Charlie Brookers ambitious near-future fables return for another six episodes and deliver dread and paranoia on every corner
Dont be fooled by the gorgeous scenery that makes up much of the fourth season of Black Mirror (Netflix). Its near-future fables take place over mountainous snowscapes, expanses of moorland and sprawling deserts, but its world is taut and panicked, full of damaged and damaging people, and every corner promises dread and paranoia. If theres any festive spirit left lingering, then this will knock it right out of you. Black Mirror is darker than it has ever been.
Charlie Brookers series returns for another six episodes, each of which is regally confident and more cinematically ambitious than almost anything the show has done before, with the exception, perhaps, of season threes San Junipero. Having a transatlantic budget really suits it, for the most part, allowing for some impressive feats of invention and greater scope.
While the running time of these standalone stories varies from 40 minutes to 85 minutes or so, each one plays out like a mini-movie, boldly establishing its own troubling world. ArkAngel, directed by Jodie Foster, could be an American indie; Metalhead is like a Ben Wheatley experiment, and USS Callister, easily this years best instalment, could have been pulled from the very darkest recesses of JJ Abrams mind and thrust into multiplexes to rattle unsuspecting moviegoers.
All three are likely to be the principal talking points, and when Black Mirror is at its best, it provokes discussion, though often less about technological developments and more about the fallibility of human nature. It can be difficult to discuss this show without revealing what makes it so effective so many of the storylines rely on wrongfooting viewers and yanking the curtain away at the last minute that even a hint of a plot spoiler would trample the fun. But all is rarely as it seems and, as usual, were left to play the game by filling in the gaps where we can. Whats going on in the hyper-stylised, darkest timeline Star Trek-ish world of USS Callister is revealed fairly quickly, but it more than justifies its bumper length, finding tension in cruelty and thrills in adventure, and it is the neatest and most satisfying of the bunch.
The British reality dating show that you need to start watching immediately
“At precisely 9 p.m. every night for the next three months, just as the sun is setting over the United Kingdom, Twitter comes alive.
There’s nothing in the water and we certainly can’t blame it on the weather. It’s all because of Love Island, a British reality dating show that currently has the nation transfixed. Brits are gripped by the action unfolding on their television screens, and they begin flooding Twitter with their feelings using the #LoveIsland hashtag.
So, what the hell is Love Island? Well, in a nutshell, it’s Britain’s answer to the U.S.’s Bachelor In Paradise. The only difference is that the show airs every single night for three drama-packed months.
The new season of Love Island — which began one week ago — kicked off with the arrival of 11 strangers comprising six men and five women. The women arrive first and exchange hugs with their fellow contestants. Then, as the men arrive one-by-one, the ladies step forward when they see someone they like the look of.
Much like Bachelor in Paradise, the power alternates between the male and female contestants each week. Now, if that sentence….”
Game of Thrones prequel series ordered from George RR Martin and Jane Goldman
HBO has given a pilot order to a series set thousands of years before the hit show with Kick-Ass and Kingsman screenwriter Jane Goldman as showrunner
“HBO has given an official pilot order to their first Game of Thrones prequel series.
The as-yet-untitled show will be co-created by original author George RR Martin and Jane Goldman who will act as showrunner. Goldmans screenwriting credits include Kick-Ass and Kingsman: The Secret Service.
The series will be set thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones and will chronicle the worlds descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. HBO has released the following logline: Only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend its not the story we think we know….”
Kenan Thompson explains why he ‘fears’ leaving ‘Saturday Night Live’
Kenan Thompson is afraid of what comes after Saturday Night Live for him, and we get it.
“The length of Kenan Thompson’s tenure on Saturday Night Live has become a running joke on Saturday Night Live. And he knows it.
During Donald Glover’s recent monologue, Thompson acknowledged just how long it’s been since he first auditioned in 2003. After entering his 15th season in 2017, he became the longest-serving cast member, dethroning previous record holder Darrell Hammond.
The fact that he’s stayed on is impressive — but the consensus is that if you’re not leaving SNL, you probably don’t have anywhere better to go. Or something else is holding you back
In a Hollywood Reporter interview, Thompson explained….”
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