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USS Callister

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USS Callister is the first episode of season four of Black Mirror . It was written by Charlie Brooker & William Bridges and was released on December 29, 2017.

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Capt. Robert Daly presides over his crew with wisdom and courage. But a new recruit will soon discover nothing on this spaceship is what is seems.

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Captain Robert Daly (Jesse Plemons) and his crew are aboard a spaceship, the USS Callister, trying to defeat their arch enemy Valdack (Billy Magnussen). They destroy Valdack's ship, but he escapes. The crew celebrates, Daly kissing both female crewmates.

The real-life version of Daly is Chief Technical Officer at Callister Inc. The company was co-founded by Daly and James Walton (Jimmi Simpson), the company's Chief Executive Officer, which produces the multiplayer game Infinity, in which users control a starship in a simulated reality. Daly is treated poorly by his fellow employees, who appear identical to Captain Daly's crewmates. New programmer Nanette Cole (Cristin Milioti) praises Daly's work on Infinity, but the more assertive Walton interrupts to take her on a tour. When Daly returns home, he opens a development build of Infinity which is modded to resemble his favourite television show Space Fleet. As Captain Daly, he berates the crewmates, strangling a subservient Walton, who eventually takes his apparently-expected position as Daly's footstool.

After employee Shania Lowry (Michaela Coel) warns Cole to beware of Daly, he takes a disposed coffee cup of Cole's and uses her DNA to replicate her consciousness within his development build. Cole awakens aboard the USS Callister, confused and distraught. The crew is kind and welcoming; Lowry explains that they are digital clones of Callister Inc. staff members. Cole attempts to escape the ship but is teleported back. She refuses to cooperate with Daly's commands, so he removes her facial features, calmly explaining that she won't die, but will sightlessly, continuously suffocate. Eventually, she relents and takes her position at a console.

The crew embark on a mission in which they apprehend Valdack but spare his life. After Daly leaves, Cole finds a way to send a game invite containing a message for help to the real-world Cole. The real-life Cole asks the real-life Daly about the message, and he dismisses it as spam. Daly enters the game to interrogate his crew, and transforms Lowry into a monster when she defends Cole. Once he departs, Cole identifies a distant wormhole as an uplink to Infinity's next update; she surmises that by flying into the wormhole, the firewall will delete them and they will die. Walton is very hesitant to help; he explains that Daly once recreated his son Tommy within the game, and threw the boy out of an airlock to punish Walton. Daly vowed to repeat it as often as necessary to secure Walton's compliance. Cole promises they will destroy the lollipop containing Tommy's DNA, eventually gaining Walton's agreement to help the plan.

When Daly next arrives, Cole plays fully into her role and convinces him to take her on a mission to Skillane IV alone. She strips to her underwear and runs into nearby water; Daly reluctantly follows her in, leaving behind the omnicorder which allows him to control the game. Based on a plan of Cole's devising, the crew teleport the omnicorder onto their ship, and use it to access sexual images of Cole on her PhotoCloud account. They use those photos to blackmail the real-life Cole into ordering a pizza to Daly's apartment, then breaking-in to steal the DNA samples when he answers the door. They teleport Cole onto the ship using the omnicorder. As Daly returns to his body on Skillane IV, he discovers the crew are attempting to escape to the wormhole. He commandeers a crashed spaceship to pursue them through an asteroid belt. The Callister collides with an asteroid, disabling the engines, allowing Daly to close the distance. Walton repairs the engine manually, knowing that it will incinerate him, but not kill him. This allows the the ship to accelerate into the wormhole, which closes before Daly can traverse it.

The crew reawakens in an updated, but non-Space Fleet version of Infinity with re-humanized Lowry and Valdack. The firewall has detected Daly's modded build and locked his controls, rendering him physically unable to exit the game as it is destroyed around him. Meanwhile, the crew continues their adventure with Cole leading them, after interacting with an annoyed real-world user "Gamer691" (Aaron Paul).

  • Jesse Plemons as Robert Daly
  • Cristin Milioti as Nanette Cole
  • Jimmi Simpson as James Walton
  • Michaela Coel as Shania Lowry
  • Billy Magnussen as Valdack
  • Milanka Brooks as Elena Tulaska
  • Osy Ikhile as Nate Packer
  • Paul G. Raymond as Kabir Dudani
  • Hammed Animashaun as Pizza Guy
  • Tom Mulheron as Tommy
  • Aaron Paul as Gamer691

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  • Kirsten Dunst (Jesse Plemons' fiance) makes a cameo appearance in this episode as a Callister employee.
  • Gamer691 is voiced by Aaron Paul.
  • Jesse Plemons (Robert Daly) and Aaron Paul were famous working together previously on American TV show "Breaking Bad". They later returned to their roles (Todd Alquist and Jesse Pinkman, respectively) in the film "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie".
  • The two planets named in this episode are Rannoch and Skillane, which were the surnames of Jemima Sykes' killers in White Bear .
  • In Black Museum , one of the exhibits is the lollipop with Tommy's DNA in the assimilation machine.
  • There's a poster for the fictional video game Skinned Alive (similar to the one seen in Playtest ) in Robert Daly's apartment.
  • The dating app that Elena is briefly seen using will later appear in Hang the DJ .
  • Michaela Coel previously appeared in Nosedive as the check-in manager who refused to let Lacie Pound on the plane.
  • In Men Against Fire Raiman mentioned she grew up on a farm and here we see Robert drinking Raiman brand milk.
  • Bandersnatch first references Space Fleet briefly in an article in the Sun newspaper, where it reveals that the third chapter of the series has just been released(during the events of the 80's segment of the story). Later during the present day segment, the UKN news ticker reveals that the cast of Space Fleet has reunited to appear at the Emmys.

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Co-creator Annabel Jones disclosed the following information about the episode: "USS Callister is a space opera. The challenges of trying to create that world, and obviously getting to play with the genre, opened a whole new opportunity. But I think we’ve put a clever spin on it. It’s a romp – it’s big and ambitious with lots of CG. It’s an absolute visual feast and really high octane. There are obviously more unsettling, poignant and slightly more melancholic moments, but at the same time, it is a romp. It’s such a treat for a filmmaker to be making a film this epic."

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This Black Mirror Season 4 Episode Has One Hell of a Cast

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When Black Mirror drops its fourth season on Netflix in early 2018, one episode that is sure to have people talking is "USS Callister," which pays homage to the early iterations of Star Trek with its fictional show Space Fleet . At least, that's what the episode appears to be about. With Black Mirror , looks can be deceiving.

But until the episode premieres, it would be good to familiarize yourself with the cast. There are a couple bigger names, like Jesse Plemons and Cristin Milioti, but what about the supporting characters? We're here to help you figure out where else you've seen your favorite Space Fleet crew member.

Jesse Plemons as Captain Daly

Jesse Plemons as Captain Daly

Plemons played important supporting roles on Breaking Bad and Friday Night Lights before finally having his big breakout role in the second season of Fargo . You can see him next in a trio of bigger movies: The Tom Hanks-Meryl Streep drama The Post , the murder-mystery film Game Night , and Martin Scorsese's next project, The Irishman .

Cristin Milioti as Nanette

Cristin Milioti as Nanette

Milioti is a star of screen and stage, having appeared on Broadway numerous times before her breakout role on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother , playing the titular mother role. She also costarred opposite Plemons on FX's Fargo series.

Jimmi Simpson as Walton

Jimmi Simpson as Walton

This character actor has been on over two dozen different television shows, most notably It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia , Psych , Westworld , and House of Cards . He has been cast for the 2018 TV series Unsolved on USA.

Billy Magnussen as Baldak

Billy Magnussen as Baldak

This 32-year-old actor has a plethora of TV credits to his name, including a large role on now-defunct soap As the World Turns . But perhaps his biggest role to date is that of playing infamous O.J. Simpson trial witness Kato Kaelin for FX's The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story . He also stars on the new Epix drama Get Shorty .

Michaela Coel as Shania

Michaela Coel as Shania

While her US credits do not number many, this British actress is the creator and star of UK comedy series Chewing Gum . She also had a recurring role on the British sci-fi series The Aliens and previously appeared on an episode of Black Mirror , the season three episode titled "Nosedive."

Osy Ikhile as Nate

Osy Ikhile as Nate

Prior to Black Mirror , this London-born actor's biggest credits were recurring on two British miniseries, The Fear and Childhood's End . He can be seen in the upcoming Lars von Trier horror-thriller The House That Jack Built .

Paul G. Raymond as Dudani

Paul G. Raymond as Dudani

Black Mirror is Paul G. Raymond's first big credit, but he did write, direct, and star in a Valentine's Day short called Paul G Raymond's Valentine: Maathraboodham & Son .

Milanka Brooks as Elena

Milanka Brooks as Elena

This Londoner's credits are largely local movies and TV out of the UK, but she will be seen in the upcoming family film Patrick , which is about a young woman who inherits her grandmother's Pug, after which antics ensue as she comes to love the four-legged family member.

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Black Mirror: The Star Trek References in USS Callister

The Black Mirror episode, “USS Callister,” has clear nods to the original Star Trek series that combine nostalgia with obsession.

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There’s no mistaking the likeness of the USS Callister from the season 4 Black Mirror episode of the same name to the iconic USS Enterprise from the original Star Trek series of the 1960s.

Robert Daly’s vintage collection of all six seasons of the fictional Space Fleet series may exceed Gene Roddenberry’s three years of swashbuckling space drama, but the recognizable references to the source of inspiration deserve a closer look. Upon careful examination, here are the most obvious homages.

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The Captain Kirk demeanor

Jesse Plemons’ performance is admirably distinct as he enacts both the more confident captain of the Callister vessel and the downtrodden CTO of the Callister company, but when he’s in character as Captain Daly, he’s almost channeling William Shatner as James T. Kirk. While Kirk may not have gone so far as to embrace all of his female crew members in a celebratory kiss after each mission, one trademark move that was hard to miss was Captain Daly’s delivery of the line, “Fire!” as he commanded his weapons officer to disable the villain’s ship, fist clenching under his chin with dramatic punctuation. Classic Kirk!

It’s no surprise, then, that Plemons had a dialect coach to master the signature voice. In an interview with THR , episode director Toby Haynes explains, “Jesse would say, ‘You let me know if you want to turn the dial up on Shatner.’ We did it one or two times where he went full Shatner, like when he says ‘fire’ in the opening. That’s straight out of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country . I love those movies. I’m quoting my heroes. So it comes from a place of love.”

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Uhura and 60s fashion

There’s no doubt that Michaela Cole’s communications officer, Shania Lauer, is directly modeled after the pioneering performance of Nichelle Nichols as Lieutenant Uhura in the original Star Trek , right down to the long, fake eyelashes. According to Coel in speaking with Digital Spy , “The eyelashes weighed a ton each. The costume was no respecter of your bladder. If you needed to pee it was like, well, you should have done that an hour ago.”

As soon as the new crew member cloned from Nanette Cole’s DNA arrives, her beehive hairdo makeover is immediately apparent, referencing the 60s origins of Star Trek and apparently Space Fleet as well. Daly does, after all, tell Cole that the show is from “before your time; before my time actually.” And while the midriff-baring uniforms aren’t directly modeled after anything from Star Trek , the mini-skirts are definitely recognizable as well.

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Phasers, tricorders, and transporters

The technology of Star Trek has been imitated by legions of space dramas that came after it, both on television and in film, and Black Mirror isn’t about to break that trend. Even though helmsman Packer points out to Cole that their guns don’t work, Daly’s very tricorder-like omnicorder is instrumental in the crew’s eventual escape plan. And of course the de-materialization of the away team as they head to the planet is so ingrained in our collective cultural memory, no explanation of the transporter is needed. Hyperspace becomes white space and photon torpedoes turn into photon volts, but it’s all a familiar lexicon.

