Guys, I am so excited for this I can't find the words, but let me try. BLEJFEFIEH FEWFIOWNF. Good enough. Netflix has ordered 12 new episodes of Charlie Brooker's brilliant Black Mirror, the anthological Twilight Zone for the modern era that looks at the frightening prospects of technology's impact on society. This is very, very good news.
Netflix did not announce a premiere date or a rollout plan, only saying that production of the dozen new episodes would commence this year. Black Mirror originated on the U.K.'s Channel 4, where it was released in two seasons of three episodes beginning in 2011, with a bonus Christmas episode, starring Jon Hamm, made last holiday season. With 12 new episodes coming, that's almost double the Black Mirror we've had over the last five years. We don't know if all 12 will be released at once, but given the series' release history it wouldn't be a shock to see the dozen split up into multiple seasons. It's not like Netflix has steadfast rules about anything.
Reports of Netflix scooping up new episodes of Black Mirror came out earlier this month. Today's news means that we hopefully won't have to put up with the planned American version of the series that's in development.
The move to Netflix makes sense for Black Mirror as the streaming service has the first seven episodes available in its library. And why shouldn't a series showing depicting the perils of tech be on the most technologically and commercially advanced form of television distribution?
"It's all very exciting—a whole new bunch of Black Mirror episodes on the most fitting platform imaginable. Netflix connects us with a global audience so that we can create bigger, stranger, more international and diverse stories than before, whilst maintaining that 'Black Mirror' feel. I just hope none of these new story ideas come true,” said Brooker.
Brooker's last comment about hoping none of these new story ideas come true is a reference to the recent alleged scandal involving British Prime Minister David Cameron, which says he may have inserted his willy into the head of a deceased pig while at university as part of some frat-like games. In the premiere episode of Black Mirror, something eerily similar happens while showing the power of social media on public figures. What else does Brooker know that he's not telling us yet?
What aspect of technology scares you the most? Loss of privacy? Drones? That fact that I'm watching you right now through your hacked webcam?