In a somewhat surprising announcement today, Variety reports that Black Mirror IS is returning for Season 6 on Netflix:
VARIETY — A new series of “Black Mirror” is in the works at Netflix, Variety can reveal it.
It’s been almost three years since Season 5 of the dystopian drama premiered on the streaming service in June 2019, but sources say a new ‘Black Mirror’ anthology series is in the works and casting is underway. .
It’s been 3 years since the abominable season 5 of Black Mirror… supposedly. * Allegedly black mirror. I mean the screen said it, and Netflix called it that, but I’m not entirely convinced that what I watched was actually Black Mirror, THE Black Mirror of the previous 4 seasons. It could be like one of those hackers who send you a bunch of iTunes gift cards, where they put a 1 instead of an I or a 0 instead of an O in their gmail address: BLACK MIRR0R must have been behind this Miley Cyrus episode, there is no other explanation. Perhaps it was the same hacker collective that inexplicably convinced Barstool employees that Erika urgently needed 50 iTunes gift cards and THEY were who she turned to to complete this crucial task.
This illusion was very helpful in starting the healing process, which involved convincing myself that Season 5 was illegitimate and Black Mirror was, and always will be, the incredible series of episodes that made up Seasons 1-4.
So I can’t say I was super excited about this news today. Last I heard, Charlie Brooker was strongly implying that the show had run its course. His reasoning was that people weren’t really looking for shows about society falling apart while they were living it IRL. That may be true; maybe he watched the Miley Cyrus episode too. Whatever the real reason, it didn’t seem like there would be more Black Mirror.
Brooker himself cast doubt on the future of ‘Black Mirror’ two years ago, telling Britain’s Radio Times magazine at the height of the pandemic that: ‘At the moment I don’t know what stomach there is. would have for stories about collapsing societies, so I’m not working on any of them. I’m kind of wanting to brush up on my comic book skills, so I wrote scripts aimed at making me laugh.
Evidently, a deal was finally struck and Banijay Rights – the distribution arm of the company that owns both the format and finished tape rights to “Black Mirror” – licensed its hit show to Netflix.
Obviously a more… what you might call “optimistic and positive” person might see this as a chance for redemption. A truly original and important show and expertly made, unable to leave things as they are. A chance to erase the Miley Cyrus hologram from living memory.
I hope! I will try to think so. What got me thinking is in the quote above, this part:
I don’t work on any of them. I’m kind of wanting to brush up on my comic book skills, so I wrote scripts aimed at making me laugh.
I love to laugh, it’s one of my favorite activities. Black Mirror is not where I want or want to turn to for my daily dose of humor. If this is to be reimagined as a comedy — a 2022 comedy, which needs to be approved by the Awakened Warriors Netflix content team no less — I’m out. I don’t want to be part of it.
The second red flag comes from the Variety article breaking the news:
A source close to the production told Variety that the final season has even more cinematic reach, with each episode being treated as an individual film. This is of course in keeping with the later seasons of “Black Mirror”, where episodes were typically over 60 minutes long and had incredibly high production values.
Not going all Black Mirror Hipster here, but it happens to be backed up by the facts – Black Mirror’s biggest stumbles are the episodes that feel OVER produced and OVER cinematic. While these are almost always good things, the crucial part of the show’s effectiveness is a clearly futuristic society that looks eerily similar to the one we already live in. Losing that sense of reality because you feel like you’re watching a movie is crippling.
I’m now down to the last line of the blog, which is when I go to look for links to include – and find out that this was the title of my last Mirror blog:
Update: I was right – I’m just being stupid. (I don’t know why I’m calling it season 5 in this title when this article says season 5 is the one coming out. I think when it went to Netflix they combined two of what was called before seasons? More likely, I’m just being stupid.)
I would like to have a working memory. I could have saved an hour arguing with myself about whether I wanted to watch or not. Obviously for a man of principle, the decision does not exist – I have retired. Case closed.
As I am not really a man of principles, it is still in tune with the times. I’ll definitely take a look I think.