A favorite tongue-in-cheek use of technology, however, comes from Lauer as she acclimates Cole to her new position as science officer just after Daly has tortured her into compliance with his obsessive fan drama. As Daly asks Cole for a signal triangulation, Lauer whispers to her, “It’s any button. They’re all the same.” One can’t help but think of how earnestly Star Trek crew members likewise operated their nonsensical instrument boards.

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Character likenesses

Is the villain Valdack exactly like the most infamous of Star Trek villains, Khan Noonien Singh? No, but the similarities are certainly there. Jimmi Simpson’s sycophantic Walton is meant to be more worshipful of his captain than anyone on the Enterprise , but his doubtfulness echoes both Bones’ “Dammit, I’m a doctor…” speech patterns and Scotty’s “It’ll tear the ship apart, captain!” a line which Walton mimics exactly in the opening sequence of the episode.

And while LeVar Burton’s Geordi La Forge isn’t from the original series, Dudani’s cybernetic enhancements remind viewers quite a bit of the blindness-conquering visor from Star Trek: The Next Generation . One might even conclude that Tulaska’s blue skin is an homage to the original series’ Andorians or maybe even the infamous green-skinned Orion femme fatale, Galia, reprised by Rachel Nichols in the 2009 cinematic re-imagining.

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The red shirt

The fact that Lauer and Daly are the only ones wearing red uniforms is no mistake. The “red shirt” has become synonymous with imminent death ever since the original Star Trek famously depicted anonymous, red-uniformed away team members facing their inevitable demise at the hands of alien enemies. Although Lauer doesn’t exactly die, she is the first of those the audience meets to be turned into an alien creature and disposed of, and of course, Daly’s doom, although not predictable in the least, is foreshadowed expertly by the color of his officer’s jacket.

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Haynes explains, “I knew the original 60s Star Trek show very well. I was such a fan that I’m kind of reverential about it, so I was happy to play fast and loose with this version… which is why we put Michaela Coel in a red outfit. Michaela had to be in a red outfit because she’s the first of the crew to get killed. On Star Trek , the guy in red always gets nailed. I knew those layers of detail, so I made sure those were elements in there.”

As televised space dramas have evolved on television, a common vocabulary has emerged, and it all started with Star Trek . While the dark elements of Robert Daly’s power trip are pure Black Mirror , the obsessive fan culture surrounding a favorite classic sci-fi series is recognizable to any devotee of the multitude of Star Trek iterations. When viewers see Daly using fandom to conquer his insecurities, they see themselves, and that’s exactly what Black Mirror does best: act as a dark reflection of our own fallibility.

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  • Black Mirror and Star Trek share major links, including shared actors and a popular parody episode, showcasing the cultural impact of Star Trek on Black Mirror.
  • Black Mirror's episode "USS Callister" pays homage to Star Trek, with a futuristic game inspired by the Star Trek universe and a dark twist.
  • Other Star Trek actors have appeared in Black Mirror episodes, such as Christina Chong and David Ajala in "The Waldo Moment," and Alice Eve in "Nosedive."

The Star Trek franchise has several major links to Black Mirror , including shared actors and a popular parody episode. Beginning as a British show, Black Mirror gained worldwide popularity after Netflix bought the right to the series in 2015. Black Mirror is an anthology series, with contained stories that do not connect to each other outside some minor references and Easter eggs. Inspired in part by The Twilight Zone , episodes of Black Mirror are generally sci-fi related, and often employ dystopian futures or advanced technology as plot devices, using them to comment on contemporary social or political issues.

Although Black Mirror and Star Trek are very different from one another, the cultural impact of the Star Trek franchise was bound to have an influence on Black Mirror as a fellow sci-fi series. In support of this, one of Black Mirror 's episodes is a direct parody of Star Trek: The Original Series , albeit with a particularly dark twist that is quintessential to the show. Additionally, several actors from the modern Star Trek series have been in various Black Mirror episodes, and a few have even starred in the same episode alongside each other.

Black Mirror’s Star Trek Parody Episode

The biggest link between Star Trek and Black Mirror is Black Mirror season 4, episode 1, "USS Callister." The episode focuses on Robert Daly (Jesse Plemons), the creator of a virtual reality game where players control characters in a futuristic world similar to Star Trek 's 23rd century . In real-life, Daly is an unhappy recluse who resents his coworkers and uses their DNA to create digital clones of them in the game, where he abuses them as a way to take out his real-world frustrations. When Daly clones new hire Nanette Cole (Cristin Milioti), however, she incites her fellow clones to fight back against Daly's reign of terror.

Many parts of "USS Callister" are clearly Star Trek -inspired, including the world of the game, the uniforms worn by the characters, and even Daly, who gives a passable impression of Captain Kirk (William Shatner) while he is participating in the game. Although the episode has dark themes, these are mostly within parts of the premise that are unrelated to Star Trek . The Star Trek -inspired aspects themselves are clearly meant as an affectionate parody of the franchise, similar to Galaxy Quest , and were generally well-received by critics and viewers. In fact, "USS Callister" is one of Black Mirror 's most popular episodes and the highest-rated episode of season 4.

Related: Black Mirror Season 6's USS Callister Sequel Tease Is A Major Concern

Strange New Worlds’ Christina Chong and Discovery's David Ajala's Black Mirror Episode

Outside of direct references, Black Mirror has a few episodes that Star Trek actors have participated in, including season 2, episode 3, "The Waldo Moment." The episode's storyline revolves around Jamie Salter (Daniel Rigby), a comedian who voices a crass animated blue bear called Waldo on a satirical British TV show. When Waldo becomes an actual candidate for parliament, Jamie is thrust into the political spotlight but gradually becomes disillusioned with the role he is playing in the election.

"The Waldo Moment" featured two actors who would go on to have roles in Star Trek projects. Christina Chong played Tamsin, a producer on Jamie's show. Chong currently stars as La'an Noonien-Singh on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds where she has gained popularity as one of the show's breakout characters. Additionally, David Ajala played Jeff Carter in "The Waldo Moment". Carter was an American government agent who approached Jamie about using Waldo to influence political movements worldwide. Ajala has been a part of the cast of Star Trek: Discovery since season 3, playing Cleveland Booker, the love interest of Captain Michael Burnham (Soneqa Martin-Green) .

Star Trek Into Darkness’ Alice’s Eve’s Black Mirror Episode

Another Star Trek actor who went on to star in a Black Mirror episode is Alice Eve. Eve played Dr. Carol Marcus in Star Trek Into Darkness , revamping the character after the role was originated by Bibi Besch in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan . Unlike Chong and Ajala, Eve's Black Mirror appearance was after her role in Into Darkness . Eve played Naomi Blestow in season 3, episode 1, "Nosedive." The episode is set in a world where people rate each other on a five-star scale and ratings directly affect a person's status in society. Naomi was the childhood friend of the episode's main character, Lacie Pound (Bryce Dallas Howard).

Strange New Worlds’ Babs Olusanmokun and Short Trek's Aldis Hodge's Black Mirror Episode

Black Mirror season 4, episode 6, "Black Museum" included another two actors who would be on Star Trek later in their careers. "Black Museum" featured the story of Nish (Letitia Wright), who visits the infamous Black Museum run by Rolo Haynes (Douglas Hodge), a scientist who developed a number of consciousness-sharing technologies. Haynes's experiments with the technology he created usually ended badly for his subjects, and he was eventually fired and discredited but kept everything he created in the Black Museum. In reality, Nish is the daughter of one of Haynes's experiments and is visiting the museum with the intent of killing him.

Star Trek actors Aldis Hodge and Babs Olusanmokun both played roles in "Black Museum". Hodge played Jack, the husband of a woman who Haynes experimented on and who agreed to take part of his wife's consciousness into his own head. After Black Mirror , Hodge went on to feature as Craft in the Star Trek: Short Treks episode "Calypso". Babs Olusanmokun played Clayton Leigh, Nish's father and a death row inhabitant who Haynes continued to torture in his museum. Olusanmokun currently plays Dr. Joseph M'Benga on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds , expanding significantly on the character after the role was originated by Booker Bradshaw on Star Trek: The Original Series .

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Spoilers for the Black Mirror episode “ USS Callister ” below.

On its surface, Cristin Milioti’s Black Mirror episode looks like a straight-up Star Trek parody. But “ USS Callister ” is a lot more complicated than it seems. In the episode, Milioti plays two characters named Nanette: a new employee at a tech company, and a digital clone who gets trapped in the twisted virtual universe where the company’s CTO (Jesse Plemons) exacts revenge on his co-workers. As with most installments of Black Mirror , there are a few more turns of the screw after that, but Milioti’s performance keeps the episode grounded, as we see her move between playing a meek coder, an objectified sexpot, and eventually, a captain in her own right. Vulture caught up with Milioti to talk about the joys of acting on a spaceship, her retro hairdo — which was not a wig — and why she prefers to wait for the right parts.

Between your play After the Blast and this episode, you’ve been doing a lot of sci-fi this year. I guess they are sci-fi! I mean, Black Mirror is certainly more sci-fi, since, you know, we’re on a ship, but After the Blast didn’t seem that sci-fi to me, because it doesn’t seem that far off. What Zoe [Kazan] did so brilliantly in that play was to make you think that you’re in the future and then realize, really, it’s about things that have been with us for eons. I’m so proud of her. I guess more so than usual I have been involved in slightly futuristic stories, but here we are.

Were you a fan of Star Trek or sci-fi adventure shows before this? What was it like to play that part of the world? I did not have a very in-depth knowledge of Star Trek . I’d seen a couple of the vintage episodes. I knew just about as much as anyone on the street. I knew how William Shatner talks, I knew about the costumes, and I knew about the passions of the fans of Star Trek. But it was so much fun. To shoot on a spaceship is just as fun as you’d imagine. Your inner 5-year-old is just going crazy. I could not believe I was on a spaceship. I loved every second of it.

And you get to wear this gigantic wig … That is not a wig! That was an hour and a half to two hours in the makeup chair every morning that they would tease it out 1960s-style. There’s a little big of fake hair in there, but the rest is all mine. Into this giant bouffant, every day . They had a fantastic makeup and hair team on that show who were able to make us look so much like we were in this retro, ’60s space TV show.

Does that make you feel bad for the actors on those shows? I didn’t even have to go through the worst of it. Milanka [Brooks, whose “USS Callister” character is turned into an alien] — she had to be turned blue every day. She was there for three hours every morning.

What was it like to also play Nanette on the real-life side of the story, where she’s an office drone? This episode has been such a dream job on so many levels — to get play a fully realized person, to get to play a woman in all shapes and forms and not just “the girlfriend” or “the foil for this,” and to see a woman so angry and to refuse to back down. One of my favorite movies of all time is Kill Bill , and that’s about that . That gets me so deeply jazzed.

When you first see her in the office, she seems like she might be a shy, wallflower character … You don’t realize what she’s capable of!

But she has a has a complete inner life. She has sexy pictures on her phone. It’s not something that she’s ashamed of, it’s using them against her that makes her angry. She doesn’t have that shame about those photos. But I think that what’s interesting about her is that she realizes her best and truest self in the space world. In the office world, she’s asked to do so many of the things that women are raised with. A guy puts his hands on her lower back and instead of saying, “Don’t fucking touch me,” we are asked to shrug it off. Obviously that tide is changing now, but we see her saying “ha ha ha” and being sweet and quiet. You don’t realize that tiger that resides within.

I don’t think that only resides in women, that’s one of my favorite types of stories, when you underestimate what a character is capable of. And yet they themselves underestimate. I don’t think she herself realizes that about herself.

By the end of the arc of the office world, do you think she fully realizes what has happened? I don’t think she does. We talked about this at the wrap party, like, “Oh, right, he’s going to die and they’re going to find her prints at the scene.” Maybe they won’t. Maybe they won’t dust for prints because it’s clear that he just passed away. But I don’t know! I don’t think she has any understanding in the real world of what this virtual reality is. Maybe they try and get in touch with her again. I don’t know, I’d want to see what happens with that group of people. I feel very strongly that in the space world, she becomes captain and leads them on a bunch of awesome adventures.

