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    Everything You Need To Know About The New "Black Mirror", According To Charlie Brooker

    Charlie Brooker sat down with BuzzFeed UK to reveal some details of the six new episodes on Netflix, which debuts on 21 October.

    The first Black Mirror trailer has FINALLY dropped.

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    Charlie Brooker spoke enthusiastically to BuzzFeed UK about the upcoming season, and gave some clues about what to expect. "This time around, we’ve got a detective story, we’ve got a romance, we’ve got a horror romp, we’ve got a playful social satire, we’ve got a grimy horrible thriller and a military story."

    If you do not want to know anything about the episodes featured, don't scroll down. Not that they contain spoilers, but they do contain clues.

    The episodes featured in the trailer are:

    1. "San Jupeniro" – a retro episode set in 1987, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis.


    Every episode of Black Mirror is set in the future or the present day. This is the first ever episode to be set in the past. Why? "Well for one thing to see if we could," Brooker told BuzzFeed UK. "Just as a challenge to keep the series unpredictable and fun from my perspective."

    "It was a thought that had been knocking about for a while and I had been thinking Is there a story about the golden age of arcade games? or something along those lines. That’s why elements of that crop up in that story."

    2. "Nosedive" – Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, this episode is set in a world in which everyone is ranked. There's an obsession with having a high rating, because without one, you don't get access to things you desire.


    What is distinctive about this episode is the fact that although it feels like a Black Mirror episode, it's not as bleak as other past episodes have been. It could even be, dare I say, an uplifting episode of Black Mirror? "We definitely wanted more variety, because we’re doing six." He joked: "Previously we’ve only ever done three per season, because we’re lazy."

    "If every single time it was jet black you would soon tire of it I think, so it was partly to keep the viewer on their toes."

    3. "Playtest" – an episode about a guy who tries a horror video game so advanced it's bloody terrifying.

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    Out of all of the technologies that feature in the new Black Mirror, Brooker is most unsettled by the new technology featured in this one: "It is quite a romp of an episode really. It is kind of like a horror movie, but the gizmo at the heart of that it is really quite horrible."

    That doesn't mean he's comfortable with the other technology in episodes of Black Mirror. He says that he's unsettled by "almost all of it."

    4. "Shut Up and Dance" – an episode on cyberbullying and a guy who falls into a situation where he has no control of his actions.

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    This episode was deliberately set in the present day, without even a hint of sci-fi. "We’ve done that before, with the 'National Anthem' and the prime minister and the pig – that was the same.

    "It’s all the more terrifying as a result because it could happen now."

    Watching this episode makes you feel helpless because the main character is in a situation that you can't solve. "It’s a trap" he said. "It’s your standard Black Mirror feel good faible about a fox that finds its neck on a trap, and the more it struggles the worse it gets. Characteristically upbeat."

    5. “Men Against Fire” – Malachi Kirby and Madeline Brewer star in a war-themed episode about a mission to destroy some feral mutants.


    Brooker is proud of the show’s flexibility in being able to reinvent itself completely with every single episode. “You don’t know whether you are going to be in Katmandu or Kettering from story to story," he said.

    6. And “Hated in the Nation” – a feature-length episode, set in London, about a string of mysterious deaths related to Twitterstorms on social media.


    When asked about the theme of Twitterstorms in this episode, Brooker said that he doesn't think that they are inherently a bad thing – they depend on the individual case.

    "I had read Jon Ronson’s book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, which is quite terrifying. I think that what is interesting in that book is that he makes the point that quite often Twitterstorms happen because people, broadly speaking, want to make the world a better place. And so they’re reacting to something that they see as an injustice or something wrong that’s happened, or something that someone has said that’s intolerant or hateful or what have you.

    "So there’s a good motivation, but the cumulative weight of all of these voices can be quite toxic for the person who is on the receiving end, especially if actually what is happening is that they are being misconstrued."

    The order of these episodes has not been announced, but Brooker admitted that it has been problematic to work out the order that the episodes will appear on Netflix.

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    "We ended up almost random, I think at one point we talked ourselves in and out of various running orders and then finally settled on one, and whether it is right or not I have no clue. And everyone has a different favourite one anyway."

    And asked whether he now feels the pressure of being Nostradamus, following the piggate scandal of 2015. "I hope I’m not Nostradamus looking at what’s coming up in this season. That would be awful."

    Black Mirror launches in all territories on 21 October.

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