Wednesday, June 5, 2019
(Warning: This post contains major spoilers for “Black Mirror” Season 5)
The fifth season of “Black Mirror” dropped Wednesday, giving fans three new stories starring Miley Cyrus, Anthony Mackie and Andrew Scott. But along with the new came an nod to the old, as there are several ways in which Season 5 connects to the rest of the Charlie Brooker-created anthology series’ universe.
TheWrap has rounded up all the ways the trio of episodes — “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too,” “Smithereens,” and “Striking Vipers” — make references to details from the show’s first four seasons. See our list below and chime in with any we might have missed.
“Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too”
1. “Sea of Tranquility”
Rachel and Jack are watching the news in their room when anchor refers to a “Sea of Tranquility” reboot. This reference is twofold. 1) This is the “HBO moon Western” first mentioned in Season 1’s “The National Anthem,” that the special effects expert, who was called in to digitally remove the Prime Minister, worked on. 2) The show is referred to again in Season 3’s “Nosedive,” when Lacie Pound has to hitchhike with “Sea of Tranquility” fans headed to convention for the series.
Tusk is a character from Season 3’s “Hated in the Nation” who pops up in the same news broadcast mentioned above, when the anchor says he “makes a boo-boo” on a British TV show.
3. A bunch in a news ticker
We can’t make out the full headline of each story that appears in the scroll at the bottom of the screen during the Ashley O news report, but here is what we could decipher: “Architect arrested on multiple murder charges” (Season 4’s “Crocodile”), “SaitoGemu shares jump on Striking Vipers release” (Season 3’s “Playtest” and Season 5’s “Striking Vipers”), “Museum owner’s body found in smoking ruins,” (Season 4’s “Black Museum.”)
4. Willow Grain
Aside from all that during the broadcast itself is a commercial that airs ahead of the news segment, which advertises a “Willow Grain upgrade.” This is a memory recording implant device that first appears in the Season 1 episode “The Entire History of You.”
5. “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)”
This chilling Irma Thomas song has been featured in numerous episodes of “Black Mirror” and we hear a haunting rendition performed by Ashley O when she is in a coma and her aunt’s team is using Ashley’s mind and the “Ashley Too” vocal-mimicking software to create new music.
Toward the beginning of the episode, Ashley’s aunt is seen using the titular social media app from Season 5’s “Smithereens.”
7. Saint Juniper
Ashley O is rushed to St. Juniper’s ICU after her “allergic reaction to shellfish” that leaves her in a coma. It’s a clear shout-out to Season 3’s “San Junipero,” as well as the interactive “Black Mirror” movie “Bandersnatch,” in which Stefan’s psychiatrist, Dr. Haynes, works in the Saint Juniper Medical Practice. Rolo Haynes (maybe relation?) also worked at a Saint Juniper Hospital in New York, during one of the stories in Season 4’s “Black Museum.”
We actually found no references to previous episodes in “Smithereens,” so please let us know if you did.
1. Tcker Systems
Tcker is a neural research and technology company thatd was featured in “Playtest,” “San Junipero,” Season 4’s “Metalhead” and “Black Museum,” as well as “Bandersnatch.” Tckr is the maker of the VR add-on Danny and Karl use to play the virtual reality game “Striking Vipers X.”
2. The polar bear
One of the characters you can choose to play as in the video game “Striking Vipers” is a large white polar bear. We refuse to accept this isn’t at a nod to the Season 2 episode “White Bear.”
The video game company that created “Striking Vipers X” is the same one featured in Season 3’s “Playtest.”
Source: the wrap feed