It feels like she’s more fully realized in the space world by the end of it. I know! Which I love. I think there aren’t the parameters and the social contracts in the space world — she’s just a woman pushed to the edge and is like “no fucking way.” All of the politeness and all of the trappings of one’s life that you build over time all go away.

Did you spend time figuring out her power pose in the captain’s chair at the end of the episode? I didn’t, but I loved shooting that more than I can even explain to you. I think I was given three takes for that. I remember being very nervous that it wasn’t a lot. I didn’t have anything planned other than what she would feel at that moment. I can’t tell you how much fun it is to sit in the captain’s chair of a spaceship. It’s the most fun thing you could do.

It seems like you’ve been involved in a lot more plays in New York and more selective with TV and film projects recently. Has that been a conscious decision? I’ve always lived in New York, I never moved to L.A. I was developing and producing and writing a pilot for a year. That took me out of everything for over a year. When that sadly didn’t go forward, I shot Black Mirror right after that.

This year, I’ve been drawn more to wanting to get back into an acting boot camp with these plays that I’ve done, that have been so immensely challenging and written by dear friends of mine. I’ve gotten to collaborate with the most incredible people. I’ve always tried to have a pretty discerning eye with the roles that I’ve picked, which is maybe why it seems like I take breaks, but really they’re not breaks. It’s just that there’s not as much out there as one would hope. I’m lucky enough to be able to be choosy sometimes. I think this past year I’ve just tried to choose what feels right to me and what excites me.

Well, if you get something that puts you in the captain’s chair … Yeah, when that happens, it’s just the best.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

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‘Black Mirror: USS Callister’ Trailer: Jesse Plemons Does His Best Captain Kirk Impression in ‘Star Trek’ Homage

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Time to boldly go into another one of Charlie Brooker’s mind-bending story worlds — though this one looks awfully familiar. Based on the trailer for “USS Callister,” one of the upcoming installments of Season 4, it’s quite clear that for at least one episode, “ Black Mirror ” is blasting off into a future reminiscent of “Star Trek.”

“USS Callister” doesn’t just appear to be paying tribute to “Star Trek” in general, though — from the sets to the costumes to Jesse Plemons ‘ very  deliberate  enunciation, Brooker, co-writer William Bridges and director Toby Haynes (“Doctor Who,” “Sherlock”) seem clearly inspired by the 1960s original series, which has remained iconic for the last 50 years.

Adding “Black Mirror” to his already impressive resume (which also includes “Breaking Bad,” “Friday Night Lights,” and “Fargo” Year 2), Plemons takes the captain’s chair for the feature-length episode.

The rest of the cast includes Plemons’ “Fargo” co-star  Cristin Milioti (who also starred in “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “How I Met Your Mother”), scene-stealing Jimmi Simpson (of “Westworld” and “House of Cards”), and Michaela Coel (familiar to Netflix subscribers as the star and creator of the British comedy “Chewing Gum”).

What awaits the crew of the USS Callister is of course under wraps, but it seems likely to be a treat for any sci-fi fan. Check out the official trailer for “USS Callister” below:

And the official key art here:


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When Black Mirror ’s third season premiered in late 2016, it began with “ Nosedive ,” a wrenchingly comical episode about the horrors of a connected world, where every interaction or transaction with another person is rated and judged on social media. Its fourth season begins with an opposite horror: a hermetically sealed world, disconnected from the rest of the internet, a sci-fi fantasy perversely controlled by one man. In “Nosedive,” escaping the online universe was the goal; in “USS Callister,” it’s the opposite. Credit to the show’s creator, Charlie Brooker (who co-wrote this episode with William Bridges): He can conjure nightmares from anywhere.

What I liked most about “USS Callister,” which makes for an exceptionally strong start to this new season, was the nasty, winking twist of its set-up. Our sad-sack protagonist, Robert Daly has the profile of a misunderstood nice guy. He’s an unheralded genius at his job, where he created an online gaming world that his publicity-minded boss Walton (Jimmi Simpson) takes all the credit for. He’s shy and retiring, he’s played by the adorable Jesse Plemons (Landry from Friday Night Lights !), and he spends his nights fantasizing that he’s the great Captain Daly of his favorite show, Space Fleet , using the high-end tech he invented, a forehead-mounted brain-projection chip.

But even though the ’60s-era Star Trek knockoff he’s playacting seems chintzy and harmless, there are signs of creepiness from the get-go, with Daly treating not one but both of his female crew members to a passionate kiss at the end of another “episode.” After a friendly interaction with Nanette (Cristin Milioti), a new employee at work, things go from creepy to truly disturbing, as Daly steals her DNA from a used coffee cup and creates a digital version of her within his Space Fleet program.

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Nanette is now the ship’s science officer, clad in the familiar miniskirt and go-go boots of that kitschy decade; but more importantly, she’s trapped. Unlike the online multiplayer game Daly invented, this program is walled off from the rest of the internet to serve as his private playground. Nanette and other co-workers are Daly’s ensemble cast, and anytime he enters the program, they have to shower him with obsequious praise as he acts out his childish fantasies. Apart from that, they’re stuck in the program, with nothing to do except wait for their tyrannical master to return.

Any Black Mirror episode is going to invite comparison to the real-life excesses, and dangers, of the tech world; prior entries, like Season 2’s “The Waldo Moment” and “White Bear,” seemed outlandish when they debuted but harrowingly apt now. “USS Callister” is darkly funny and at times delightfully surreal (these computer versions of the crew lack genitalia, giving them a Ken-doll physique). But it’s also a knowing satire of the male power fantasy that’s been playing out online since the dawn of the internet, and that seemed to go from bad to worse in 2017.

As the commander of his own private starship, Daly demands adoration and total acquiescence from his crew members, or else he harasses them by removing their faces or turning them into alien monsters. They can’t even escape their predicament by dying, as much as they’d like to; only Daly has control over life and death within his universe. When Walton resists him, Daly torments him by creating a digital clone of his son and killing it in front of him. As cute as the set dressings of Space Fleet might look, this sci-fi world is one of drudgery mixed with emotional abuse—Daly thinks he’s a hero captain, but he’s little more than an online troll.

So many of Brooker’s Black Mirror fables warn against the terror of being connected, so I was delighted that he opened this new season with a story about just the opposite. After all, so much of 2017’s news has been defined by a lack of communication, by polarization, and by political leaders who, like Daly, seem to crave unprecedented levels of control along with hollow compliments. In “USS Callister,” the only way to defeat Daly is to open his secret network up to the rest of the game, visualized as the crew piloting the ship into a wormhole while their boss is momentarily distracted by real life.

“USS Callister” was perhaps a mite too long at 75 minutes (its epic conclusion, while tense at times, was very drawn-out). But its concept was perfect for Black Mirror : a mix of fizzy pop culture and genuinely bleak drama. More importantly, it had a happy ending—the crew escapes, Daly is stranded in his now-empty program, and Nanette’s online clone finds herself in a comparative paradise, a multiplayer video game. Who’s the first person she encounters there? An egotistical fool (voiced by Aaron Paul) who lamely proclaims himself the king of space battles. Yes, there’s more than one Captain Daly out there—but at least this time Nanette can warp to another galaxy. Sophie, do you share my take on the topicality of “USS Callister?” Don’t you want to drive into a wormhole as 2017 winds to a close?

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'Black Mirror': "USS Callister" Spinoff Ideas; Director on 'Star Trek,' Hidden 'Star Wars' Nods

[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the season four Black Mirror episode “USS Callister .”]

For those who have seen the new season of Black Mirror , the phrase “Hip, hip, hooray!” has likely taken on a new meaning.

The first episode of the Netflix anthology’s fourth season (now streaming) opens with a Star Trek: The Original Series -familiar scene that carries with it an underlying feeling of dread that viewers of Charlie Brooker’s series have come to recognize. The stand-alone stories featured in the dystopian episodes are often bleak and nihilistic when exploring humanity through techno-paranoia, but “USS Callister ” is the first time Black Mirror  has flung itself into space, bringing with it a rare comedic flair and an even more elusive happy ending.

In the first few minutes, viewers are transported into the space opera’s truest parody of the genre and onto the spaceship USS Callister , which is run by a James T. Kirk-like Captain Daly (played by Jesse Plemons ). Daly fearlessly leads his crew into battle, annihilating the threat in their galaxy and celebrating the win with a kiss from each scantily uniformed female crew member while the entire ship offers three cheers of “Hip, hip, hooray!”

It is quickly revealed, however, that the USS Callister and the galaxy it voyages through is Daly’s virtual creation, his own twisted homage to his favorite (fictional) retro TV show,  Space Fleet . The episode flip-flops from the real world, where Daly is a tech genius and bullied CTO of a virtual gaming company, to the fantasy one, where his ship is comprised of digital clones of employees who have wronged him in reality. He trapped them there by stealing their DNA and creating virtual copies, though they are fully conscious of the outside world.

On the USS Callister , the quietly disaffected boss abuses his power as captain, creating a hellish life for all who are trapped in the game. It isn’t until the arrival of fiery new employee Nanette Cole ( Cristin Milioti ) that the USS Callister  crew begins to stage an uprising, ultimately overthrowing their tyrannical boss under her rebellious lead. Lt. Cole, a coder working under Daly in the real world, steers the ship to safety by exploiting a wormhole in his program. The crew leave their space commander trapped in his own game — the real Daly abandoned in his apartment and plugged into the game with no escape hatch — as they head off into space under their own command to encounter new players (one voiced by Aaron Paul).

The episode, co-written by Brooker  and William Bridges, clocks in at 74 minutes, and director Toby Haynes had only 20 days for filming, which took place last January, in a London studio that included a set for the Callister ship, and in the deserts of Spain’s Canary Islands. In the chat below with The Hollywood Reporter , Haynes ( Doctor Who , Sherlock ) goes inside the making of the season four breakout, points out the Star Trek and hidden Star Wars influences and reveals an idea for a TV spinoff: ” ‘USS Callister ‘ is probably one of the best pilots for a space show ever.”

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What drew you to the story of the USS Callister and Black Mirror ? 

When I came to read this, I thought initially it was just another science fiction film. I had done an opening to a Doctor Who that was very similar and that was years ago for me, so I didn’t know if this was right. My agent said, “Just keep reading.” Literally about five or six pages in, I thought this was the best thing I’d ever read. When I went to meet the guys, I managed to hold it together for most of the interview until the last five minutes, when I actually begged them to do it. I said, “Please, please give me this job!” I thought they would get some big shot Hollywood director to do it, so when I got the call, that was a nice air-punching moment for me. Then, of course, they tell me what the budget is and how many days I have to shoot it, and I went, “Ok, I can see why you hired me.” ( Laughs )

You filmed this last January. What was the shooting schedule like, and how long did you have to get it done?

We shot it in about 20 days. We shot it in the U.K., mostly, and then we did two and a half days of filming on the Canary Islands in Lanzarote , which is where we did all the interplanetary stuff. It was just a special time, but very high pressure. You have to put together this feature-length action-adventure movie, almost, in a few months. We had a few weeks of prep and then shot for 20 days, and then a few weeks in the edit. Each thing that we did, you get that one go at everything. The time scale for the costumes was incredibly short. I remember picking the colors while working in Lanzarote and trying to get them for each character. In a movie, you develop it and develop it: we had about two to three versions and we nailed it. It is also thrilling; I love the speed of working with that kind of decisiveness. I was also working with a design department that has done every single Black Mirror so far: [production designer] Joel Collins’ department is one of the most incredible I’ve ever worked with. They had been working on it before I got there, so the spaceship was very much up and running. Charlie has all the best ideas, and as he says himself, it’s the bones that he has. All the detail that people love, the sort of texture, comes from the collaborators, who are some of the best I’ve ever worked with, from costume and makeup to the design department. You really wouldn’t be able to do this in the speed that we do it without a team that is working that well together. It’s really, really impressive.

