All right, this settles it. With the news that Netflix has picked up Black Mirror Season 3, I am officially convinced that they are the patron saint of Things I Like But Was Almost Convinced I Could Not Have. Not only have they brought us gripping original programming like Orange Is The New Black, Daredevil, and House of Cards (yes, I know there was a British version first), but they also have been swooping around the world like a superhero rescuing brilliant shows that wouldn't have a shot anywhere but their specific streaming platform. They grabbed up The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt after it was rejected by NBC, where it likely would have struggled to pull in viewers anyway, got Arrested Development back together for a fourth season, which I thought was impossible, and made the original cast of the newly-rescued Wet Hot American Summer so comfortable that they all returned for the reboot.
I know that, first and foremost, this is a company that wants to make money — as every company does — but they're also doing a great job making me feel like they have my back and are trying to give me what I want. And, case in point, one of the things I very much wanted was more Black Mirror! I became infatuated with the first two seasons of the UK sci-fi series like everyone else, when Netflix made Seasons 1 and 2 of Black Mirror available to stream in Dec. 2014. But I hardly dared to believe that they'd be so generous with Season 3, now that they saw the world had a taste for it. I figured I'd have to find it on pay-per-view or rent it on iTunes. But not so!
Not only did Netflix directly commission the next season, but it will be 12 episodes! Swoon! There's no premiere date as yet, but production is beginning later this year. This really is happening; you can stop holding your breath now. And, if it's possible, the show's creator Charlie Brooker is just as excited as you are, saying of the partnership:
It's all very exciting — a whole new bunch of Black Mirror episodes on the most fitting platform imaginable. Netflix connects us with a global audience so that we can create bigger, stranger, more international and diverse stories than before, whilst maintaining that Black Mirror feel.
It really is the perfect fit, isn't it? This might just be the Black Mirror talking, but the fact that Netflix so consistently gives me exactly what I want is enough to wonder if they've implanted some kind of chip in my brain or something. They're that good.
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