Better clear your schedule on June 5 because not only is the third season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” premiering, but Netflix announced Wednesday that Season 5 of “Black Mirror” will drop that day too.
Season 5 consists of three episodes and stars Anthony Mackie, Miley Cyrus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Topher Grace, Damson Idris, Andrew Scott, Nicole Beharie, Pom Klementieff, Angourie Rice, Madison Davenport and Ludi Lin.
Netflix also dropped a trailer as well (watch above), whetting our appetites for all the different ways technology is destroying our lives. A bespectacled Mackie hiding something from Beharie, most likely those ladies he’s been swiping right on. There is a cute but creepy Alexa-like device of which someone warns, “It’s not a doll. That thing is poison.” Cyrus is in meta mode as a pop star whose purple hair looks strikingly similar to the plastic mop on top of that doll. Hmm.
Season 5 comes less than six months after “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” was released at the end of December and a year and a half after Season 4 debuted in December 2017. This cycle is the first one since Netflix’s acquisition in 2015 to not consist of six episodes.
Episode titles and runtimes were not announced, but if Netflix wants to submit one of the standalone episodes at the 2020 Emmys as a TV movie — a category “Black Mirror” has won twice in 2017 for “San Junipero” and 2018 for “USS Callister” — then they need to be at least 75 minutes long. That’s the new rule in place this year, which would’ve disqualified “San Junipero” but not “USS Callister.” “Bandersnatch,” a choose-your-own-adventure installment with five endings, has an average runtime of 90 minutes, with the shortest one being 40 minutes. It’s currently the predicted Best TV Movie winner in our Emmy odds.
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