We’re highly anticipating the fifth season of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror and it looks like Netflix will be giving us something to hold us over until they’re ready to drop it. The streaming service has just now released a trailer for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, a feature film set in the Black Mirror universe and starring Dunkirk’s Fionn Whitehead and Detroit’s Will Poulter.
Whitehead plays a young programmer who has hopes of creating a computer game inspired by an adventure novel given to him as a child titled Bandersnatch.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Black Mirror series, it’s a British show that takes the horror/sci-fi anthology model created by The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits to new creepy heights giving it a modern twist focusing on technological advancements. Most episodes either focus on the negative aspects of technology in society or the abuse of digital people referred to as cookies. Most episodes don’t exactly have happy endings, but some of them do and the concepts will stick for you, considering that some of their near-future science fiction stories could actually happen one day making them even more skin-crawling to watch.
We normally don’t get to see Black Mirror material set in the past, so maybe this could be queuing up some extra stuff concerning the mythology and possibly the origins of the cookie technology?
Bandersnatch is the title of the fantasy novel that the main character wants to adapt into a video game, but its origin comes from author Lewis Carroll and the name has been used in various video games, so the use for Black Mirror seems fitting.
A Bandersnatch is a fictional creature in Lewis Carroll’s 1872 novel Through the Looking-Glass and his 1874 poem The Hunting of the Snark.
Could this be setting up one of the first instances of an artificial reality in the Black Mirror universe?
A huge clue is that there is a poster for what seems to be a game called “Metl Hedd”, with an image of the killer robot dog from the episode Metalhead. Could that have taken place in a digital video game? Plenty of theories suggested the humans in that game were actually cookies and wasn’t actually taking place in the real world. This might be the first real clue to if that was really happening or not. The movie is said to be directed by Metalhead’s David Slade, so quite possibly the two could be very well connected.
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch will be available to stream on Netflix tomorrow on December 28th. It’s unknown when they’ll announce the release dates for Black Mirror season five.