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The episodes are generally the same in budget, but executive producer Annabel Jones called this episode their biggest feat. Was there anything you asked for that you couldn’t get?

More time to shoot it! ( Laughs ) I think I wanted about three more days of shoot that I didn’t get. We had a script that was running at 73 pages when I first read it. I thought that was a bit long for an hour and wondered if Charlie was going to cut it down. Then he added 15 more pages. It was 97 pages or something like that when we went into shooting, and we didn’t extend the shoot. The schedule stayed the same as if it were for 73 pages. It was really high pressure to get through the high page count. On the spaceship, we were doing 15-page days. But we had this amazing cast. We had to really speed through the casting process, but we found an incredible cast. I knew they always wanted Jesse Plemons for the role of Daly and had rearranged the shoot so it worked for Jesse, and then cast around him.

What impressed you with Plemons  while he was playing this tyrant in the fantasy world, and then a completely different version in the real world?

He is such an incredible actor. It was such a pleasure to work with him. He’s Texan, he has this kind of cool, easygoing demeanor. He just does it. He doesn’t worry, and that kind of influenced the whole cast. And to see Jesse, who is one of the nicest actors I’ve ever worked with, play such a tyrant — he at times really struggled with being that harsh. But then at other times he would say things and I would be like, “Where did that come from? You scared me there.” ( Laughs ) He would say, “Well, that’s what Daly would do.” Jesse also offered up the idea to shave his head. We had to make all this very quickly, and you are sometimes reticent to do anything too radical, because you don’t want to make a mistake and blow it. They were a little nervous about him shaving his head, because you can’t unshave it. But, when do you get an actor of his stature to offer to shave a bald patch into his head? This is a gift — you need to accept it and go with it. That’s the integrity of Jesse and his kind of art, that he’s willing to do that. He changed his whole look, and it changed him. We shot the thing in two parts, and I think when we got to real-world Daly, he was, in a way, easier to talk to and easier to bond with than when he was being Captain Daly. Captain Daly is kind of this terrifying asshole who is all-powerful. Real-world Daly is downtrodden, and in a bad way. You wanted to give him a hug, even though he’s pretty twisted. [Jesse’s] just a great, great actor. I miss these guys. It’s been over a year. I’m so in awe of that cast. 

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They spoke about how they bonded as a cast during filming. Did you feel that with their performances?

I think they bonded very quickly. We hired the right people. From the supporting cast to the main, they all play more than one role. It’s very rare to get a bunch of characteristics like that, so everyone felt a bit lucky. I felt lucky that we had a spaceship and that we had this cast. I had this idea in my head that they would have to look iconic in their faces, and I felt really pleased with the spread of the guys that we found. Cristin Milioti is one of the most incredible talents I’ve been lucky enough to work with. I like to shoot in order; I like to watch how the actors are performing, and that informs how I’m going to film it. But on the first day we had cast sickness, so we had to do all the third-act stuff in the first two weeks. The first week of the shoot, we turned the shoot on its head, and Cristin  had to do all her heavy-lifting stuff, but she just came in and nailed it every day. Everyone had to do it in about two or three takes, because that was all they had. When Jimmi Simpson is doing that amazing speech about his son being thrown out the air lock, he got one take at that. It was a 17-minute take, but he nailed it. You could be doing that over and over again for a whole afternoon. It really brings out the best in people, I think, when you’re under that kind of pressure. But we were dealing with this fantastic source material. The conceptualizing was second to none. The character development. Everything elevated off the page so well; it just flowed as we filmed.

What were some of the challenges about making it clear to viewers when they were in the real world and when they were in the game?

One of the stylistic things I tried to do with the show as you go through was with the camera: when you are in Star Trek mode, it’s very locked-off; in the real world, it’s very handheld. Building a shot logic like that really helps you to navigate where you are in the story. Then as we get into the story, the handheld comes into the Star Trek mode. On the planet when Daly gets the call for his pizza, it starts off on a tripod and then when he pauses the game, the shot is unlocked and then is handheld, and that moment is the collision of the two worlds in one shot.

This is Black Mirror ’s first space story. How big of a Star Trek fan are you, and how did you strike that balance of putting in enough Easter eggs but also keeping this a Black Mirror original?

I’m probably a bigger Star Trek fan than Charlie is. As a kid, I was a super-geek for all things sci-fi on TV, particularly Doctor Who . I knew the original ‘60s Star Trek show very well. I was such a fan that I’m kind of reverential about it, so I was happy to play fast and loose with this version. I knew stuff that Charlie didn’t know, which is why we put Michaela Coel in a red outfit. Michaela had to be in a red outfit because she’s the first of the crew to get killed. On Star Trek, the guy in red always gets nailed. [Daly is also wearing red on the ship.] I knew those layers of detail, so I made sure those were elements in there. I’m not even sure I ever communicated that to Charlie, but it was just something that had to be. He’s so smart in detail and on the integrity of the concept. That’s what was impressive. Charlie and Annabel are very particular, but you really start to speak their language after a while, and it’s such a pleasure to work with them. Every meeting you have with them, you always spend the whole time laughing. It was one of the most stressful projects but also one of the most fun. I hope it happens again; it was a magic moment.

The crew of the USS Callister in 'Black Mirror' are shown inside their spaceship, each member attentively seated at their battlestations, focused on the view ahead from the ship's front.

Of all the episodes this season, this one ends up being the most timely. Brooker wrote it before the U.S. election, and you filmed it in January. He and the cast have spoken about how the real world seeped in, given the power theme and takedown. How did that influence filming?

There was so much in the air. I have American friends, and I had been to Thanksgiving while I was prepping it; they just had their head in their hands. We were reeling from Brexit . It was an interesting time. We’re going through a lot of big changes and surprising shifts in the direction our countries, so there was a kind of kinship with the American cast. Even though it was written months before, some of the feelings in there are very real. What’s really interesting is how the whole abuse of power, with the sexual harassment thing that’s just come up since earlier this year, is really profound and kind of ground-shaking, and it holds some relevance there too. Because it is creepy what Daly is doing and it is an abuse of his position, but whenever you’re looking at the abuse of power it’s funny how one thing leads to another. If the [Harvey] Weinstein thing had happened, would Trump have gotten elected president? I don’t know. These shock waves in the news have left an imprint.

Brooker and Jones thought the world could use some cheering up when they made this season. That was long before the sexual harassment reckoning, which this episode speaks to by having a woman overthrow a tyrant. How relevant is this story right now?

It’s really refreshing and wonderful. It just wouldn’t have felt fresh if that wasn’t the case. That’s what I felt when I first read the script. All my expectations when reading those first pages were turned on their head by the end. Anything where I thought I had seen it before was turned on its head, and that was the strength of the writing. And then the fact that you get Cristin , who I think is an incredibly powerful actress, who is an intellectual force; it was just so thrilling to see her embody that so thoroughly.

Plemons researched Star Trek and its star William Shatner pretty heavily, watching old episodes and videos. How do you think he will like the Daly character?

It comes from a place of love. Clearly, Daly is such a fan that he is mimicking the way that his hero speaks. It was also a very fine balance about how Shatner-y we were going to get. We brought in a voice coach. We worked it very carefully. Jesse would say, “You let me know if you want to turn the dial up on Shatner.” We did it one or two times where he went full Shatner , like when he says “Fire” in the opening. That’s straight out of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country . I love those movies. I’m quoting my heroes. So it comes from a place of love. We’re not punching down, we’re punching up.

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The best part about these episodes is the twist. What should viewers look out for the second time around, when they revisit it after knowing the premise? 

I’ve seen it so many times that the details are all there for me. I think the performances are really far out, and when you’re watching the characters who aren’t necessarily the leads, they’re hilarious even when in the background. I love a cast that is that consistently on it. I can watch those performances over and over. There are also three  Star Wars references. I don’t know when I’m going to do sci-fi again, so I try to put everything in there. One of the references is when Cristin wakes up in the medical bay, the way the lights came on was a reference to Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One trailer — the shot that never made the movie, when Felicity [Jones] is standing up and the lights come on in sequence. That was an eight-page scene that we had to shoot in a day. Then, the tube that Jimmi goes into when he reactivates the engines of the spaceship, I wanted that to look like the tubes of the Bepsin in Cloud City in Empire Strikes Back , the tubes that Luke Skywalker falls down inspired that. And there’s one line when Daly has just turned Michaela into an alien where he says, “Take that thing to the bridge.” That’s the same line they say about Chewbacca when they are on the Death Star in A New Hope . So there are the three Star Wars references, along with the endless Star Trek ones.

Last season, “San Junipero” became a cultural phenomenon, and Brooker has already predicted “USS Callister” would have that similar impact. How does that feel?

I still haven’t watched “San Junipero ” all the way through because it’s too good. I couldn’t watch it because it scared me about doing this project! I just hope people don’t switch off halfway through this. I want to make sure it’s gripping enough that people watch it all the way through and enjoy it, and punch the air when that music comes in at the end. One of the greatest things about this episode is down to the orchestrated score. Everything we did was on a movie scale, with no money and the shortest time span. It’s people knowing their craft so well that we’re able to get it done, and I was there for the recording when we had the orchestra. It was one of the best possible moments, when they recorded the music for the end credits. I challenged him and said, “If people aren’t punching the air when this music comes in, I want my money back.” 

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Brooker always predicts technologies. How far away are we from this episode happening?

I had a go on the VR for Resident Evil, and I had to get out of it as quickly as possible. I was walking through this space and just the mood, I was terrified: zombies start jumping out at you and start eating you. I’ve never been so scared of a form of media like that since I was a kid. It’s really affecting. I think we’re so close. Whether we can put it on our temple, I don’t know about that. But PS2, they’re almost there.

Do you think there is a world where there is a sequel or Black Mirror crossover potential with “USS Callister”?

I was talking with Louise Sutton, who produced this and “Metalhead,” and she cooked up a brilliant idea of spinning it off into a TV series. I’d love to do a TV series of “USS Callister” — it’s probably one of the best pilots for a space show ever. And I made it! So I’m keen to see it as a TV series. I think Charlie might revisit it as a Black Mirror . Whether I’m the one to do it, I don’t know. Being a fan of the show as much as I am, and being a part of making it, I’d love to work with that crew and cast again. It’s a gift for a director.

Milioti has already said she would jump at the chance to spin this off into a series. Would you have to find a way to keep Plemons’ Daly around?

That’s the fun of it, isn’t it? That’s what this idea is. There is this brilliant idea that he is still alive, and his attempted murder gets pinned on someone. Whose fingerprints do they find in the apartment? There’s so much you could do. Fingers crossed, you never know.

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Beam me up … USS Callister.

Black Mirror's meditation on Star Trek: reinforcing Trekker stereotypes?

The USS Callister episode is a brilliant take on Star Trek homages, gaming and toxic geekery, but it does little to change the unfair image of Trekkers

  • Spoiler alert: this blog contains spoilers for the USS Callister episode of Black Mirror, season four

W hen Lucille Ball first signed off on a new show called Star Trek more than 50 years ago, she mistakenly thought it was a celebrity-focused travelling variety show. She stuck with it despite its very different premise and it has since become the pop sci-fi staple that cannot die.

Unfortunately, the stereotypes associated with Trekkies persist: gross, mouth-breathing, socially inept dorks who, while aficionados of Star Wars and Marvel and video games have achieved mainstream acceptability, remain in the proverbial parental basement, perennially acne-ridden and laden with involuntary celibacy.

Forgive me if I sound defensive, but Star Trek is something I’ve loved for years and while I recognise it’s “just a TV show”, it’s helped me get through a number of rough patches in my life . I don’t claim to be the biggest (or most knowledgable) expert in the world, but as a regular panel moderator at Trek conventions and host of Engage: The Official Star Trek Podcast , I’ve interacted with a great number of extremely passionate fans. So believe me when I say: #NotAllTrekkies.

