“Black Mirror” Season 5 finally arrived this week, contributing a trio of new installments to the tech-centric anthology series: Miley Cyrus’ “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too,” the Andrew Scott-starring “Smithereens,” and the Anthony Mackie and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II-led “Striking Vipers.”
Yes, there are just three.
Now, to those of you complaining about that tiny episode count, series creator Charlie Brooker told TheWrap you people “have no sense of history,” seeing as the first two seasons of “Black Mirror” were also just three-episodes long, too. (Seasons 3 and 4 had six episodes each.)
OK, OK, he was joking, but there are a couple of real reasons behind their decision to shorten the fifth season.
Miley Cyrus stars in the season finale of Black Mirror as Ashley O, a young singer whose potential becomes endless because of technology.
High school student Rachel Goggins (Angourie Rice) is a loner who loves Ashley O (Miley Cyrus) in the final Black Mirror season five episode. Rachel and her family are new to town and have yet to make friends. While Rachel’s father works on a ground-breaking ‘mousetrap’, and her sister Jack (Madison Davenport) works on making her own music, Rachel watches Ashley’s performances non-stop. Rachel’s mother passed away a few years ago and Jack honors her by listening and playing to the rock bands her mother loved, but Rachel seems to be escaping into her obsession.
Rachel and Ashley Too
Ashley O is at the top of her career. Her peppy and empowering tunes are hits and while attending a talk show Ashley introduces a little AI robot – Ashley Too.
“One was that, originally, ‘Bandersnatch’ was actually part of Season 5,” Brooker told TheWrap. “So we shot ‘Striking Vipers’ — our first episode of the season — that was actually shot before ‘Bandersnatch’ was even written. And then as ‘Bandersnatch’ expanded and became so big we realized a) well, this is like doing a season in its own right, and b) it made much more sense to do it as a standalone.”
You remember “Bandersnatch” — the interactive, “Choose Your Own Adventure”-style “Black Mirror” movie starring Fionn Whitehead and Will Poulter — was cryptically teased by Netflix for months and then suddenly dropped last December.
“And then we thought, ‘Well, we’ve got these other episodes as well, they feel like they complement each other,” Brooker said. “We could make people wait forever while we do some more, or we could release these fairly quickly after ‘Bandersnatch.’”
Season five of “Black Mirror,” Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones’ dystopian drama series, hit Netflix this week. The latest series features just three episodes: “Striking Vipers,” “Smithereens,” and “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too.” As with other seasons, showrunners Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones have included some Easter eggs and references to previous episodes. Warning: this video contains spoilers.
The 34 details you might have missed.
- TCKR and “Black Museum”
- Augmented-reality gaming and “Playtest”
- Pastels and “Nosedive”
- Small, round devices from “Crocodile”
- Retro cars
- Smartphone addiction
- Bloomberg’s HQ
- Bandersnatch Theatre
- Raiman and “Men Against Fire”
- Dahl and “Hated in the Nation:
- Redfield and “Playtest”
- Dawson and “Black Museum”
- Fence’s Pizza
- Bloom and Leigh
- BRB and “Be Right Back”
- Prime Minister Callow
- ‘Bargain Hunt’
- Clone theory about pop stars like Avril Lavigne
- Hologram technology
- Black Museum
- ‘Simpsons’ line
- ‘Nathan Barley’
- Bob and “USS Calister”’
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