‘Black Mirror’ Is Doing a ‘Star Trek’ Episode in Season 4

Netflix has just released our first look at Black Mirror‘s fourth season, and it appears that one of the episodes will be inspired by Star Trek. 

In a new clip posted to Netflix’s YouTube channel, the episode titles of season four are revealed, and one of them is called “USS Callister.” Only a few brief shots from the episode are shown off in the trailer, but it’s pretty clearly meant to be reminiscent of Star Trek, with Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad, Fargo) playing the captain of a ship that looks an awful lot like the USS Enterprise.

Jesse Plemons in Black Mirror

Jesse Plemons in ‘Black Mirror’ season four. l Netflix

The “USS Callister” section of the trailer also features a shot of a person glowing yellow, followed by a shot of a woman screaming as her arms glow the same color and seem to be disappearing in front of her. That woman is played by Cristin Milioti, who starred alongside Plemmons in Fargo season two and also played the mother on How I Met Your Mother.

Cristin Milioti in Black Mirror season four

Cristin Milioti in ‘Black Mirror’ season four. l Netflix

The only other shots from the episode we see in this trailer are of the crew of the USS Callister bracing as the ship travels through an asteroid field. Filling out the rest of the ship’s crew will be Westworld‘s Jimmi Simpson and Chewing Gum‘s Michaela Coel.

“USS Callister” is directed by Toby Haynes, who previously directed Sherlock‘s “The Reichenbach Fall” and Doctor Who‘s “The Big Bang.” Like every other episode of Black Mirror, it is written by Charlie Brooker, the show’s creator.

On the surface, “USS Callister” seems like a major departure for Black Mirror. After all, the show has never before had an episode that does not take place on Earth, and a typical Black Mirror outing is far more grounded than what we see here. But some fans theorize that “USS Callister” won’t actually feature real space travel and that the characters are actually in some sort of virtual reality simulation. Another theory is that it follows the cast of a sci-fi TV series and that we’re seeing the show-within-the-show in this clip.

The logo of Black Mirror

The logo of Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror.’ l Netflix

Either way, now’s the perfect time for Black Mirror to do a Star Trek inspired episode. Season four will hit Netflix not long after the premiere of CBS’ Star Trek: Discovery, as well as Fox’s Star Trek parody The Orville. 

Black Mirror‘s fourth season will also feature the episodes “Crocodile,” “Arkangel,” “Hang the DJ,” “Metalhead,” and “Black Museum.” We don’t know much about the plot of these episodes, although it appears that “Black Museum” will be about a device that allows the user to feel another person’s pain; this was based on an idea by Penn Jillette, according to Slashfilm.

Netflix has not yet set a release date for Black Mirror season four, but it’s expected to start streaming later this year.