Black Mirror: Season 4 (2017)


Season 4
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Black Mirror proves with its fourth season that the series still has ample source material to terrify fans with technology that is now -- or soon could become -- an integral part of our lives.



Critic Ratings: 93


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User Ratings: 2016

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Air date: Dec 29, 2017
Air date: Dec 29, 2017
Air date: Dec 29, 2017
Air date: Dec 29, 2017
Air date: Dec 29, 2017
Air date: Dec 29, 2017

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Black Mirror is an anthology series that taps into our collective unease with the modern world, with each stand-alone episode a sharp, suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia. Without questioning it, technology has transformed all aspects of our lives; in every home; on every desk; in every palm - a plasma screen; a monitor; a Smartphone -- a Black Mirror reflecting our 21st Century existence back at us. The series is created and written by Charlie Brooker, and executive produced by Brooker and Annabel Jones.

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Critic Reviews for Black Mirror Season 4

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (27)

An astonishing, superlative piece of work in every respect.

Dec 22, 2017 | Full Review…

We could be looking at the best season of Black Mirror yet.

Dec 14, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

...another solid outing, and while nothing quite hits the giddy highs of last season...

Dec 11, 2017 | Full Review…

The result is a show that encompasses so much emotion, so much fear and hate and sadness and joy.

Dec 6, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Black Mirror's themes and delivery methods are still as poignant...

Dec 6, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

While "USS Callister" is the most timely and vital of the new episodes, "Hang The DJ" (named after a line in a song by The Smiths) is the freshest and the most humane.

Dec 29, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Black Mirror always makes me think. Another great season, can't wait for the next.

May 16, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Depending on the story a particular episode may be romantic, action-packed, or creepy, but one thing they all have in common is that they're all downright terrifying.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Black Mirror is still one of the smartest shows around, giving us a prescient look at our inevitable future if we act before we think.

Aug 27, 2018 | Full Review…

The fourth season of Black Mirror brings shock and fear to the table. It might even have you asking yourself if you're in a simulation.

Aug 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Black Mirror: Season 4

  • Jun 19, 2019
    I didn't think that they could get more idiotic than White Bear in season 2, yet arkangel manages to do just that, with Crocodile somehow being even worse. It feels at this point that the writers put all of their effort into establishing an interesting premise, but are utterly incapable on doing anything with it. Hang the DJ is the only one that truly stands out, and tells an entirely unique story with amazing performances. It's a fantastic episode, but doesn't save the idiocy the rest of the season was.
  • Jun 09, 2019
    Still can be interesting but not as strong as original. Getting to soft.
  • Apr 25, 2019
    Monkey loves you and needs a hug. This season closes with its horror, unsettling stories, and a remarkable reflection of our future and today's world. Some episodes are very predictable, especially for "Crocodile" and "Metalhead" which are the most widely criticized by audiences and critics. Although not many have aesthetic expectations and criticisms, this fourth season is an interesting spectacle. It still gives you the satirical criticism about the dark side of technology and one's humanity when combined into one. Do they exist? Can they change the future? How can they be used wisely? What are the consequences?
  • Apr 21, 2019
    Black Mirror gets more and more intriguing as each season goes by. Betwixt all episodes of this fourth season, Ep. 6- Black Museum sure deserves special attention, as one of the most memorable, philosophical and well-produced episodes of the whole series, and also as one of the most special productions of the series industry of this decade. With an impeccable soundtrack and a gloomy tone that leads to an astonishing ending, Black Museum sure wraps up - in the best possible way - the Fourth Season of Black Mirror, and is absolutely unskippable.
  • Mar 14, 2019
    an excellent dark vision of science fiction
  • Feb 22, 2019
    Season 4 Episode 3 is a dark race to the bottom episode.
  • Feb 03, 2019
    Almost every episode this season is a powerful one, often ending on (what could be considered an unusual) high note. Many types of technology that we've seen in previous seasons make some sort of return in each of the episodes, culminating in Black Museum where pretty much every previous episode gets a reference in some form. Personally I loved "USS Callister" most, as in the end the copied people get to roam a digital universe for eternity (or as long as the online platform is kept active at least), which sounds awesome (considering the now free crew of the space ship won't age and can't die, as they are code instead of actual RL players).
  • Jan 24, 2019
    Hang the DJ > Crocodile > Metalhead > Black Museum > USS Callister > Arkangel
  • Dec 29, 2018
    S4 doesn't hit the high point of the previous season, but BLACK MIRROR still remains the smartest, chilling television show with many suspenseful episodes that will leave audiences feeling a terrifying sense of unease about a technology-driven future.
  • Dec 06, 2018
    Black Mirror is a television show written by Charlie Brooker and directed by Jodie Foster, which stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Brenna Harding, and Owen Teague. It was released as a the fourth episode in as a part of a Netflix original series on December 29th, 2017. This particular episode, “Arkangel”, was a first for the series in two ways; It was the first to be directed by a woman, and also the first to be centered around a family. This show has received multiple criticisms due to the fact that it focuses more on helicopter parenting, rather than a stronger social issue like previous episodes have. One of the best part about this episodes is the way the plot is so well structured.In this episode, single mother Marie gives birth to a daughter, Sara. As Sara grows up, her mother in concerned about her safety due to a near accident when she followed a cat down to some railroad tracks. Marie decides to get her daughter implanted with the new Arkangel device. This allows her to know where her daughter is at all times, and it also allows to see through the eyes of her daughter in real time. The device also allows her to censor things that trigger stress. While at school, she sees a school mate, Trick, watching a video of someone getting beat up. Since she is censored to all violence, she has a strange reaction to it. She starts to draw images of blood and gore, which are immediately censored, which drives her to goes as far as cut her own hand with a pencil. They visit a counselor who tells her to shut of the device and throw the tablet away. As a teen, she starts lying to her mom about where shes going at night. Marie becomes so stressed about where her daughter is, she turns on the arkangel and accidentally sees her daughter having sex with Trick.The mother Trick warns about never speaking to her daughter again, and we see Sara attempt to call, text and visit him at work. Trick tells her that he never wanted to be with her, and Sara goes a little crazy. When she finds out what her mother did, she nearly beats her to death with the tablet. The scene closes with Marie screaming her daughters name in the street, and Sara running away with a truck driver. I believe this plot is well developed and flows really well, and that is part of what makes the episode great. Although this episode was not taken well by critics, I believe it has a very good structure and theme. Helicopter parenting is a very big problem that only gets worse as time goes on. Not even 20 years ago, parents trusted their children and knew they would make mistakes. Today, parents track their kids gps location on their phones. This can cause problems with trust. People didn't believe this problem was big enough to make an entire episode about, and said it was better being an indie move, but I think the whole thing really stands out from the rest of the episodes Black Mirror has made. Another great thing about this episode is the actors. The mother does a great job at portraying worry into her character. They do a great job at making the mother seem a little crazy, but also relatable. I know most parents worry about their kids, but it can get to a point where its too extreme. She does well at seeming like an innocent mother who just happened to get the tracking device get the best of her. Overall, I think this is one of my favorite episodes of Black Mirror. The plot, the acting, and the message all combine to make a show I would watch all over again. I recommend this episode to anyone who is interesting in this how, even against the previous bad reviews.

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