“Black Mirror” executive producers Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones rarely collaborate with other writers. But they made a couple high-profile exceptions for season three of their sci-fi anthology.
Brooker and Jones revealed Wednesday at the Television Critics Association’s press tour that Rashida Jones and Mike Schur co-wrote one episode and Dan Trachtenberg wrote another.
“It turned out they were fans of the show, and the feelings were mutual,” Brooker said of Jones, star of “Parks & Recreation” and “Angie Tribeca,” and Schur, executive producer of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “The Good Place.” Their episode stars Bryce Dallas Howard and was directed by Joe Wright. “It was a social satire about identity in the social media age. That’s about the most boring way I could describe it.”
Trachtenberg, the filmmaker behind “10 Cloverfield Lane,” wrote a video game-themed episode.
An anthology series in the tradition of “The Twilight Zone,” each episode of “Black Mirror” is a self-contained episode dealing with intersections of society and technology.
“This year is free publicity for our show,” Brooker said. “People are always coming up to me and saying ‘That’s a bit Black Mirror’,’ [with] the situation we’re finding ourselves in across the globe. I don’t think there’s anything where we thought we should’ve gone further.”
He added, “I didn’t see Pokemon Go coming.”
Jones spoke to the timeliness of the series, saying, “We’re trying to dramatize very contemporary concerns – in our current climate and with the technological advancements, we’re in a place that feels very alien. We’re evolving as a species and we don’t really know how yet.
Brooker and Jones were asked whether they recommend binge viewing of the show. Like all other Netflix series, the new season of “Black Mirror” is seeing all its episodes released at once.
“No one worries about binge reading or binge texting or binge Pokeman,” Brooker said. He added that he and Jones approach the show as if curating a film festival. “If you want to watch six films in a row, have a go.”