The vast majority of well-integrated-into-society fans who, sure, may know a few phrases in Klingon, are usually self-aware (and self-confident) enough to shrug off the “Get a life” epithets that were first hurled our way by (twist!) William Shatner himself on Saturday Night Live in 1986 . Moreover, the Star Trek parody film Galaxy Quest is adored by most Trekkers , as its ribbing is gentle, its admiration for our enthusiasm is sincere and, importantly, the story of “real” Star Trek-like actors beamed up into an actual interplanetary adventure is gripping and hilarious.

Most Trek parodies go over well, especially the references and in-jokes that Seth MacFarlane has incorporated into his work for years. MacFarlane’s bonafides were proven last year when he launched The Orville, a curious show that is, let’s face it, the most expensive fan film ever made .

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The best way to describe The Orville is to picture Seth and his buddies watching an old The Next Generation episode while getting high on a couch, and not just shouting jokes but somehow entering the show , man! That sort of strangeness is what drives the plot of the just-released Black Mirror episode USS Callister. And trust Black Mirror to take a typical Star Trek homage and make it dark.

I should say that as an episode of television (or short feature, or whatever you want to call 74 minutes of well-produced, mid-budget entertainment distributed via Netflix), USS Callister is quite good. The performances are captivating, the premise is sharp, the twists are good and, as with most of Black Mirror , there is a disquieting effect that comes from gazing directly at such bleak, dark human impulses.

The problem is that it pins its hideousness on a defective, angry Trekkie. At first he seems sweet and shy, but beneath the facade he is worse than the monster from Room . Jesse Plemons is the co-owner at a software company that has designed a futuristic, immersive VR multiplayer game. He’s the egghead engineer, and his slick, bullying partner (Jimmi Simpson) is the face of the operation. His day at the office is a barrage of slights and disses, and we initially feel quite sorry for him. But the joke is on us. When he goes home each night he plugs into a personalised version of the game and (just like Lieutenant Reg Barclay in the The Next Generation episode Hollow Pursuits) his co-workers all adore him in a simulated environment. And that simulated environment is a just-this-side-of-legal-fair-use replica of Star Trek.

The twist is that “Space Fleet” is not a simulated environment. Plemons’ “Captain Daley” takes DNA from the co-workers who have wronged him (which, we’ll learn, can sometimes be women who just got noticeably creeped out by his staring) and he uploads a digital clone into the sealed game matrix. They are real and there (or at least feel that they are), and Daley, quite aware of his new forced playmates’ anger and fear, is brutal and cruel.

Props to writers Charlie Brooker and William Bridges for knowing their deep lore Trek – this goes beyond photon torpedoes and warp drive. When Daley brings the new girl (Cristin Milioti) to the ship, he punishes her by “removing her face” just like the powerful man-baby Charlie Evans did in Charlie X (season one, episode seven.) But the suggestion that inside every Trekkie lurks a closet sadist is just a little bit insulting.

The episode’s twist pulls the rug out from “sympathy for the dweeb,”, becoming instead a showcase of very toxic online male behaviour – what if the omnipotent imp Trelane from The Squire of Gothos (season 1, episode 17) were a gamer? While I personally don’t know one end of a joystick from the other (do they still use joysticks?) I recognise that multiplayer chatter can notoriously be cesspool. However, I also know that the vast majority of players are just normal people engaged in a harmless leisure activity and not harassers and trolls.

Further, Daley is shown as a complete sexual novice. When his co-workers “re-appear” in the simulation, their sex organs are smoothed over, as with an action figure. This is maybe just a joke about obsessive nerds and their dolls, but it’s also a further dig at perceived Trekkie social ineptitude. All this said, it’s still pretty amazing that this 50-year-old show (which has an amazing new iteration you should be watching) continues to get used as a trope. Black Mirror’s version of the costumes, sound effects and flickering panels are really top notch. And when I eventually get to live out my dreams of being Captain of a Federation starship, I can assure you I won’t be such an ass about it.

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Black Mirror Season 7: What We Know So Far

The upcoming season will include a sequel episode to "USS Callister"

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Black Mirror is coming back for another season . 

Following the release of season 6 in June 2023, after a four-year wait for new episodes, we finally have a few details about the upcoming seventh season. 

From mastermind Charlie Brooker , the anthology series has been described as a contemporary reworking of The Twilight Zone as it grips audiences with its tales of dystopias controlled by technology. 

Over the years, the star-studded series has received critical acclaim for its storytelling, in particular, receiving three Primetime Emmy Awards for outstanding television movie for " San Junipero ," "USS Callister" and Bandersnatch . 

Now, for the anticipated seventh season, Black Mirror is bringing back one of its fan-favorite stories with a sequel episode. 

From the release date to the episode count, here’s everything to know about Black Mirror season 7. 

How many episodes will Black Mirror season 7 have?

During the Next on Netflix event in London in March 2024, the streamer shared new details about the upcoming season, including that it will feature six episodes. That is one more episode than season 5 and double the amount of episodes featured in season 4, which included only three. 

How will Black Mirror season 7 connect to past seasons?

The upcoming season will include a special sequel episode to “USS Callister.” The episode first premiered during season 4 and featured Jesse Plemons as a video game creator named Robert Daly who creates sentient digital clones of his coworkers using their DNA, making them bend at his will. However, when a new employee named Nanette Cole ( Cristin Milioti ) gets into the game, she encourages the other employees to revolt against him. 

The episode has become a fan favorite over the years for its storytelling, star-studded cast and allusions to Star Trek . Following its release, the episode won four Primetime Emmy Awards, including outstanding television movie and outstanding writing for a limited series, movie, or dramatic special. 

Per Netflix, the new episode will follow the events of “USS Callister” where Daly was left unconscious and trapped in his own game after his employees escaped. “Robert Daly is dead,” the release teases. “But for the crew of the USS Callister, their problems are just beginning.” 

Who is in the cast of Black Mirror season 7?

Anyone who watches Black Mirror knows that the show never disappoints with its star-studded cast , with past episodes including Miley Cyrus , Josh Hartnett , Anthony Mackie , Jon Hamm, Bryce Dallas Howard and Letitia Wright, among many others. 

At the moment, it’s unclear who will appear in season 7, though it’s likely that some familiar faces from “USS Callister” will return, including Milioti, Jimmi Simpson , Michaela Coel and possibly Plemons, whose character Netflix confirmed is dead in the sequel episode. 

Additionally, Breaking Bad alum Aaron Paul could make an appearance as he played user Gamer691 in the original episode. 

Who is writing Black Mirror season 7?

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Netflix hasn’t confirmed which writers are on board for the new season, though Charlie Brooker, Jessica Rhoades and Annabel Jones will serve as executive producers. 

When will Black Mirror season 7 be released?

Black Mirror season 7 will be released in 2025 on Netflix, though an official release date hasn’t been announced.

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  • 'USS Callister' from Black Mirror is getting its own spin-off series after winning four Emmys and becoming a fan-favorite.
  • The spin-off will feature a new character named Rinko, but plot details are currently unknown.
  • Original cast members Jesse Plemons, Cristin Milioti, and Jimmi Simpson are expected to reprise their roles in the limited series, along with other potential returning cast members.

Since its debut on Netflix in the United States, Black Mirror has become known for dazzling audiences with its unique take on sociotechnology, and now it appears that one of the series' most highly regarded episodes is finally getting its own spin-off series. ' USS Callister' marked the first episode of season four of Black Mirror , and quickly became a fan-favorite for its nod to Star Trek . It went on to win four Primetime Emmy Awards, and it looks like creator Charlie Brooker isn't ready to let go of its success just yet.

According to What's on Netflix , a three-episode limited series based on 'USS Callister' is moving forward at Netflix after rumors of its development began circulating in 2018. Based on reports, the series is set to start filming in the United Kingdom this spring, with production lasting around 10 weeks. There's no word yet on plot details for the spin-off, but it has been said that the show will introduce a new character named Rinko.

Released on December 29, 2017, 'USS Callister' focuses on the disgruntled co-founder of a popular MMOG (massively multiplayer online game) who uses the DNA of his co-workers to create digital clones he can then bend to his will inside a Star Trek -like simulation. Directed by Toby Haynes, and co-written by Brooker, the episode was lauded for its use of comedy and special effects, while at the same time acting as an allegory for the abuse of male authority. It won four Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Television Movie, and Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie.

Rumors of a potential 'USS Callister' spin-off first began swirling around in 2018. Speaking with Digital Spy, Toby Haynes said that he'd love to do a series based on the episode, and indicated that it was something Charlie Booker might revisit in the future, despite the criticism that Black Mirror has lost its edge . Check out his full quote below:

"I’d love to do a TV series of ‘USS Callister’ – it’s probably one of the best pilots for a space show ever. And I made it! So I’m keen to see it as a TV series. I think Charlie [Brooker] might revisit it as a Black Mirror. Whether I’m the one to do it, I don’t know. Being a fan of the show as much as I am, and being a part of making it, I’d love to work with that crew and cast again. It’s a gift for a director."

Black Mirror Could Be Soon Getting a Video Game Courtesy of Netflix

New reports indicate that Netflix may be interested in developing a Black Mirror video game.

Who Will Star in USS Callister?

The original Black Mirror episode of 'USS Callister' featured Jesse Plemons as Robert Daly, along with Cristin Milioti as Nanette Cole, Jimmi Simpson as Walton, Michaela Coel as Shania, and Milanka Brooks as Elena Tulaska. Plemons was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie, but would ultimately lose to Darren Criss for his role as serial killer Andrew Cunanan in American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace .

According to reports, Jesse Plemons, Cristin Milioti, and Jimmi Simpson will reprise their respective roles for the 'USS Callister' limited series, which has yet to be given an official title. Fellow cast members Michaela Coel, Milanka Brooks, Paul G Raymond, Osy Ikhile, and Billy Magnussen are currently in talks to make their returns, with most - if not all - expected to appear.

While it remains to be seen when the spin-off of 'USS Callister' might make its way to Netflix, fans of Black Mirror can at least feel confident in knowing they'll get more episodes in the beloved series, as Netflix renewed it for a seventh season late last year.

All seasons of Black Mirror, including the interactive movie Bandersnatch, are available on Netflix.

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When Is The Next Star Trek Movie Coming Out?

  • Star Trek movies are making a comeback, but release dates for upcoming theatrical or streaming releases are still unknown.
  • Star Trek: Section 31 is the first Star Trek movie for streaming on Paramount+, starring Michelle Yeoh as antiheroine Emperor Georgiou.
  • The next Star Trek movie in theaters will be an Untitled Star Trek Origin movie directed by Toby Haynes, exploring the origin of Starfleet.

Star Trek movies are finally coming back, but there are no release dates yet announced for Star Trek 's upcoming theatrical or streaming releases . Originating on network television with Star Trek: The Original Series , Star Trek became a successful movie franchise starting with 1979's Star Trek: The Motion Picture . There have been 13 Star Trek movies in total, and every decade since the 1970s has enjoyed a Star Trek movie release.

However, Star Trek movies stalled following the theatrical release of Star Trek Beyond in 2016. A year later, Star Trek returned to television after a 12-year absence with Star Trek: Discovery , and its success spawned a new golden era of Star Trek TV shows on Paramount+ with 6 existing and upcoming live-action and animated series. Meanwhile, Paramount Pictures' Star Trek movie franchise has been mired in development hell, with several attempts to develop Star Trek 4 with big name directors going nowhere. However, there are new signs of life for Star Trek movies, which will soon arrive in theaters and streaming on Paramount+.

Every Star Trek Movie In Chronological Order

With 13 entries in the Star Trek movie series from 1979-2006, there are a couple of ways to watch the films chronologically.

