It’s become impossible to count all the times that Black Mirror has predicted the future. It seems every new season brings along terrifying new ways technology can be used against humanity. But Charlie Brooker and his gang of nerds aren’t just sitting around day-dreaming doomsday scenarios, they’re also figuring out how to link the episodes of their bleak science fiction series together. Many of the easter eggs in Black Mirror pass by so quickly that you don’t even realize you’ve seen a callback to a previous episode or a reference to another piece of mind-bending science fiction.
Counting all the references in Black Mirror is an unenviable task, but luckily that’s been taken care of for you. The references in Season 4 of Black Mirror tackle everything from classic writers to shots from the most popular science fiction franchise in history, and even hearken back to some of the best Black Mirror episodes. Keep reading to see if you managed to spot all of the Black Mirror hidden references, or if you saw something that everyone else missed.
The Car's Computer In 'Metalhead' Thumbs Its Nose At Fans
There isn't much levity in the Season 4 episode "Metalhead," but Charlie Brooker found a way to inject some semblance of a smile into the utterly apocalyptic 40 minutes. During a particularly tense scene where a doomed character is attempting to hack into a car, a message appears on the car's screen. It mocks anyone who pauses the episode to look for hidden messages:
Prime Minister Callow's Story Is Told Throughout The Series
The very first episode of Black Mirror, "The National Anthem," follows Prime Minister Callow as he's forced to have televised sex with a pig in order to save the life of a member of the royal family. The episode ends with Callow being estranged from his wife, though he still has a job. But, if you've been paying attention to the never-ending news crawls on Black Mirror, then you've seen Callow's fate play out in a non-linear fashion.
A Newspaper Article In 'Crocodile' Pokes Fun At Super Fans
This easter egg proves that Charlie Brooker knows how closely people are watching Black Mirror – and that he thinks it's really weird. Sharp-eyed fans watching the Season 4 episode "Crocodile" noticed a message typed into an article that Mia reads:
“Of course the real question is why anyone would pause what they’re watching just to read a sentence in a printed out newspaper article, says a voice in your head – before advising you to go and share this finding on Reddit.”
Elena Uses An In-Universe Dating App In 'USS Callister'
The Season 4 premiere "USS Callister" is basically an easter egg machine. When the audience is first thrust into the real world, they're taken to Callister Inc. There, they meet Elena, the company's receptionist. Not only is she busy using the dating app from the later episode "Hang the DJ," but her shade of nail polish is the same as her character's in-game skin.