‘Black Mirror’ Easter Eggs: How All the Episodes Connect in Charlie Brooker’s Dark Universe

While the beauty of “Black Mirror” is its standalone anthology storytelling – well, that and its creepy-dark tales of tech innovations gone wrong – once the show got a season under its belt, it started to have a little fun within the world that Charlie Brooker had created. Episodes could feature references to past episodes, either as news stories on the telly or using technology that had been introduced previously.

It’s an ingenious way to give back to devoted viewers at the same time inspiring repeat viewings to catch all the references or experience the original episodes in a new way. As IndieWire’s Steve Greene noted, the season finale of Season 4, “Black Museum,” feels like a fitting end to the entire series, partly because of its narrative structure, but also because of its many nods to past episodes within the confines of the museum.

Bonus: Production designer Joel Collins spoke to IndieWire about using the original props to create some of these Easter eggs. In addition, his name can also be seen in “Black Museum.” Collins said, “I’m aware that I’m in there twice… and that may mean nothing to anyone else, but it means a lot to me. It’s quite funny. But there’s a lot going on in there. A lot.”

One of our favorite Easter eggs, though, isn’t a reference to the “Black Mirror” universe at all, but to its streaming platform. In Season 4’s “USS Callister,” Robert Daly (Jesse Plemons) notes that even though he has favorite vintage sci-fi show “Space Fleet” on DVD, “Netflix has it these days.”

Here’s our best attempt at catching all the various references hidden throughout the seasons. It starts with Season 2 because the first season – consisting of “The National Anthem,” “Fifteen Million Merits,” and “The Entire History of You” – didn’t have episodes to reference yet.

The list is in chronological order by episode, so for those who want to check out the lists for the newest episodes first, here are the direct links the Season 3 Easter eggs and Season 4 Easter eggs.

SEASON 2

“Be Right Back”

Connection to: “The National Anthem”
– The UKN news channel is the same one seen in the very first episode of the series. This will be repeated throughout the series to the point we won’t mention it again.
– The headline, “Geraint Fitch cleared of wrongdoing following paparazzi scuffle,” is the same exact headline seen on TV during “The National Anthem.”

Unconnected Easter egg:
– When Martha is mourning the loss of her husband Ash, she sees three books about grieving in her email. One is written by Erica McEwan who shares the same name as “Black Mirror’s” graphic art director.

“White Bear”

– No references found so far.

“The Waldo Moment”

Connection to: “The National Anthem”
– The headline, “Geraint Fitch cleared of wrongdoing following paparazzi scuffle,” is the same exact headline seen on TV during “The National Anthem.”

Connection to: “Fifteen Million Merits”:

– Jessica Brown Findlay’s character Abi Khan is seen on a billboard next to a Waldo ad.
– Backstage on the set of the Waldo show, some mentions, “People believe some crazy things, I mean ABBA believed in angels!” On “Hot Shot,” Selma sang ABBA’s “I Have a Dream,” which includes the chorus lyrics “I believe in angels.”

Unconnected Easter egg:
– Erica McEwan’s name can be seen again on a Twitter feed.

“White Christmas”

Connection to: “Fifteen Million Merits”
– The song “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)” heard in the karaoke scene is the same song Abi Khan sang for her “Hot Shot” audition in “Fifteen Million Merits.”
– One of the voyeurs watching Harry date is named “Pie Ape,” which is one of the insults used by someone referring to overweight people who are shunned in the “Fifteen Million Merits” world.
– While Joe Potter watches TV, he catches a glimpse of the show “Hot Shot.” Right after, he learns that the woman he loves has died in a rail crash.

Connection to: “Be Right Back”

– Bethany uses a pregnancy test that has the same happy baby animation indicator on it as the one used by Hayley Atwell’s character Martha.

Connection to: “White Bear”
– As Joe watches the news program about the rail crash, the news crawl at the bottom of the screen reads, “Victoria Skillane appeal bid rejected.” Skillane was the woman being elaborately tortured as part of her sentencing after having participated in killing a young girl.
– Joe’s holding cell at the end has the White Bear symbol on the name plate.

Connection to: “The Waldo Moment”

– One of the voyeurs watching Harry date is named “I_AM_WALDO.”
– As Joe watches the news program about the rail crash, the news crawl at the bottom of the screen reads, “MP Liam Monroe claims Twitter account was hacked.” Monroe (Tobias Menzies) was the main political candidate opposing Waldo.

