tends towards a bleak view of the future, depicting a world in which technology is the ultimate catalyst for humanity’s worst instincts. Of course, every now and then, the show gives into a happy (or, at least, happy-ish) ending like “San Junipero” and “USS Callister,” but let’s face it. Given the reality of the last few years, how optimistic are you feeling about Big Tech right now?
There’s no premiere date set yet.