If you thought the 'Black Mirror' movie 'Bandersnatch' was enough to give you the sweats, we can tell you, you're seriously mistaken.
And if you feel very comfortable with your phone right now, then its time you need a dose of 'Black Mirror'.
'Bandersnatch' may have delayed the fifth season, but come June 5, and the world will get to watch three new stories with a chilling narrative. Netflix dropped three trailers, one for each episode, that boasts of high-profile stars. And here's what we know about one of the most ambitious, complicated, and devastating streaming installments of all time. The first look was released on May 14.
It has been a while. We briefly experienced what it was to control a person's future in 'Bandersnatch', and now it looks like the gadgets will be back to haunt us again on June 5.
Two Marvel stars -- Anthony Mackie and Pom Klementieff, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II from Aquaman star in the show. Except for this time, they have no super powers to help them out. The trio will be seen in the episode, "Striking Vipers". The other episode, "Smithereens", features Crystal Clarke, Ruibo Qian, Ambreen Razia, Damson Idris, and Andrew Scott, while, Miley Cyrus, Madison Davenport, and Ludi Lin star in the episode , “Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too.” Topher Grace ('Venom') too will be starring in one of the episodes this season.
Plot and Trailers
While the tech-thriller features a different episode each time, we broke down the trailers for you, or rather we tried. Here's what each episode has got to offer, and honestly, we still don't know.
Episode 1: Smithereens
We see Andre Scott play a taxi driver and he picks up a passenger who wants to head to a place called Smithereen. Scott is guided by a voice on his meditation app that says, "Calmly return your attention to the wrath," and he pulls a gun on the passenger and holds him hostage. Nearby residents are able to capture the scene and a breaking news app reveals that the clip has gone viral. The title, "Smithereens," is then shown with a location tag. By the looks of it, the plot may be based on apps and our addictions to them.
Episode 2: "Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too"
Miley Cyrus plays Ashley, a famous performer, who voices a doll also called Ashley Too. A young girl called Rachel gets the doll and keeps talking to it. The clip also gives a bit of detail on her character, who is shown to be fighting depression. Ashley's team discusses how 'fragile' she is and is later offered pills. The doctors continue to study her brain patterns until Ashley Too, the doll shortcircuits on Rachel at the other end. "Get this cable out of my ass! Holy shit, pull it out! God, that's a relief," says Ashley Too (or is it Ashley?). It does give an 'Age of Ultron' theory to it, but who knows?
Episode 3: "Striking Vipers"
"Nothing is going on, I promise", a bespectacled Antony Mackie tells his wife. But that's seldom the case, isn't it? The trailer opens with Mackie and his wife (Nicole Beharie) trying for a second baby, but over time, he is shown to be growing too distant. Meanwhile, his friend (Yahya Abdul Matheen II) shows off the women he has in his life. Later, he is shown to attach a button to the side of his forehead, and escaping into a sort of artificial reality.
Maybe someone who saw 'Batman Beyond', or 'Total Recall' may have a clue on what Mackie attaches to his head.
Talking about season 5 to RadioTime, creator Charlie Brooker said that season five episodes were “imminent-ish” following the release of 'Bandersnatch.'
Where to watch?
The three episodes will be available for streaming on Netflix from June 5.
Watch this space for more updates on 'Black Mirror' Season 5
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