Star Trek: Section 31 Is The Next Star Trek Movie

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The next Star Trek movie is Star Trek: Section 31 , which is also the first Star Trek movie made for streaming on Paramount+ . Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi and written by Craig Sweeny, Section 31 stars Academy Award winner Michelle Yeoh, who reprises her antiheroine, Emperor Philippa Georgiou, from Star Trek: Discovery. Section 31 also stars Sam Richardson, Omari Hardwick, Humberly Gonzalez, James Hiroyuki Liao, Robert Kanzinsky, and Kacey Rohl, who plays the younger version of Rachel Garrett from Star Trek: The Next Generation .

Emperor Georgiou is billed as confronting the past sins and origins of Section 31, and time travel puts her in the "lost era" of Star Trek 's 24th century before Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Star Trek: Section 31 was originally developed as a Paramount+ series, with Michelle Yeoh's Georgiou written out of Star Trek: Discovery season 3 to topline the new show. However, the COVID-19 pandemic stalled Section 31 moving forward, and Michelle Yeoh winning the Best Actress Oscar for Everything Everywhere All At Once changed her availability. Still, Yeoh remained dedicated to Star Trek and her commitment allowed Section 31 to move forward as a made-for-streaming movie. Star Trek: Section 31 completed filming in March 2024 in Toronto, and it is waiting for a release date from Paramount+, which could be late in 2024 or in 2025.

Untitled Star Trek Origin Is The Next Star Trek Movie In Theaters

Toby haynes is directing with j.j. abrams producing.

Paramount Pictures officially announced the next Star Trek movie made for theatrical release will be an Untitled Star Trek Origin movie directed by Toby Haynes and written by Seth Grahame-Smith. Haynes is renowned for directing Star Wars: Andor and he also directed the Star Trek parody episode "USS Callister" for Netflix's Black Mirror . The Untitled Star Trek Origin movie is reportedly set "decades before" the events of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek (2009) movie and depict the origin of Starfleet. Although, Star Trek fans are concerned whether Haynes' movie will attempt to reboot the established Star Trek canon.

J.J. Abrams will be a producer of Toby Haynes' Untitled Star Trek Origin movie, but X-Men producer Simon Kinberg is reportedly in talks to come aboard as the producer who not only oversees Haynes' Star Trek prequel , but the entire Star Trek theatrical movie franchise going forward. Kinberg's proposed role would be similar to how Alex Kurtzman and his Secret Hideout single oversees all Star Trek on Paramount+ streaming TV series and movies. The Untitled Star Trek Origin movie is scheduled to start production in the fall of 2024 for a possible 2025 or 2026 premiere in theaters.

Star Trek 4 Is Still In Development

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A fourth Star Trek movie produced by J.J. Abrams starring Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk leading the crew of the USS Enterprise has been in development since 2018, but Star Trek 4 is reportedly still in the works. Steve Yockey ( The Flight Attendant ) was recently brought aboard to develop a new screenplay for Star Trek 4, although there is no further news on the long-delayed film. However, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, and Sofia Boutella have all publicly stated their desire to return for another Star Trek if the movie actually happens.

It would be a shame if the Starship Enterprise doesn't return to theaters to mark Star Trek 's 60th anniversary in 2024.

Star Trek 4 has had several failed attempts with notable filmmakers attached. Quentin Tarantino wanted to do an R-rated version of Star Trek 4 based on the Star Trek: The Original Series episode, "A Piece of the Action". S.J. Clarkson's story concept to reunite Chris Pine's Captain Kirk with his late father, Lt. George Kirk played by Chris Hensworth, didn't come to fruition due to creative differences. This was the same reason Matt Shakman gave for leaving Star Trek 4 to direct Marvel Studios' The Fantastic Four . It would be a shame if the Starship Enterprise doesn't return to theaters to mark Star Trek 's 60th anniversary in 2024, but Star Trek 4 remains an unfulfilled wish.

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Netflix confirms Black Mirror season 7 release window in new teaser

The USS Callister crew live on!

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A social media teaser clip confirmed today (March 14) that six new episodes of Charlie Brooker's techno-doom thriller are officially on the way, following last year's sixth season starring the likes of Aaron Paul, Salma Hayek, Josh Hartnett and Zazie Beetz .

Five of the episodes remain a mystery for now. However, a sequel to season four favourite 'USS Callister' is included.

'Black Mirror' season 4, 'USS Callister'

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"Robert Daly is dead, but for the crew of the USS Callister, their problems are just beginning," reads a synopsis for that particular entry, referring to Jesse Plemons' twisted spaceship captain/programmer.

In 'USS Callister', which boasts The Penguin 's Cristin Milioti and Westworld 's Jimmi Simpson in the cast, Daly commandeers the DNA of his co-workers to create sentient digital copies for a Star Trek -esque simulation – inserting himself as their dashing leader.

Following its release on the streaming service, Brooker spoke exclusively to Digital Spy about the episode's ending and whether he might revisit the characters.

"They're in what we call 'JJ Land' at the end. They go through the wormhole and end up in JJ Abrams lens-flare land," he said. "We don't rule out revisiting them, so we could. But you'd have to have a really good idea".

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Even then, Brooker revealed that Daly was "probably going to die" given the fact he issued a 'Do Not Disturb' sign on his door before entering a coma.

"He's going to starve to death. Because he put 'Do Not Disturb' on his door."

Black Mirror airs on Netflix .

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‘Star Trek: Section 31’ Actor Teases His “Very Intense” Character, Praises “Hero” Michelle Yeoh

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The next live action Star Trek release may be the Section 31 streaming movie. We still don’t know much about the project starring Michelle Yeoh, but now one of the new actors is teasing a bit about his character.

A broken soul in Section 31

James Hiroyuki Liao was one of the seven actors announced as part of the cast of Star Trek: Section 31 in January, but with no character descriptions. He is out doing publicity now for a role in the new Apple limited series Presumed Innocent and ScreenRant used the opportunity to talk about Trek. Liao was hesitant to say anything specific but did tease his character:

All I can say is that my guy is very, very intense. Without giving anything away, he’s a broken soul, and hurt people hurt people.

It sounds like Liao could be playing a bad guy, which there should be plenty of in a streaming movie about Starfleet’s infamous Section 31 organization. The film stars Academy-award-winning actress Michelle Yeoh, reprising her Discovery role as former Terran Emperor turned Section 31 operative Phillipa Georgiou. The official synopsis notes how she is tasked with protecting the United Federation of Planets,” but she “also must face the sins of her past.” Perhaps Liao’s character is related to some of those past sins.

The actor did talk about what it  was like to work with Yeoh, saying:

He’s maybe one of the greatest characters I’ve had the chance to play, and working with my hero [Michelle Yeoh] for such a long time has just been an insane time for me. I’m working with so many people that I have admired for so long. Michelle Yeoh is just everything, and I loved working with her. It was such a special cast as well. I’ve been on cloud nine. I’m so lucky.

Liao is a Juilliard-trained actor with a long resume in Hollywood. He has recently appeared in HBO’s Barry and the Hulu limited series The Dropout . He has had a recurring role in the long-running CBS series Blue Bloods and is a series regular in the upcoming AMC show Orphan Black: Echoes .

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James Hiroyuki Liao as Darros in Orphan Black: Echoes (Sophie Giraud/AMC)

Besides Yeoh’s Georgiou, we do know the Section 31 movie will include a younger Rachel Garrett (Kacey Rohl), the future captain of the USS Enterprise-C from the TNG episode “Yesterday’s Enterprise,” indicating the streaming movie could be set in the “ lost era ” between the TOS movies and TNG era. The one official photo from the movie also reveals the back of the head of a new character named Dada Noe (Joe Pingue).

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Michelle Yeoh as Georgiou and Joe Pingue as Dada Noe in  Star Trek: Section 31 (Jan Thijs/Paramount+)

Production on the Section 31 streaming movie wrapped up in March . Paramount+ has yet to set a release date.

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Imagine if they also brought back Ruck as Captain Harriman from Generations…

That would be very cool for this aging Trekker.

He won’t be made admiral until Tuesday.

He’d be an Admiral of course by then. Maybe in the sequel, Section 32.

Don’t worry, knowing these writers, he’ll show up, especially since he’s not developed as a character.

which means they’ll be killing him off! oh no!

back by tuesday….

The other day I wondered to myself, what will real fans hate now that Discovery is over. This is likely to be that.

There is no doubt that this movie will commit the same “sins” the first season of Discovery did, such as having more advanced technology that what was portrayed in The Original Series and, more likely than not, redesign an alien species or more like they did with the Klingons.

If S31 has:

  • awful writing
  • awful characters
  • awful pacing, plot contrivances and unearned emotion

like Discovery, then fans will dislike it, like Discovery.

And I generally liked the last season but those problems still persisted regardless.

That ending ruined what was otherwise, a fairly compelling season.

Yes. Yes indeed, Harry.

Any excuse to dump on the show, huh? That said… I’ll quite happily trash Enterprise to this day so I can’t talk!

Even season 4?

Even season 4.

It’s an improvement for sure, but its still woeful imo.

The OP’s post was baiting so I can’t fault anyone for their responses beyond a lack of self-restraint. I’m disappointed the opposing POV is so narrow and unwilling to engage, but now that I see it that’s a lesson for next time.

100%. They have an opportunity to give us a fun little romp, with a minimum of canon connections. This feels like the kind of thing they can just run with at this point, and not screw it up.. even if it’s a little hammy or silly. But who knows.

Absent context, a brilliant observation. Meanwhile, with actual context, the folks who spent years taking a s**t on Discovery had pretty much decided it was garbage long before the first season aired. They also tend to be the same people who worshipped PS3, an abysmal story, but very well produced fan service. Insisting the only thing the fan base wants now is the further adventures of Nepo Jack and his TNG Guest Star Friends.

So there’s that….

No, I want Annoying Jack written off. I do want the TNG, DS9 and Voyager Guest Star Friends though.

Yes, 100%. You hit the nail on the head.

You could apply that same criteria to season 3 of TOS.

Discovery’s actual sins centered on its character work and dramatic fundamentals, which is legitimately a serious problem. I couldn’t give a toss about the things you’re talking about beyond being mildly irritated the Klingon actors could barely speak through those teeth, and I thought it was a bit unnecessary to shoehorn Burnham into Spock’s family.

No, what I had a hard time with was how Burnham’s redemption arc was messy and didn’t feel earned in season 1. Also, the tone was all over the place. The execution of the plan to go to the not-much-darker-because-Klingon-War Mirror Universe was uneven. The Klingon characters weren’t all that interesting. The decision to make the show so dark and TV-MA with gore and sexual violence was baffling. The VFX were high-end yet murky. Having all the comic relief fall on Tilly’s shoulders was a mistake as well.

It was still enjoyable by and large. There was good acting, the production values were impressive, the LGBT+ representation was aspirational (though I still question what the longterm plan was for Culber after his offing), and the show was definitely trying something bold and new. It was working against deadline headwinds and creative upheavals in seasons 1 and 2, but even with them being all over the place I still preferred what they were doing to Michelle Paradise’s vision.

But for the fact that The Original Series did a throwaway episode in which Shatner played Kirk’s brother wearing nothing more than a fake mustache glued to his upper lip, real fans would demand Kurtzman’s head on a platter for introducing Kirk’s brother in Strange New Worlds.

Likewise, but for the fact that Trek V introduced Sybok, they would be just as upset that “Spock’s brother” was at the center of a season one episode even if their familiar connection wasn’t entirely mentioned.

There was nothing wrong with Burnham being Spock’s sister. He didn’t mention her in TOS just like he didn’t mention Sybok in TOS either. And just like he didn’t say that the Vulcan ambassador was his father. He didn’t tell his crewmates anything about his family until they met them.

These have been argued to death at this point. I don’t understand why people keep bringing up Sybok as an argument to why it’s OK for Michael to be Spocks sibling when most fans hated Sybok just as much at the time. Its not like the character was beloved, people thought it was a bad idea including William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy BTW. It was Harve Bennett who pushed for the idea and it went over like a lead balloon.

