Black Mirror, an incredible Netflix-exclusive series, had brought us four seasons of thought-provoking, ominous prognostications of the future, is slated to return in its fifth series. It had also brought Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, a standalone choose-your-own-adventure (CYOA) Netflix “event” that allowed viewers to choose the fate of the main character and the development of the plot.
Airing on Channel 4 in the UK since 2011, Netflix acquired the series in 2015, releasing seasons 3 and 4 in the two subsequent years. The fifth season was effectively delayed by the technical demands of the CYOA event, and it returns with only three episodes.
This time, Black Mirror S5 features some of the biggest names in Hollywood, a departure from its earlier episodes. The star-studded cast includes Miley Cyrus, Anthony Mackie and Damson Idris amongst others.
If the trailer is anything to go by, the three episodes would encompass familiar themes reminiscent of the expansive series’ previous episodes. An AI-enabled doll can be seen playing an important role in the validation of a fragile teenage girl; a relationship threatened by a tinder-like app filled with attractive women. Miley Cyrus seems to play the role of a pop star, and we catch glimpses of a police standoff surrounded by people wielding smartphones recording.
Black Mirror Season 5 is slated to air on Netflix on June 5, 2019.