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It's back: What you need to know before you binge on Black Mirror Season 4

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It's back: What you need to know before you binge on Black Mirror Season 4
The "horrific" anthology series people can't get enough of has dropped its entire new season on Netflix

Just in time for the coming of the new year, a period when most folk tend to err on the side of positivity, Netflix slowly rips the bandaid off in six—from the looks of it—anxiety-inducing forecasts of our very likely dystopian future. As of December 29th, the fourth season is upon us. Watch the trailer below:

 

Here's what you need to know about the six stand-alone episodes:

Episode 1, USS Callister: The first time Black Mirror brings us into outerspace in what has been described as a "space opera". A woman wakes up on a Star Trek-esque ship where the crew praise their all knowing and fearless captain.

Episode 2: Arkangel: Directed by Jodie Foster and examines the concept of helicopter parenting. After nearly losing her daughter, a mother invests in a new technology that allows her to keep track of her child.

Episode 3, Crocodile: According to series producer, Annabel Jones in a chat to The Independent, "It's a film set in the near future where your memories are no longer private so they can be dredged-sometimes in helpful ways." A woman interviews various people using a device that allows her to access their memories.

Episode 4, Hang the DJ: A new dating app hits the scene, where the matched couples are told how long their relationships will last.

Episode 5, Metalhead: A black and white film about a woman attempting to survive a dangerous land full of "dogs".

Episode 6, Black Museum: The finale features three separate stories in akin to a portmanteau. An anthology of its own, a woman enters the Black Museum where the proprietor tells her stories relating to the artifacts.

If the first three seasons were not warning enough, we reckon a dive into the latest should provoke some technological paranoia. For a sneak preview of each episode, catch the individual teaser trailers here. Happy watching and Happy New Year!

Beware of the black mirrors around you.

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