But let’s double down one bad idea and do it again. Makes total sense.

The whole “Spock doesn’t talk about his family” bit has been torpedoed into oblivion ironically thanks to DIS and SNW. Spock tells anyone within earshot about his family these days. Pike knew about Burnham before he showed up on Discovery. He mentioned to Chapel about Sybok which seems to imply he will eventually show up on SNW while Kirk, Uhura and now Scotty will most likely be around. But maybe he won’t show up. But his mother already has showed up on the Enterprise along with T’Pring for his freaking engagement party. But now a few years later both will be completely forgotten and has turned continuity into more of a joke. 🙄

This entire conversation is why I hate prequels. Honestly. But this should also make clear it’s not Discovery alone with these issues. SNW is just aa bad as my opinion. But it gets less slack because people like it more.

And I have made clear I really like SNW but I’m not biased either.

The thing about Spock’s family – or any crewmember’s family – is that there is no way there are any believable surprises.

No way Kirk wouldn’t know his first officer was the son of an ambassador. No way he wouldn’t know Spock had a half brother or that his parents “adopted” a girl from Earth. No way people on Enterprise would have no idea Kirk had a brother.

In the future eveyone will know a lot about each other – unless – there is a story which explains why they don’t.

Well said, and I agree. So much of Disco and SNW seem predicated on ‘well, they made a creative decision like the ones we did in TOS.. or the movies, so that means we can do that too’. just shows a general lack of originality.

The Sybok revelation was eye-rolling then too, but please, by all means only focus on the one continuity thing I said was “a bit unnecessary.” You’re doing well, and not coming across as silly at all.

Um Kirk’s brother is on Strange New Worlds.

Which doesn’t bother anyone because he was previously introduced in TOS played by Shatner wearing a fake mustache.

If they had introduced him now as an entirely new character, the “real” fans would be up in arms like they were about Michael. “HOW DARE THEY SAY THAT KIRK HAS A BROTHER?!”

Again with the “real” fans comment. Dude, real fans have no issue with any of that.

I have my issues with Discovery but none are the issues you mentioned.

Well, since there are no such things as “real” fans, I’m not worried.

Thank you for that. Fans are fans.

The hate is already starting for the Academy series, so I expect full on hate once it starts. It’s like certain “fans” are in pre-hate mode.

How about we all leave the hating and the preemptive hating of hating and speculation on what haters are going to hate, and just wait for something to actually happen? Musing on what could happen in the movie or SFA makes sense, but the rest feels utterly pointless.

You’re a little late with your message… people started on the hate parade when the show was announced and have been hating on it ever since. I, for one, would rather wait and see the show first.

Me too, so there’s no point in intensifying the debate. Simply saying there’s nothing to comment on to inspire such strong feelings is more productive than twisting to get ahead of what people may or may not hate later and have limited cause to hate now. I don’t see the point of any of it until we get substantive interviews, trailers, clips and actual airings.

You’re preaching to the choir, bud. You need to tell that to the haters.

I think you have things the other way around. Real fans have enjoyed what has come after TOS and TNG. The bandwagon Trekkers have THEIR show, and anything that isn’t it, sucks. As a real fan, I love all Trek. I do love to see what different people see Trek as. I do have what I like better and what I like less… but I am happy that there is Trek still going after so long. And for the Trek that I like less… I don’t bash it over and over and over again like the bandwagon fans do.

Nice to get a S31 update. Fingers crossed January 2025 at the latest.

I am VERY excited for this, not just because of the return of the Emperor (all hail!) but also as a test bed for the streaming movie model. I get the feeling if S31 rates well enough Paramount are keen to test out new ideas as streaming movie first moving forward. And the “lost era/tos movie era” is probably my favourite era aesthetically speaking and I can’t wait to see how they update it for 2024.

I’m also very excited to see how well the streaming movie model does. We might never get a Legacy series, but maybe we can get a Legacy movie. Or maybe we can get a streaming movie about other characters in the Lost Era. Bring it on!

Yeah I would be very keen for a Legacy movie in this format. And I think the runtime of a single movie vs a 10 episode season might help them consolidate what they really envision Legacy to be.

Agreed! I feel like the streaming movie model opens so many fascinating doors. A full series or a theatrical movie are arguably too big to serve as test beds or experimentation, but an ongoing “slot” in the production schedule dedicated to successive streaming films sounds like one hell of a sweeet spot in terms of trying things out as well as exploring corners theatrical films and series wouldn’t have a good chance to dedicate their time to. I’m very very excited about the possibilities of this.

Agreed. I loved the concept of Short Treks as a similar vehicle to test ideas, but ultimately I think the 15 minute runtime (or less!) doesn’t really allow enough time (or budget) to really dedicate to fleshing out these new ideas.

I’m curious about what they’ll do for the uniforms. I know it was a cost-saving measure, but given Starfleet’s obsession with fashion, it’s always been an outlier how they didn’t change their uniforms for 70 years between TWOK and when Picard commanded the Stargazer. Who knew that in the future it will be flared pants that make the biggest comeback?

Haha well as much as flares might be back on the streets in 2024, I’m hoping that’s one part of the uniform they update haha. I’d be really happy with something along the lines of the updated monster maroon they gave Pike in the SNW season 1 finale, but I get the feeling they will likely give us a complete new uniform. I’d love if it was something that really felt like a progression from the TOS movie uniform towards the TNG jumpsuit. But yes, 70 years is definitely the longest Starfleet has gone without updating their uniforms… most times you blink and you’ve missed a new uniform update!

It’s weird, but what I’m most excited to see is the Monster Maroons, and if they go another route, I’m not going to be happy.

My favorite Star Trek uniform, but it doesn’t look as good without the turtleneck undershirt.

I did like the updated version that was shown on SNW, too.

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A winner of 6 Primetime Emmys, among many other awards, Black Mirror has taken the world by storm since its humble beginnings on the UK's Channel 4, with many now considering it the best television anthology series of all time. From mindblowing visuals to eerily true-to-life sci-fi horror , Black Mirror has proven itself to be a series with its pulse on the zeitgeist , able to tap into the deepest fears of our modern world and adapt them into unique and breathtaking stories . For almost a decade, the series has been one of Netflix's flagship shows , with many grabbing their subscription just to indulge in the weird and wonderful world it offers. Not just beloved for its Twilight Zone -esque tales, Black Mirror is also adored for its ever-growing list of famous faces that appear in the ensemble, with the potential for everyone's favorite actor to turn up sometime soon, always enticing.

With six seasons under the show's belt, it was only right for Charlie Brooker and Netflix to collaborate on a seventh, with that news announced recently . So, with that in mind, and with many excited to see which Hollywood icons may turn up next in one of the world's most-watched shows, here is a look at everything we know about Black Mirror Season 7.

When is 'Black Mirror' Season 7 Coming Out?

Although we don't have a confirmed release date yet, Black Mirror Season 7 is expected to arrive sometime in 2025 . It has been reported that Black Mirror Season 7 is set to go into production later this year, so perhaps a mid-late 2025 release window is the most likely. Despite seeming like quite a long time to wait, let's not forget that four years separated seasons 5 and 6 because of the pandemic and both Charlie Brooker and creative partner Annabel Jones leaving their production company House of Tomorrow, making almost two years seem like no time.

Where Can You Watch 'Black Mirror' Season 7?

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As has been the case since they acquired the show back in September 2015, Season 7 of Black Mirror will be exclusively available on Netflix . If you want to catch up on the previous six seasons, all are available right now on Netflix.

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Is There A Trailer For 'Black Mirror' Season 7?

Unsurprisingly, there is not yet any trailer for Black Mirror Season 7. However, a short 30-second teaser , available to watch above, was recently released on the Black Mirror social media accounts, which cryptically hints at the next season and confirms the year of release. In typical Black Mirror fashion, the teaser feels eerily technological, with the uneasy mechanical humming setting a precedent for the unsettling tone we will most likely receive throughout the upcoming seventh outing .

What Will 'Black Mirror' Season 7 Be About?

Almost all the upcoming episodes are being kept tightly under wraps , with it being unlikely that we will receive any plot information until a trailer is released. However, as shown in the trailer description above, it has been confirmed that one episode will be "a sequel to the sci-fi adventure USS Callister." The first episode of Season 4 of the series, USS Callister was a highly-praised sci-fi adventure that stood out glowingly among the mixed bag that was Season 4, with the promise of a return to Black Mirror 's best-loved crew certainly exciting . Sadly, the crew will now be without Captain Robert Daly ( Jesse Plemons ) as it has been confirmed that his character has died off-screen in between the two stories.

Despite not revealing any pivotal plot information, creator Brooker did talk about the show's seventh season with The Hollywood Reporter , suggesting that it might be the most experimental season yet . Brooker said:

"I’m always excited about all of them, but I think we have a really good mix. I’m about to start writing the last one, which actually is terrifying because I probably should have written it several weeks ago! We have a real mix of things, really exciting castings that have happened. I don’t want to jinx it by saying too much. We’re in the bit that I really like, where you’ve locked an episode, so that’s such a good feeling. We’re doing the final polishing of the score and the mix on one of them. And we are doing something really cool right now that we’ve never done before — but I can’t say what it is."

Who is in the Cast For 'Black Mirror' Season 7?

Sadly, there are no casting confirmations as yet for Black Mirror Season 7. However, for one of the episodes, the aforementioned sequel to USS Callister , it is fair to assume that many of the original cast will return. This includes the likes of Cristin Milioti ( The Wolf of Wall Street ) as Nanette Cole, Jimmi Simpson ( Westworld ) as James Walton, Michaela Coel ( I May Destroy You ) as Shania Lowry, Billy Magnussen ( Road House ) as Valdack, Milanka Brooks as ( The Windsors ) Elena Tulaska, Osy Ikhile ( Childhood's End ) as Nate Packer, and Paul G Raymond ( Wonka ) as Kabir Dudani. As for Jesse Plemons ' ( Killers of the Flower Moon ) Robert Daly, the early episode information has confirmed his character is now dead, although perhaps he may return in flashback form.

As for the rest of the episodes, the possibilities are potentially endless, with Black Mirror always showcasing a breadth of top acting talent from the likes of Aaron Paul ( Breaking Bad ) and Andrew Scott ( Fleabag ) to Jon Hamm ( Mad Men ) and Bryce Dallas Howard ( Jurassic World ). Many working actors would likely jump at the opportunity to perform in one of modern television's most celebrated shows, so stay tuned to Collider to find out when casting information is released.

Who is Behind Black Mirror Season 7?

Because the new season isn't yet in production, it is unlikely we will find out exactly who is working behind the scenes for some time. However, we do know that creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones will be back to executive produce alongside their former collaborator, Jessica Rhoades . Some people have contributed to the series multiple times, such as directors Owen Harris and Toby Haynes and producers Louise Sutton and Ian Hogan , so perhaps they may apply their endless talents to the series once again in Season 7.

In his interview with The Hollywood Reporter , Brooker put to bed fears that the show might be ending soon . Despite the long wait between seasons, Brooker is just as enthusiastic about writing episodes, saying:

"I don’t know, because like I said, I’m in a really, really fortunate position where I get to write this stuff, and it gets made, and I get to work with amazing people who also make me look better. And I love every minute. The editing is my favorite, actually. And there’s so much variety, so it’s in many ways inexhaustible. I’m sure I’ll find out when we’re not doing any more seasons! It will be made apparent to me at some point, I’m sure. But I’m in it for the long haul. I’m not going anywhere."

What is the Episode Count For 'Black Mirror' Season 7?

It has been confirmed that Black Mirror Season 7 will consist of six genre-bending and groundbreaking episodes in total. This stays true to most episode count in the series so far and is a one-episode increase on Season 6.

