The 4 best new “Black Mirror” theories the internet can muster

The long-awaited sixth season of Black Mirror is officially here, with new episodes starring the likes of Schitts CreekThey are Annie Murphy, Aaron Paul, Salma Hayek, Kate Mara and Zazie Beetz, among others. The season concludes a long hiatus for the series, with new ones Black mirror episodes that distort streaming services, fame and, of course, technology.

Always mind-blowing and terrifyingly predictive, Black mirror fans are already filling Reddit threads and hashtags with theories. Let’s open some of our favorites.

Warning, major spoilers for “Black Mirror” ahead!

Theory no. 1: “Joan Is Awful” was inspired by Elizabeth Holmes

This season 6 theory has all but been confirmed by Black Mirror by the creator, Charlie Brooker. He talked to Meter, saying the first episode of season 6 was inspired by his vision of Hulu’s success, The abandonment. He was taken with the idea that the case of Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes had happened so recently, yet had already been made into a drama series.

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If you’ve seen Joan Is Awful, then you’ll see the connection here. In the episode, an ordinary woman finds her life adapted into a series by a top streamer, dramatizing her life’s experiences moments after they happen. That fictional streamer Streamberry, in the Black mirror universe also confirmed a long-suspected fan theory: that every episode of Black mirror exists in the same universe. What should we discuss…

Theory no. 2: all 6 seasons of Black Mirror Share a universe

As Joan, titled Joan Is Awful, sits on the sofa with her boyfriend looking for something to watch on Streamberry, they browse options including Loch Henry, which appears to be the second episode of Black mirror season 6 and The Callow Years, a fictional docuseries detailing Michael Callow’s prime minister, the subject of the first ever episode of Black Mirror episode, the national anthem. In fact, every title that appears on Joan’s Streamberry account is a throwback to a previous episode, from San Junipero to 15 Million Merits. This quick, easy-to-miss, and seemingly insignificant moment spoke to this interconnectedness theory that held for 6 seasons.

Further evidence includes the season 4 finale episode, Black Museum, which offered the first hint of a shared universe. The episode follows a visitor to a museum that houses gruesome exhibits that beckon Black mirrors previous 18 episodes. It is, at the same time, a tribute to the series and a confirmation of the singularity.

Theory no. Myth #3: Technology has listened to the commercialization of prison

In truth, prison is already commercialized. In Black mirrorare many versions of the future, it’s just more consumer-driven, tangible, and truly inhumane. The most obvious iteration of this concept appears in the Season 2 episode White Bear, but other echoes appear elsewhere, leading fans to speculate.

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In Season 1 of 15 Million Merit, for example, a future is introduced where citizens have to exercise on stationary bikes to earn currency, surrounded by screens and blue light. At first glance, the episode is a commentary on capitalism, but fans have dug deeper, with many theorizing that the episode reveals a futuristic form of prison. A Redditor theory it reads, The events of 15 Million Merits take place in a prison set in the very near future. A new type of prison system allows inmates to generate electricity and use their imaginary currency to distract themselves from their situation.

The most supporting evidence comes in the form of the episode’s characters, who clean, entertain, and generate electricity. This incomplete view of society lacks the doctors, engineers, scientists, teachers, and other careers that help sustain infrastructure. Beyond that, the episode’s dialogue implies that the cyclists haven’t always been there; there was a life before this futuristic prison.

Theory no. 4: The digital afterlife is upon us…and it comes with a warning

While many experts today warn of the dangers of AI, much of Black mirrorToday’s humanity has already been corrupted by a highly advanced digital consciousness. Throughout the series, digital consciousness in the form of cookies pops up in episodes like White Christmas and expands to create alternate alternate lives, even appearing in San Junipero and USS Callister, causing fans to theorize how these connections may point to a larger message. of the series. writers.

Black MirrorToday’s version of humanity is neither forgiving nor optimistic, and predictions about the ways we can collectively create eternal life (and/or eternal hell) through technology are all too real.

Black Mirror season 6 is available to stream on Netflix

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