Posted on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 by Peter Sciretta
By now, you’ve probably binge-watched your way through Black Mirror Season 3 and are trying to decide which episode you enjoyed the most. While you’ve been enjoying Charlie Brooker‘s dark science fiction anthology series, you may not have noticed that all of the episodes are actually connected, albeit loosely. And no, I’m not talking about the fact the connected theme about the consequences of technology. I’m talking about actual storyline and character connections.
Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker has noted that “each episode has a different cast, a different setting, even a different reality. But they’re all about the way we live now – and the way we might be living in 10 minutes’ time if we’re clumsy.” Although recently on a Reddit Ask Me Anything, Booker admitted that they all actually “take place in the same psychological universe” with “sometimes explicit links.” Hit the jump, and we’ll explore the Black Mirror connections.
Before we dive in, let me first explain that we are not ruining some big reveal. These are more like easter eggs than anything else. Brooker told Thrillist that he’s “read a couple things where people have tried to work out whether this whole thing is set in one coherent universe, and my view is if they want to believe that, that’s fine.”
“But I don’t approach it that way, any more than The Twilight Zone was set in one coherent universe. It’s probably all in the same psychological universe.”
On Reddit, he added that: “there have been ideas for ‘expanded’ versions of some of the stories.”
“I have an idea for a sequel to White Bear for instance. Sometimes the tech (or something similar to it) shows up again in other episodes if there’s an irresistible story to be told.”
While the first five episodes of Black Mirror feature virtually no references to previous stories and characters, it seems as if Brooker decided this might be a fun thing to entertain sometime during the second season of the series. And now it looks like it may even be possible that we could see sequels or revisit some of these characters in future Black Mirror stories.
Be warned, plot points might be spoiled for the first three seasons of this show in the Black History connections timeline below:
The Waldo Moment
In the Black Mirror Season 2 episode “The Waldo Moment” directed by Bryn Higgins, you can see Jessica Brown Findlay’s character Abi Khan on a billboard next to a Waldo advertisement. This is a reference to “Fifteen Million Merits,” the second episode of the first season of Black Mirror which features Abi entering to be a contestant on an X-Factor style game show called Hot Shots, which offers a chance for people to get out of the slave-like world around them.
On television, we see the headline: “Geraint Fitch cleared of wrongdoing following paparazzi scuffle,” which is the same headline that was also featured on television network UKN in both “The Waldo Moment” and “The National Anthem.”
In the 2014 television special “White Christmas” directed by Carl Tibbetts also features a few references to “Fifteen Million Merits.” In the Karaoke scene, a song is sung entitled “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)”, which is the same song sung by Abi on the TV show ‘Hot Shot’. Series creator Charlie Brooker explains to Thrillest the inensions behind the inclusion:
We had the Irma Thomas song come back in because it does sort of nest the whole thing together in some kind of artistic universe, to sound wanky for a moment. So it is deliberate, but it’s not part of some grand unveiling that this is all set in the year 2030 or something.
On television, we not only see a “Hot Shots” special featuring breakout winner Selma, the Toy Soldiers segment also featured in “Fifteen Million Merits,” and a shot of the television show from season two episode “The Waldo Moment“. “CALLOW ANNOUNCES DIVORCE” also shows up as a news snippet.
One of the television stations is named “UKN,” which was featured in “The National Anthem” from season one of the series. Also, the bottom scroll mentions PM Liam Munroe, the politician who served as the main antagonist from season two episode three “The Waldo Moment.” Liam Monroe was elected to during “The Waldo Moment,” which seems to suggest that the events in “White Christmas” take place after after “The National Anthem.”
The news scroll also mentions “Skillane appeal bid rejected,” a reference to Lenora Crichlow’s character Victoria Skillane, a criminal who kidnapped and murdered a little girl from season two episode two “White Bear.” It appears her court appeal in was rejected and is now in the sentencing phase of her trial.
And lastly, one of the viewers watching Harry try to pick up Jennifer at the Christmas party has the online screenname “Pie-Ape,” which was a derogatory term for fat people used in “Fifteen Million Merritts.” While another one of the online viewers has the screenname “I am Waldo,” a reference to “The Waldo Moment.”
The Entire History of You
In the third episode of season one entitled “The Entire History of You” directed by Brian Welsh, Bethany seems to be using the same brand of pregnancy test as the one displayed in season two episode one “Be Right Back.” The designs are different which might indicate different years, but the animation is the same.