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Yes, Bergerac from Black Mirror 's 'Loch Henry' episode is a real show

The '80s crime series plays a pivotal role in a nightmarish tale from latest Black Mirror season.

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Warning: This article contains spoilers for the "Loch Henry" episode of Black Mirror season 6.

In the latest season of Netflix's Black Mirror , show creator Charlie Brooker casts his withering gaze at the genre of the true crime documentary with the nightmarish episode "Loch Henry." The tale stars Samuel Blenkin and Myha'la Herrold as a couple, Davis and Pia, who decide to make a film about some murders committed decades previously in Davis' remote Scottish hometown. Writer Brooker and director Sam Miller accurately copy the true crime tropes, from vintage news reports to current-day drone shots, in the characters' recreation of the crimes. During the show, Brooker also repeatedly references a TV series called Bergerac , which Davis explains to his American girlfriend is an "old TV show" beloved by his mother Janet (Monica Dolan), who has dozens of episodes recorded on VHS tapes. "Mum had a crush on John Nettles, the guy who played Bergerac," says Davis. "She used to say he had a nice bum."

Given the skill with which the episode's behind-the-scenes team show us Davis and Pia's in-the-works documentary viewers could be forgiven for believing that the footage we see from Bergerac has also been created for Black Mirror and that the show is a figment of Brooker's imagination. In fact, Bergerac is no Brooker invention but a real series which was wildly popular in the U.K. during the '80s and early '90s.

Bergerac indeed starred Nettles as Jim Bergerac a policeman and recovering alcoholic who lives on the photogenic island of Jersey, a self-governing British dependent situated off the coast of France. Created by producer Robert Banks Stewart, the show premiered on BBC in October 1981 and ran for nine seasons, finally ending after a special Christmas episode in December 1991.

Bergerac made a star out of the previously unknown Nettles and at the height of its popularity attracted an audience of around 14 million people, an impressive figure even in a pre-cable, pre-streaming world. The key to that popularity was the show's key coziness, with Bergerac solving crimes in a manner designed to find favor with, or at least not to alarm, viewers of almost all ages.

By choosing to feature this cozy yet popular show, Brooker is commenting on how televisual habits have changed over past few decades, as audiences have gotten accustomed to, and now demand, seemingly ever more outre material. Janet's love for the show, and her coy lusting over Nettles' "bum," also leads the viewer to think Dolan's character is a harmless figure, instead of the killer she is revealed to be by the end of the episode.

Of course, to fully appreciate the impact of Bergerac's appearance on Black Mirror it helps to have previous familiarity with the show, something which Brooker presumably has but neither of the episode's leads can claim. In an interview with the U.K. outlet Metro , Herrold revealed that she had never seen the show while Blenkin admitted that he only possessed a vague memory of the series, while at the same time expressing gratitude to Nettles for the role his character played in the Black Mirror episode. "Somewhere in my memory it sparked something," said the actor. "Davis had a vague awareness of it, I was the same, I had enough. But you know what, John, if you're out there, thank you, for letting us tell your story."

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BET+ was the breakout network this year, garnering its first two series nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series for The Ms. Pat Show and Diarra From Detroit .  Another big first is for series X-Men ’97 becoming the first animated series to receive nominations for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing, and Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series.

“This year’s Black Reel Television Awards marks a significant changing of the guard, as many landmark shows transition, making way for the next generation of Black creatives,” said Black Reel Awards founder, Tim Gordon. “As beloved series conclude their impactful runs, we’re excited for new voices and fresh talent are stepping into the spotlight, eager to continue the legacy of excellence and representation in television.”

Here are the nominees for the 2024 Black Reel Television Awards:

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Comedy Series Abbott Elementary – ABC | Quinta Brunson, showrunner Diarra from Detroit – BET+ | Diarra Kilpatrick, showrunner The Ms. Pat Show – BET+ | Jordan E. Cooper, showrunner Rap Sh!t – MAX | Syreeta Singleton, showrunner Survival of the Thickest – Netflix | Danielle Sanchez-Witzel, showrunner

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Comedy Series

Outstanding supporting performance in a comedy series.

Tone Bell | Survival of the Thickest – Netflix Lionel Boyce | The Bear – FX on HULU Giancarlo Esposito | The Gentlemen – Netflix Janelle James | Abbott Elementary – ABC Danielle Pinnock | Ghosts – CBS Sheryl Lee Ralph | Abbott Elementary – ABC Tami Roman | The Ms. Pat Show – BET+ JB Smoove | Curb Your Enthusiasm – HBO Vince Swann | The Ms. Pat Show – BET+ Tyler James Williams | Abbott Elementary – ABC

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

Chasing Ghosts ( Diarra from Detroit ) | Chioke Nassor, director – BET+ Clueless ( Loot ) | Kevin Bray, director – Apple TV+ Guardians of Godolkin ( Gen V ) – Sanaa Hamri, director – Amazon Prime Video Party ( Abbott Elementary ) – Ken Whittingham, director – ABC You a Big Muthaf*cka ( I’m a Virgo ) – Boots Riley, director – Amazon Prime Video

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

Career Day, Part 1 ( Abbott Elementary ) | Quinta Brunson, writer – ABC Honeydew ( The Bear ) | Stacy Osei-Kuffour, writer – FX on HULU Keep Your Plants Watered, Bitch ( Survival of the Thickest ) | Michelle Buteau & Danielle Sanchez-Witzel, writers – Netflix Librarian ( Abbott Elementary ) | Morgan Murphy, writer – ABC You a Big Muthaf*cka ( I’m a Virgo ) | Boots Riley, writer – Amazon Prime Video

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Comedy Series

Erika Alexander | Run the World – Starz Tatyana Ali | Abbott Elementary – ABC Garcelle Beauvais | Survival of the Thickest – Netflix Jordan E. Cooper | The Ms. Pat Show – BET+ Keegan-Michael Key | Abbott Elementary – ABC Sanaa Lathan | Curb Your Enthusiasm – HBO Da’Vine Joy Randolph | Only Murders in the Building – HULU Phylicia Rashad | Diarra From Detroit – BET+ Cree Summer | Abbott Elementary – ABC Robert Townsend | The Bear – FX on HULU

Outstanding Drama Series

Black Cake – HULU | Marissa Jo Cerar, showrunner The Equalizer – CBS | Andrew Marlowe and Terri Miller, showrunners Lupin – Netflix | George Kay, showrunner Mr. & Mrs. Smith – Amazon Prime Video | Francesca Sloane, showrunner X-Men ‘97 – Disney+ | Beau DeMayo, showrunner

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Drama Series

Rosario Dawson | Ahsoka – Disney+ Idris Elba | Hijack – Apple TV+ Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor | Justified: City Primeval – FX on HULU Giancarlo Esposito | Parish – AMC Donald Glover | Mr. & Mrs. Smith – Amazon Prime Video Quincy Isaiah | Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers – HBO Sonequa Martin-Green | Star Trek: Discovery – Paramount+ Queen Latifah | The Equalizer – CBS Zoe Saldana | Special Ops: Lioness – Paramount+ Omar Sy | Lupin – Netflix

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Drama Series

Joey Bada$$ | Power Book III: Raising Kanan – Starz Malcolm Barrett | Average Joe – BET+ Nicole Beharie | The Morning Show – Apple TV+ Colman Domingo | Fear the Walking Dead   – AMC Gugu Mbatha-Raw | Loki – Disney+ Audra McDonald | The Gilded Age – HBO Wunmi Mosaku | Loki – Disney+ DeVaughn Nixon | Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty –  HBO Karen Pittman | The Morning Show – Apple TV+ Lynn Whitfield | The Chi – Showtime

Black Cake – HULU | Melissa Ho Cerar, showrunner The Equalizer – CBS | Andrew Marlowe and Terri Miller, showrunners Lupin – Netflix | George Kay, showrunner Mr. & Mrs. Smith – Amazon Prime Video | Francesca Sloane, showrunner X-Men ‘97 – Disney+ | Beau DeMayo, showrunner

Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series

A Breakup ( Mr. & Mrs. Smith ) | Donald Glover, director – Amazon Prime Video  BEAT L.A. ( Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty ) | Salli Richardson-Whitfield, director -HBO Eleanor ( Black Cake ) | Natalia Leite, director  – HULU Pilot ( Average Joe ) | Eric Dean Seaton, director – BET+ Tolerance Is Extinction, Part 1 ( X-Men ‘97 ) | Chase Conley, director – Disney+

Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series

Outstanding guest performance in a drama series.

Michael Braugher | The Gilded Age – HBO Michaela Coel | Mr. & Mrs. Smith – Amazon Prime Video  Loretta Devine | Kingdom Business – BET+ Taye Diggs | All American – CW Lisagay Hamilton | Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty – HBO Rashida Jones | Silo – Apple TV+  Rob Morgan | Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty – HBO Wendell Pierce | Power Book III: Raising Kanan – Starz  CCH Pounder | 3 Body Problem – Netflix Susan Kelechi Watson | Will Trent – ABC

Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series 

Genius: MLK/X – National Geographic | Raphael Jackson Jr. & Damione Macedon, showrunners Lawmen: Bass Reeves – Paramount+ | Chad Feehan, showrunner The Other Black Girl – HULU | Gus Hickey & Jordan Reddout, showrunners Them: The Scare – Amazon Prime Video | Little Marvin, showrunner True Detective – HBO | Issa Lopez, showrunner

Outstanding Lead Performance in a TV Movie or Limited Series

Uzo Adbua | Painkiller – Netflix Deborah Ayorinde | Them: The Scare – Amazon Prime Video Zazie Beetz | Black Mirror – Netflix Kelvin Harrison Jr. | Genius: MLK/X – National Geographic Carl Lumbly | The Fall of the House of Usher (Netflix) Ashleigh Murray | The Other Black Girl – HULU Leslie Odom Jr. | Great Performances: Purlie Victorious – PBS David Oyelowo | Lawmen: Bass Reeves – Paramount+ Aaron Pierre | Genius: MLK/X – National Geographic Courtney B. Vance | Heist 88 – Showtime

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a TV Movie or Limited Series

Jelani Alladin | Fellow Travelers – Showtime Don Cheadle | Secret Invasion – Disney+ Luke James | Them: The Scare – Amazon Prime Video Pam Grier | Them: The Scare – Amazon Prime Video Jharrel Jerome | Full Circle – MAX Ron Cephas Jones | Genius: MLK/X – Amazon Prime Video Aja Naomi King | Lessons in Chemistry’ – Apple TV+ Lamorne Morris | Fargo – FX on HULU Kali Reis | True Detective – HBO Noah J. Ricketts | Fellow Travelers – Showtime

Outstanding Directing in a TV Movie or Limited Series

CH 3 COOH (Lessons in Chemistry) |  Millicent Shelton, director – Apple TV+ Graduation (Genius: MLK/X) | Channing Godfrey Peoples, director – National Geographic One Of Us Is Gonna Die Tonight (Them: The Scare) | Little Marvin, director – Amazon Prime Video Saddlebags (A Man In Full) | Regina King, director – Netflix  To Be Young, Gifted and Broke (The Other Black Girl) | Mariama Diallo, director – HULU

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Are You Scared? (Them: The Scare)   | Little Marvin, writer – Amazon Prime Video Graduation (Genius: MLK/X) | Jeff Steson, writer  – National Geographic Matriarchs (Genius: MLK/X) | Sigrid Gilmer, writer – National Geographic Part V (Lawmen: Bass Reeves) | Terence Anthony, writer – Paramount+ White Nights (Fellow Travelers) | Brandon K. Hines & Ron Nyswaner, writers – Showtime

Outstanding Variety, Sketch or Talk – Series or Special

A Grammy Salute to 50 Years of Hip Hop – CBS The Apple Music Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show Starring Usher – CBS Great Performances: Purlie Victorious – PBS The Jennifer Hudson Show – Syndication Trevor Noah: Where I Was – Netflix

Outstanding Documentary

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