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Did you love the episode ‘U.S.S. Callister’—Black Mirror’s incredibly detailed homage to Star Trek? If so, you’re definitely not alone—it’s been widely dubbed by fans and the media as the “best episode” of season four, or one of the best in the entire series.
Its creators aren’t yet willing to let go of its potential, thankfully. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, director Toby Haynes described that he’s ready to create an entire spinoff series of the ‘U.S.S. Callister’.
The episode circles ‘Robert Daly’—a tech guy from a video game company—who digitally clones his coworkers to make them play characters in his spaceship simulation. On paper, he’s a heroic and fearless captain; in actuality, he’s narcissistic and abuses his “crew.”
The detail in the ‘U.S.S. Callister’ is substantial—viewers have pointed out that it’s even produced in Star Trek’s 4:3 aspect ratio.
“‘U.S.S. Callister’ is probably one of the best pilots for a space show ever,” Haynes declared to the Hollywood Reporter.
“I was talking with Louise Sutton, who produced [‘U.S.S. Callister’] and ‘Metalhead’, and she cooked up a brilliant idea of spinning it off into a TV series… I’m keen to see it as a television series.”
Actress Cristin Milioti, who plays a character that ‘Daly’ appears to have a crush on, has expressed her interest on reprising her role. Actor Jimmi Smith has also said that he would “love” to be part of the ‘U.S.S. Callister’ again.
Haynes said that if the series ends up becoming a reality, it might follow “this brilliant idea that [‘Robert Daly’] 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.”
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