Black Mirror is an anthology series that enjoys great prestige. Since Netflix bought it after the first two seasons, the series has been releasing more and more episodes, until it reached a hiatus just before the pandemic that has not been recovered until the sixth season, which will arrive next June.
With the latest trailer for season six, however, something has been uncovered that could make us see the series in a very different way. It’s an idea that has been on the minds of many viewers for years, but with the latest trailer it could have picked up more steam… and end up materializing into something surprising.
But first let’s take a look at the aforementioned trailer:
Is it all together in Black Mirror?
We have always believed that Black Mirror is a reflection on the future and the weight of technology based on telling independent stories that have nothing to do with each other. And well, that has been the case so far, and it seems that it will continue to be the theme tune of the series. But what if all the stories, in reality, belonged to the same connected universe?
With the release of the new trailer for Black Mirror season 6, which will feature five new episodes that will continue the series’ impressive legacy, certain elements have arrived that could reinforce this theory.
In the opening shots of the trailer for the upcoming season of Black Mirror, two characters are shown watching a television platform called Streamberry. Streamberry appears to be a parody of Netflix itself, and is a satirical home for hundreds of fictional movies and TV series, some of which even reference previous episodes of Black Mirror. In fact, the fictional streaming app appears to set the events of the first episode of Black Mirror season 6: Joan Is Awful.
But we see more as other productions appear on the Streamberry app screen. The fictional series The Callow Years references the character of Prime Minister Michael Callow from the first episode of Black Mirror: The National Anthem. Also, in the bottom corner of the Streamberry screen is Junipero Dreaming, which references the popular San Junipero episode from season 3. And we also see a reference to the pop star character Ashley O, played by Miley Cyrus in season 5.
This is not the first time we see connected references in Black Mirror. The series has several subtle references and nods to other episodes that support the theory of Black Mirror’s shared universe. Examples of these easter eggs include the recurring white bear symbol first introduced in season 1 episode 2: White Bear. It is the white geometric emblem represents absolute government control and lack of individual freedom of choice, and has appeared in several episodes.
It also features references to the fictional video game company Tuckersoft, or TCKR. TCKR is the developer of the paradise community San Junipero. But it is also the creator of a video game series referenced in episodes such as Pig In A Poke and White Bear.
Streamberry’s introduction into the world of Black Mirror could tie together some of its previous episodes in a previously inconceivable way. Some of the fictional content seen in Streamberry could exist as such, meaning that the Netflix episode San Junipero could be part of a Streamberry drama series in the Black Mirror universe. Also, Ashley O appears to be an actual celebrity in the Black Mirror world, which connects to the shared universe theory in new ways.
There are several more references we see in the trailer that could make it clear that, behind everything we’re seeing, there’s a bigger plan: perhaps we’re being made into the protagonists of Black Mirror ourselves, and Netflix is nothing more than a Streamberry version of our reality. Be that as it may, it looks like genius.
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