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Black Mirror returns to inject tech paranoia into Netflix Xmas streaming

Black Mirror is back for a fourth season and just in time to make you paranoid about technology for 2018.

Making its Netflix debut on December 29, Charlie Brooker’s fourth series of anthology tainted-tech TV will offer a collection of perspectives on how technology can be exploited or twisted in disturbing and dystopian fashions.

And after much teasing, seven trailers are now available to whet your appetite for the fourth season. Six of the trailers give insights into the theme and content of each episode in the six-part series.

Archangel, which is a Jodie Foster directed episode, focused on using technology to seemingly prevent children from wandering off, all delivered via a needle to the temple.

Black Museum channels some back-water America horror vibes and is centred around a museum for objects that “did something bad”, with it looking likely that the stories of what appear to be tech artefacts will be told in gory detail by the proprietor.

Crocodile takes place in a reto-looking future where memories can be accessed, reminiscent of the Black Mirror episode ‘The Entire History of You’ only with the idea that memories can be subjective rather than exact recordings of facts.

Hang the DJ is not an episode for Tinder fans as it extrapolates the concept of online dating to a point where a companion device decided when the relationship of the two people dating is set to end as well as deciding who its users should date.

Shot in black and white, Metalhead looks to be going for pure thrills and scares by following the story of a character who finds a killer robot ‘dog’, seemingly drawing inspiration from Terminator and The Hound of the Baskervilles, and playing on paranoia some people have about drones.

Finally there’s the USS Callister, which appears to be a more light-hearted episode poking fun at the classic Star Trek series, though there’s likely to be a nod to some misuse of technology at some point in the episode.

And that’s your lot. Black Mirror is sticking with the series staple of six episodes per run, which is probably plenty to make you feel uneasy about adopting the latest tech but won’t have your flinging an iPhone X out of the nearest window.

The trailer below encapsulates all the episodes into a neat two minute teaser.

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