Today Netflix released the trailer for the fourth season of its popular (and Emmy-winning) sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror which gives us a peak at the six new episodes including “USS Callister,” a title clearly inspired by Star Trek. Check it out.
The “USS Callister” episode features Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad, Fargo) as the captain. The goofy look on his face — as well as the more than passing similarity to Futurama’s Zapp Brannigan — makes us assume the episode will be a parody: so how will “USS Callister” compare to The Orville?
Also in the episode are Cristin Milioti (Fargo), Jimmi Simpson (Westworld) and Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum). The episode is directed by Toby Haynes (Dr Who, Sherlock) and written by show creator Charlie Booker with William Bridges as co-writer. No indication when the episode will drop other than “soon.”
This will be the first space-based episode of Black Mirror, which typically looks at technology’s impact on more grounded topics like marriage, elections, and corporal punishment. Of course Black Mirror is known for telling darker stories that may not be typical of Star Trek, but it does deal with serious topics through science fiction, which is something Star Trek is known for. I discussed this connection when I previewed the third season here at TrekMovie to delve into the question over how Black Mirror can appeal to Trekkies.
UPDATE: New Image
On September 9th Netflix released a new image of this episode.