Bandersnatch: all the Easter Eggs and cultural influences
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch tells the story of Stefan Butler (played by Fionn Whitehead), an aspiring video game developer who becomes obsessed by the concepts of agency, control, and parallel realities, divergent, also thanks to the fact that the story itself is interactive and that the choices of the viewer/play will lead to different endings (if you're curious to find out how to do to be able to unlock all, including a movie super secret that few have seen, I suggest you take a look at my guide).
Therefore, we could say that those who watch/play the Bandersnatch can also be considered a co-author of the episode set of Charlie Brooker, creator of Black Mirror, as well as the screenwriter of this episode, the direction of which is the work of David Slater, former director of films such as Hard Candy, various music videos and in the fifth episode of the fourth season of Black Mirror, Metalhead.
ATTENTION! FROM THIS point ONWARDS The ARTICLE will CONTAIN SPOILERS, MASSIVE, ON the BANDERSNATCH AND OTHER EPISODES OF BLACK MIRROR!
As in any experience in video-games like this (in the sense of an adventure that is both visual and playful at the same time), some decisions will not have any impact on the story (such as the choice of cereals for breakfast), while others will modify greatly the course and will lead to outcomes very intense (you can let go of the poor Stefan out of head in many different ways), violence (from suicide to murder) and chilling (once you did kill Stefan and his father with a well-aimed shot of an ashtray glass on the skull, you can decide whether to let him bury the corpse or if the person who saw off the pieces).
Now, since one of the main features of this very first episode interactive Black Mirror is the fact that it often is able to transcend its medium, thanks to the continuous references to the real world and the frequent piercing of the fourth wall, it is no wonder if within it there are also many references in the very first place to other episodes of Black Mirror, but also to events and real individuals. Let's start with precisely the examples of self-reference, and then analyze Easter Egg and curiosity, which are related to the real world.
05. PLAYTEST (DANGEROUS GAMES)/SAN JUNIPERO/METALHEAD/BLACK MUSEUM
Let's start with the name of the production house of video games Tuckersoft, which is very reminiscent of that of the TCKR Systems, a company with a presence in 4 other episodes of Black Mirror, which are, in chronological order:
Playtest (Dangerous Games): in the second episode of the third season, the company is mentioned on the cover of the Edge magazine, and says he's going to “transform nostalgia into a game”:
Now, let's take a look a little more closely at the bottom right corner of the front cover of this issue of Edge magazine, which lists the reviews present on the inside. You notice something strange and familiar?
In this case, the parties are reversed: the Bandersnatch is present in the form of an Easter Egg in a previous episode, in a play of references between past, present and the future, which therefore leaves it an open question: how many Easter eggs that relate to future seasons of Black Mirror are present in the Bandersnatch that is not right before the fifth season of the series will not see the light this year?
San Junipero in the fourth episode of the third season, the TCKR is the company that created the immersive reality of the post-mortem, San Junipero:
Metalhead: in the fifth episode of the fourth season, the logo of the TCKR is visible for a brief moment in the van of Beautiful (Maxine Peake) and his companions.
The Black Museum: in the sixth and final episode of the fourth season, is this the character of Rolo Haynes (Douglas Hodge), a former employee of the TCKR:
But the references to the Black Museum does not end here! Take a look at the image below:
The woman on the left in the picture above is dr. R. Haynes, the therapist of our increasingly crazy Stefan, and if his name seems vaguely familiar it's probably because the man to his right in the picture is called Rolo Haynes, who is not a former employee of the infamous TCKR of which I spoke earlier, as well as the owner of the Black Museum, which is spoken in the eponymous sixth and final episode of the fourth season of Black Mirror: that the two are in some way related to one another?
As we have seen, the Bandersnatch is not of course the first episode is full of references to previous episodes, on the contrary, it is precisely the opposite is true. The points of contact between all of the different stories discussed in this dystopian anthology series, there are so many as to imply that they are in fact all connected to one another in a single timeline, for which a representation of a future, very little desirable does not exclude the other. But this is another story.
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