WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, streaming now on Netflix.
Although there remains a bit of a wait for the fifth season of Black Mirror, fans are kept busy by unlocking multiple endings of the series' first standalone feature, the interactive Bandersnatch. However, as we've come to expect from co-creator Charlie Brooker, there are multiple layers to be explored in the film, including multiple references to previous episodes of the anthology.
Here's a look at all the Easter eggs we found that leave you wondering more about Brooker's dark Black Mirror multiverse.
THE METALHEAD IS STILL BANGING
The fifth episode of Season 4, "Metalhead," focused on robotic guard dogs that turned on humanity. That led to a post-apocalyptic world in which survivors scavenge for supplies, and one dog pursues Bella, later revealed to be a soldier scouring for teddy bears for kids.
Bandersnatch calls back to the dogs when its star Stefan (Fionn Whitehead) is seen talking to his boss Mohan (Asim Chaudhry) at the video game company, Tuckersoft. While they're conversing, we see a poster for a "Metl Hedd" game, featuring the dog itself, and we catch a quick glimpse of an 8-bit run-through with a dog chasing down a human. It's self-referential, as Bandersnatch director David Spade also helmed the "Metalhead" episode.
SAN JUNIPERO LIVES
Season 3's Emmy-winning fourth episode, "San Junipero," is one of the series' most beloved. It deals with a beach resort known as San Junipero, revealed to be a virtual world set across different time periods. Dead people could upload their artificial consciousness there to live forever, while visitors are allowed trial tests, which means they could make one-off trips, or even date there.
In Bandersnatch, Stefan's psychiatrist, Dr. R. Haynes (Alice Lowe), treats him at the Saint Juniper Medical Practice. Coincidentally, in Season 4's "Black Museum," the villain Rolo Haynes, a sadistic treasure collector (of, among other things, humans), also worked at a Saint Juniper Hospital in New York, suggesting Brooker loves to make this the setting where people's mental health can either be healed or broken.
TAKING A NOSEDIVE
The Season 3 premiere, "Nosedive," revolved around Bryce Dallas Howard's Lacie using eye implants and mobile devices in a world in which people rated everyone else on a five-star system, based on their interactions. It's a popularity contest on a large scale, with bad ratings making you a social outcast.
When Stefan meets his mentor, Colin (Will Poulter), at Tuckersoft, the genius is busy working on a game called Nohzdyve. It's one in which a person literally plummets off a cliff while trying to pick up special badges and points, similar to what Lacie went through socially. Ironically, Bandersnatch fans might have a very slight chance of playing this in the real world.