Over the last three seasons, Black Mirror has succeeded in delivering skin crawling and anxiety-inducing episodes that thrust fans into a sick-in-the-stomach type existential crisis. While this may sound bad, there seems to be a consensus amongst the show’s fans that, the only thing that feels worse than watching an episode of Black Mirror is having to wait for the new season to come out.
In case you haven’t heard, the mesmerising but bleak Emmy-winning series Black Mirror is finally heading to Netflix for its fourth season on Friday, December, 29. In anticipation, Netflix has dropped several short episode teaser trailers, alongside an official trailer, to prepare fans for what is to come.
While we wait for the show’s return, we have decided to rank all six Black Mirror episode teasers based on how uncomfortable they make us feel.
Black Mirror season four trailers ranked in order of uncomfortableness:
6. U.S.S. Callister teaser trailer
Uncomfortable rating: 2 out of 10
It looks like Black Mirror is trying its hand at parody with this Star Trek spoof titled U.S.S. Callister. Judging by the trailer alone, this episode looks funny – but we suspect Black Mirror might have some of its trade-mark tricks up its sleeve. We certainly wouldn’t be surprised if this seemingly innocent episode turned out to be the most messed up of them all.
According to Netflix’s episode description, U.S.S. Callister will follow the smug looking Space Fleet Captain Daly and his trusty crew (with the addition of one seemingly self-aware new recruit) as they explore the galaxy and the dangers of unknown alien planets.
5. Hang the DJ teaser trailer
Uncomfortable rating: 3 out of 10
It looks like Tinder dating is heading to the next level in this episode of Black Mirror, with some advanced technology that won’t hesitate to let you know who your ‘perfect match’ is.
Once again, this intriguing 50-second teaser is seemingly innocent. In the clip, two people on a date use a piece of matchmaking technology called ‘The System’ to find out how long they will last together. Unfortunately, their relationship has an expiry date of 12 hours, but it doesn’t look like that will stop the pair from going ‘at it’.
While the trailer doesn’t give much away, we expect this technology has some flaws, after all, I wouldn’t put my faith in a rave review by a couple who are dressed in monochrome and laughing manically while acclaiming “It really does work!”
4. Crocodile teaser trailer
Uncomfortable rating: 5 out of 10
Black Mirror has once again set out to prove that nothing in your life is ever really private.
In this bleak trailer, it seems that no crime will go unpunished with the help of a new technology which will give others direct access to your memories. But as the trailer suggests, “memories can be subjective, they may not be totally accurate, and they are often emotional.”
Having a stranger access your memories is an unsettling thought. In theory, there’s still a risk of being wrongfully convicted – if the Netflix documentary series Confession Tapes taught us anything, it’s that it is scarily easy for those in power to implant false memories.
Uncomfortable rating: 6 out of 10
MetalHead is directed by David Slade and is set to be Black Mirror’s first black and white episode.
While Black Mirror is known to keep its cards close when it comes to the show’s trailers, the 45-second dystopian teaser for MetalHead is arguably the most ambiguous of the lot. So what do we know? There will be dogs and not the cute cuddly kind.
“I can’t talk for long,” says Maxine Peake’s character. “We found a dog at the warehouse.”
While it’s hard to tell for sure, we suspect to see trouble from some blood-hungry robotic canines.
Uncomfortable rating: 8 out of 10
The trailer for this Jodie Foster-directed episode of Black Mirror prepares us for something truly scary… parenting.
“I’m 2000-years old, and I remember when we used to open up the door and just let the kids be”
Starring Rosemarie DeWitt, the episode seems to revolve around the dangers of having too much control over your kids. After a brief scare where her child Sarah goes missing, a worried mother signs her daughter up for what appears to be a brain-altering drug trial that has some unsettling effects.
If a small child with blank glaring eyes who draws pictures planes crashing doesn’t give you chills, I don’t know what will.
1. Black Museum
Uncomfortable rating: 9 out of 10
“If it did something bad, chances are it’s in here.”
They aren’t lying, the Black Museum trailer features a whole heap of spine-chilling Black Mirror easter eggs, including nods to one of the show’s most disturbing episodes, White Bear. In the trailer, a picture of Victoria appears on the screen behind the Museum director at timecode 0:13, and the mask-wearing gunman makes an appearance at 0:19.
While the trailer leaves a lot of the episode’s plot up to the imagination, it doesn’t shy away from showing blood, torture, and creepy medical experiments. Much like the items on display, I suspect that the episode Black Museum has a “sad, sick, story” in store for us.
“How long can happiness realistically last anyhow?”
Black Mirror returns on Netflix December 29. If you missed the official trailer check it out below: