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Incidentally, series 4 has the lowest score on Website/RottenTomatoes -- it's only 92% fresh[[note]]S1 and 2 are 100%, S3 is 93%[[/note]].

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Incidentally, series 4 has the lowest score on Website/RottenTomatoes -- it's only "only" 92% fresh[[note]]S1 and 2 are 100%, S3 is 93%[[/note]].


* AndIMustScream: Several of the episodes and morals of series 4 deal with people, or people's living consciousnesses, having no control or no agency about their situation. In "USS Callister", the modded Infinity crew; in "[=ArkAngel=]", Sara; in "Hang the DJ", the couples turning all power over to the System; in "Black Museum", basically anyone who comes into contact with Rolo Haynes; [[spoiler:and to end the series on a positive, it gets turned around on both Daly and Haynes so that whilst everyone else goes free the two sociopaths deliberately abusing their autocracy end up not only completely lacking power, agency, and control, it is in traps of their own creation and after being completely abandoned by other humans.]] This may have been done because of the seemingly uncontrollable politics of society at the time it was written; that no matter what the public said, democracy seemed to be playing by its own rules at the time.

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* AndIMustScream: Several of the episodes and morals of series 4 deal with people, or people's living consciousnesses, having no control or no agency about their situation. In "USS Callister", the modded Infinity crew; in "[=ArkAngel=]", Sara; in "Hang the DJ", the couples turning all power over to the System; in "Black Museum", basically anyone who comes into contact with Rolo Haynes; [[spoiler:and to end [[spoiler:and, effectively {{Book End|s}}ing the series on and making this a positive, significant theme, it gets turned around on both [[AssholeVictim Daly and Haynes Haynes]] so that whilst everyone else goes free the two sociopaths deliberately abusing their autocracy end up not only completely lacking power, agency, and control, it is but they do so in traps of their own creation and after being completely abandoned by other humans.]] This In meta terms, this may have been done because of the seemingly uncontrollable politics of society at when the time it series was written; that no matter what the public said, democracy seemed to be playing by its own rules at the time.

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* AndIMustScream: Several of the episodes and morals of series 4 deal with people, or people's living consciousnesses, having no control or no agency about their situation. In "USS Callister", the modded Infinity crew; in "[=ArkAngel=]", Sara; in "Hang the DJ", the couples turning all power over to the System; in "Black Museum", basically anyone who comes into contact with Rolo Haynes; [[spoiler:and to end the series on a positive, it gets turned around on both Daly and Haynes so that whilst everyone else goes free the two sociopaths deliberately abusing their autocracy end up not only completely lacking power, agency, and control, it is in traps of their own creation and after being completely abandoned by other humans.]] This may have been done because of the seemingly uncontrollable politics of society at the time it was written; that no matter what the public said, democracy seemed to be playing by its own rules at the time.

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* ItMakesSenseInContext: There are a few moments per episode that, taken out of context, don't make sense, like:
-->'''USS Callister:''' "Stealing my pussy is a red fucking line."
-->'''[=ArkAngel=]:''' [Sara beats her mom's face with a tablet, can't see her mom's face]
-->'''Black Museum:''' "Listen you fucking bitch," [monkey toy doesn't react]


The fourth series also had a greater number of contributors, with Creator/RashidaJones writing an episode, Creator/JodieFoster directing another,
and a story fragment from yet another being adapted from a short story by [[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillette]]. It can also be seen to once again deal with greater issues that more concern misuse and abuse of technology by assholes, rather than purely be about corrupt technology. Some [[AnAesop morals]] that may be present (but it's still ''Black Mirror'', so maybe not) include how [[{{Hypocrite}} the oppressed can easily become the oppressors]], [[MoralEventHorizon given the right power]] -- something [[InTheFutureHumansWillBeOneRace ever increasing in real society]]; a discussion on how [[AntiSmotherLoveTalk there is no right way to do parenting]], but [[MyBelovedSmother forbidding everything]] [[FromBadToWorse will wind up terribly in any number of ways]]; the [[ElectricTorture negatives]] and [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem often illegality]] of [[TestedOnHumans new science and technology trials]], and [[ScaryMinoritySuspect institutionalized criminal racism]]; [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers and]] that [[ThePowerOfLove true love can conquer all]].

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The fourth series also had a greater number of contributors, with Creator/RashidaJones writing an episode, Creator/JodieFoster directing another,
another, and a story fragment from yet another being adapted from a short story by [[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillette]]. It can also be seen to once again deal with greater issues that more concern misuse and abuse of technology by assholes, rather than purely be about corrupt technology. Some [[AnAesop morals]] that may be present (but it's still ''Black Mirror'', so maybe not) include how [[{{Hypocrite}} the oppressed can easily become the oppressors]], [[MoralEventHorizon given the right power]] -- something [[InTheFutureHumansWillBeOneRace ever increasing in real society]]; a discussion on how [[AntiSmotherLoveTalk there is no right way to do parenting]], but [[MyBelovedSmother forbidding everything]] [[FromBadToWorse will wind up terribly in any number of ways]]; the [[ElectricTorture negatives]] and [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem often illegality]] of [[TestedOnHumans new science and technology trials]], and [[ScaryMinoritySuspect institutionalized criminal racism]]; [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers and]] that [[ThePowerOfLove true love can conquer all]].


Incidentally, series 4 has the lowest score on Rotten Tomatoes -- it's only 92% fresh[[note]]S1 and 2 are 100%, S3 is 93%[[/note]].

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Incidentally, series 4 has the lowest score on Rotten Tomatoes Website/RottenTomatoes -- it's only 92% fresh[[note]]S1 and 2 are 100%, S3 is 93%[[/note]].

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Incidentally, series 4 has the lowest score on Rotten Tomatoes -- it's only 92% fresh[[note]]S1 and 2 are 100%, S3 is 93%[[/note]].


and a story fragment from yet another being adapted from a short story by [[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillette]]. It can also be seen to once again deal with greater issues that more concern misuse and abuse of technology by assholes, rather than purely corrupt technology. Some [[AnAesop morals]] that may be present (but it's still ''Black Mirror'', so maybe not) include how [[{{Hypocrite}} the oppressed can easily become the oppressors]], [[MoralEventHorizon given the right power]] -- something [[InTheFutureHumansWillBeOneRace ever increasing in real society]]; a discussion on how [[AntiSmotherLoveTalk there is no right way to do parenting]], but [[MyBelovedSmother forbidding everything]] [[FromBadToWorse will wind up terribly in any number of ways]]; the [[ElectricTorture negatives]] and [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem often illegality]] of [[TestedOnHumans new science and technology trials]], and [[ScaryMinoritySuspect institutionalized criminal racism]]; [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers and]] that [[ThePowerOfLove true love can conquer all]].

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and a story fragment from yet another being adapted from a short story by [[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillette]]. It can also be seen to once again deal with greater issues that more concern misuse and abuse of technology by assholes, rather than purely be about corrupt technology. Some [[AnAesop morals]] that may be present (but it's still ''Black Mirror'', so maybe not) include how [[{{Hypocrite}} the oppressed can easily become the oppressors]], [[MoralEventHorizon given the right power]] -- something [[InTheFutureHumansWillBeOneRace ever increasing in real society]]; a discussion on how [[AntiSmotherLoveTalk there is no right way to do parenting]], but [[MyBelovedSmother forbidding everything]] [[FromBadToWorse will wind up terribly in any number of ways]]; the [[ElectricTorture negatives]] and [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem often illegality]] of [[TestedOnHumans new science and technology trials]], and [[ScaryMinoritySuspect institutionalized criminal racism]]; [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers and]] that [[ThePowerOfLove true love can conquer all]].


A fourth series was announced shortly after the third series aired, with Creator/CharlieBrooker later revealing that he had been writing it since July 2016. He also said the series episodes would be more diverse owing to them being written during the height of the US 2016 Presidential Election campaigning, including a bit more optimism because, to quote, "[he didn't] know what state the world's going to be in by the time these [episodes] appear, [so he didn't] know how much appetite there [would] be for nothing but bleak nihilism" -- he thought that the world could very well have become so dark with UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump in charge that ''Series/BlackMirror'' needed to be {{lighter|AndSofter}}.

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A fourth series was announced shortly after the third series aired, with Creator/CharlieBrooker later revealing that he had been writing it since July 2016. He also said the series episodes would be more diverse owing to them being written during the height of the US 2016 Presidential Election campaigning, including a bit more optimism because, to quote, "[he didn't] know what state the world's going to be in by the time these [episodes] appear, [so he didn't] know how much appetite there [would] be for nothing but bleak nihilism" -- he thought that the world could very well have become so dark with UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump in charge that ''Series/BlackMirror'' needed to be {{lighter|AndSofter}}.{{lighter|AndSofter}}.

The series was released slightly over a year after series three, for post-Christmas 2017 on December 29th. Not only did this mean that everyone would be able, and anticipating, to watch, but also that it could incorporate the Holiday season into its advertising. The idea of ''Black Mirror'' being a depressing look at the future was played with in a Creator/{{Netflix}} short that was wishing everyone a Happy New Year, typically an optimistic look at the future, by juxtaposing clips from past episodes with real events that happened in 2017.

The fourth series also had a greater number of contributors, with Creator/RashidaJones writing an episode, Creator/JodieFoster directing another,
and a story fragment from yet another being adapted from a short story by [[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillette]]. It can also be seen to once again deal with greater issues that more concern misuse and abuse of technology by assholes, rather than purely corrupt technology. Some [[AnAesop morals]] that may be present (but it's still ''Black Mirror'', so maybe not) include how [[{{Hypocrite}} the oppressed can easily become the oppressors]], [[MoralEventHorizon given the right power]] -- something [[InTheFutureHumansWillBeOneRace ever increasing in real society]]; a discussion on how [[AntiSmotherLoveTalk there is no right way to do parenting]], but [[MyBelovedSmother forbidding everything]] [[FromBadToWorse will wind up terribly in any number of ways]]; the [[ElectricTorture negatives]] and [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem often illegality]] of [[TestedOnHumans new science and technology trials]], and [[ScaryMinoritySuspect institutionalized criminal racism]]; [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers and]] that [[ThePowerOfLove true love can conquer all]].

[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ELQ6u_5YYM Trailer]].

[[index]]
* [-[[Recap/BlackMirrorUSSCallister USS Callister]]-]
* [-[[Recap/BlackMirrorArkAngel ArkAngel]]-]
* [-[[Recap/BlackMirrorCrocodile Crocodile]]-]
* [-[[Recap/BlackMirrorHangTheDJ Hang the DJ]]-]
* [-[[Recap/BlackMirrorMetalhead Metalhead]]-]
* [-[[Recap/BlackMirrorBlackMuseum Black Museum]]-]
[[/index]]

!!Tropes relating to ''Black Mirror'' Series Four:
* ChristmasEpisode: The series, by release date, and [[TwistedChristmas enforced]] by "USS Callister".
* CrappyHolidays: Advertising for the season utilized its December 29th release date well, halfway between Christmas and New Year.
* LighterAndSofter: The series is, looking at it broadly, more upbeat than the first three. It seems like "Hang the DJ" is the only unambiguously positive episode of the whole show.

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A fourth series was announced shortly after the third series aired, with Creator/CharlieBrooker later revealing that he had been writing it since July 2016. He also said the series episodes would be more diverse owing to them being written during the height of the US 2016 Presidential Election campaigning, including a bit more optimism because, to quote, "[he didn't] know what state the world's going to be in by the time these [episodes] appear, [so he didn't] know how much appetite there [would] be for nothing but bleak nihilism" -- he thought that the world could very well have become so dark with UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump in charge that ''Series/BlackMirror'' needed to be {{lighter|AndSofter}}.

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