I am a big fan of “Black Mirror,” an anthology series that I can compare favorably to “The Twilight Zone” without sounding ridiculous. The series, now on Netflix, is returning with six new episodes on Dec. 29.
In other words, at the tail end of a year that has had strong dystopian leanings, “Black Mirror” will be here for us with a new collection of nightmares. The series is coming to wish us an unhappy new year, in a way.
Most of the show’s grim near-futures are about technological developments that have crossed the line into darkness. One new episode, called “Arkangel,” for example, is about parents monitoring their kids with a rather extreme device. Directed by Jodie Foster, that episode will star Rosemarie DeWitt. Another episode, “Metalhead,” is about a robot dog. That episode, directed by David Slade, will be in black-and-white.
The series, created by Charlie Brooker, also includes comedic elements. All the direness is cut with humor. The upcoming “Hang the DJ,” directed by Tim Van Patten of “The Sopranos,” looks at the contemporary dating scene, so naturally it’s got a few big laughs.Matthew Gilbert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.