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<<Season 2 Easter eggs

SEASON 3

“Nosedive”

Connection to: “The National Anthem”
– In Lacie’s social media feed, one of the top trending posts is by Michael Callow, the PM who was forced to have pig intercourse. The post: “Just got thrown out of the zoo again :(“
– The sci-fi show “Sea of Tranquility” was first referenced in “The National Anthem.”

“Playtest”

Connection to: “Fifteen Million Merits”
– Hannah John-Kamen, who played Selma originally in Season 1, is back but playing a different character, Sonja.

Connection to: “White Bear”
– In the initial testing room, the White Bear symbol can be seen in the case on the table and over one of the virtual gopher holes.

Connection to: “San Junipero”
– At the top of EDGE magazine is the headline, “Insider TCKR: Turning Nostalgia Into A Game.” TCKR created the world of San Junipero.

Connection to: “Hated in the Nation”
– On the magazine cover featuring Saito CEO Shou Saito, in the lower left-hand corner is a reference to the company Granular, which makes the robotic bees that causes havoc in the season’s final episode.

“Shut Up and Dance”

Connection to: “The National Anthem”
– On the computer’s screen, a news headline reads, “PM Callow to Divorce,” while a tweet in the top scroll reiterates the news, “Michael Callow is getting divorced.”

Connection to: “Fifteen Million Merits”
– On the computer’s screen, a news scroll announces the premiere of a talent show called “15 Million Merits.”

Connection to: “White Bear”
– On the computer’s screen, a new headline reads, “Victoria Skillane Trial Latest.”

Connection to: “White Christmas”
– On the computer’s screen, an ad reads, “ONE SMART COOKIE? Click to witness the kitchen tech of tomorrow.”

Connection to: “Playtest”
– Kenny robs National Allied, the same bank whose ATM Cooper uses.

“San Junipero”

– No references to other episodes found so far, but Collins pointed out one self-referential Easter egg:

“If you go watch ‘San Junipero’ and you see the place at the end, it’s the lab of TCKR, the same company where all the people are harvested or kept,” he said. “That name is also Tucker’s, the nightclub in San Junipero.”

“Men Against Fire”

Connection to: “Fifteen Million Merits”
– Wow, Brooker must love the song, “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand),” which is sung this time by “Hunter” Raiman (Madeline Brewer).

“Hated in the Nation”

Connection to: “The National Anthem”
– One of the trending topics on Twitter is PM Michael Callow.

Connection to: “The Entire History of You”
– Might be a stretch, but Granular, the company that makes the bees, sounds like it could also make the “grains” that are implanted in Liam, etc. to record their lives.

Connection to: “White Bear”
– Blue Coulson had to leave the force after working on the Ian Rannoch case. He was Victoria Skillane’s boyfriend who was convicted of killing the girl, and who subsequently took his own life in jail.
– The #DeathTo hashtag on Twitter is used in reference to Victoria Skillane.
– One of the trending topics on Twitter is “FreeTheWhiteBearOne
– A news crawl on TV reads, “Victoria Skillane in jail cell suicide attempt.”

Connection to: “The Waldo Moment”
– A Waldo sticker is seen on the laptop of Clara Meades, the bees’ next target.

Connection to: “White Christmas”
– The news crawl on TV reads, “ECHR rules ‘cookies’ have human rights.”

Connection to: “Playtest”
– A news crawl on TV reads, “Saitogemu team investigated over tourist disappearance.”
– #Saitogemu is a trending topic on Jo Powers’ computer after her death.
– A news crawl on TV reads, “Shou Saito announces immersive new gaming system.”
– Another news crawl reads, “Saito unveils Harlech Shadow VI.” The original game was mentioned by Sonja in “Playtest,” and a poster for the game was also seen in the waiting area before Cooper got experimented on.
– Later, one of the trending topics on Twitter is Harlech Shadow V.

Connection to: “Men Against Fire”
– #MASS is a trending topic on Jo Powers’ computer after her death.
– The news crawl on TV reads, “US military announces MASS project,” which was what allowed the soldiers to view the enemy as non-human.

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SEASON 4

“USS Callister”

Connection to: “White Bear”
– The planet where Valdack escapes to is Rannoch B, a reference to Iain Rannoch, the boyfriend who killed the girl, was convicted, and subsequently killed himself in prison. (Rannoch also happens to be the name of a planet in Mass Effect.)
– The planet where Daly and Cole go swimming is Skillane IV, a reference to Victoria Skillane, who aided her boyfriend in killing the young girl.

