In December, Netflix’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch crossed the threshold between streaming entertainment and “gaming” with a point-and-click parable about the possibilities of life and the often dire consequence of choice.
Bandersnatch felt like a last hurrah for the anthology series; instead of simply envisioning a radical future for mankind’s inventions, creator Charlie Brooker embraced technology while skewering it. But Black Mirror isn’t logging off just yet: a new season, consisting of “three all-new episodes,” according to the Netflix announcement, will arrive on June 5.
Brooker once again wrote the trio of episodes, which, for now, don’t have titles or synopsis. All we can go off of are hints of tech life — Alexa-like helper bots, optical enhancements, VR body suits, neural scans, and password-protected handheld devices — and the promise that shit will inevitably go down.
Black Mirror season 5 has a stacked cast, all on display in the first trailer. Anthony Mackie, Miley Cyrus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Topher Grace, Damson Idris, Andrew Scott, Nicole Beharie, Pom Klementieff, Angourie Rice, Madison Davenport, and Ludi Lin all appear in the episode, all though it’s unclear which characters cross each other’s paths throughout this season.
Black Mirror fans are already hard at work scrutinizing the footage, decoding any and all Easter eggs connected to the Brooker’s universe, and speculating of what the creator may not be telling us. As one YouTube commenter speculates, previous Black Mirror seasons on Netflix have consisted of five to six episodes. Season 5 touts only three — but could “three all-new episodes” be a way of hiding that there’ll be three additional, sequel-ish episodes? Or is Brooker just following his three-a-season model from the UK days?
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Black Mirror season 5 streams in full on June 5. Here are a handful of first look images from the season.