Connection to: “Nosedive”
– Michaela Coel had played the airline employee who wouldn’t allow Lacie on the plane. Here, she plays Shania, aka the Uhura on the USS Callister.

Connection to: “Playtest”
– The same swiping dating app is used by the receptionist Elena (Milanka Brooks).

Connection to: “Men Against Fire”
– Robert Daly drinks from the Raiman brand of milk. Raiman was the name of one of the soldiers in the MASS project.

Unconnected Easter egg:
– The voice of Gamer691 was provided by Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad” fame. For more about the episode, see below.

“Arkangel”

Connection to: “The Entire History of You”
– The Arkangel user interface of a circular set of images to represent the visual memories is very similar to the UI from the grain implant.

Connection to: “Men Against Fire”
– A clip of Raiman firing on the “Roaches” is played to demonstrate how the Arkangel can censor the content by “painting” it out.

“Crocodile”

Connection to: “Fifteen Million Merits”
– The hotel’s porn offerings include “Best of Wraith Babes,” which is a reference to the show that Abi Khan is tricked into performing on.
– The song “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)” can be heard once again, this time from a car during the accident with the pizza truck. The music is used as a prompt to jog the various witnesses’ memories.

Connection to: “USS Callister”
– Fences Pizza is the company that hit the guy with its pizza truck and also is the company that delivers pizza to Robert Daly.

“Hang the DJ”

Connection to: “San Junipero”
– The Smiths’ song “Panic” (which includes the lyrics “hang the DJ”) was on Charlie Brokers’ extended playlist of songs that he felt fit into the world of “San Juniper,” but wasn’t able to use for one reason or another.

“Metalhead”

Connection to: “White Bear”
– It turns out that Bella and the team were trying to retrieve a teddy bear before they were beset by dogs. Because of the black and white color palette, the bears look white, which could be a reference to the toy white bear from “White Bear.”

Connection to: “Crocodile”
– Bella has a penchant for eating peppermint candies, which is the same for “Crocodile’s” insurance investigator who looks into the pizza truck accident.

“Black Museum”

Connection to: “The National Anthem”
– The man who had kidnapped the princess to blackmail the Prime Minister later hanged himself. An image of his body (presumably a dummy with his clothes) can be seen as part of the exhibit.

Connection to: “Fifteen Million Merits”
– In the story that Rolo tells about Jack (Aldis Hodge) uploading the consciousness of his wife Carrie (Alexandra Roach) into his brain and later into a stuffed monkey, Jack is seen reading the graphic novel “15 Million Merits.”

Connection to: “Be Right Back”
– The power-up station next to the Black Museum is named BRB Connect, with “BRB” being a common acronym meaning “be right back” in online chat or texting.

Connection to: “White Bear”
– In the museum exhibit, one artifact is a “White Bear” hunters outfit with other details of the case and a video of Victoria Skillane.

Connection to: “White Christmas”
– Rolo describes how his company developed the early version of the cookie, which is an uploaded consciousness.

Connection to: “Shut Up and Dance”

– The two white lab rats that helped develop the first neural transmitter are named Kenny and Hector, who were two of the main blackmailed people from “Shut Up and Dance” played by Jerome Flynn as Hector, a man who almost cheated on his wife, and Alex Lawther as Kenny, a teenager who was caught masturbating.

Connection to: “San Junipero”
– The research company that made the experimental neural transmitter/symphatic diagnoser is TCKR, which created San Junipero.
– A reference is made to how “they upload old people to the cloud.”
– In the hospital where Dr. Dawson (Daniel Lapping) works, one of the wards is named the Saint Juniper Ward, which pre-dates San Junipero. (Also note Erica McEwan is now a doctor on the same directory.)

Connection to: “Hated in the Nation”
– Another artifact is a robotic bee that killed as a result of the #DeathTo hashtag.

Connection to: “USS Callister”
– Another artifact is Robert Daly’s DNA scanning machine and the red lollipop with Tommy’s DNA on it.
– In the monkey story, Jack eats anchovies to punish his wife Carrie’s consciousness. While the fridge is open, we see Raiman’s Milk, the same brand that Robert Daly likes to drink (and named after a character from “Men Against Fire.”

Connection to: “Arkangel”
– Another artifact is the Arkangel monitoring/censoring device that has a cracked screen.

Connection to: “Crocodile”
– Another artifact is the bloodied bathtub where the insurance claim investigator’s husband is killed.

“Black Mirror” Seasons 1-4 are now available to stream on Netflix.

Additional reporting by Steve Greene.