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Bet You Completely Missed These Super-Subtle "Star Wars" References In The "USS Callister" Episode Of "Black Mirror"

If there is Star Wars in something, I will find it.

Hi, I'm Allie. In case you're new here, I love Star Wars.

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"If you love it so much, why don't you marry it?" YOU KNOW WHAT, BRENDA? I WOULD IF I COULD.

And if there is a Star Wars reference in something, you better believe I will sniff it TF out.

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^Me on the daily, looking for references.

So this past weekend (like most of the world), I binge-watched the new season of Black Mirror on Netflix, and was immediately infatuated with the "USS Callister" episode.

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For those who've not yet seen the now-iconic mini film, it pays obvious homage to Star Trek, but something told me there HAD TO BE some sort of Star Wars reference in it, as well.

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And, sure enough, my suspicions were confirmed thanks to an interview with the episode's director, Toby Haynes, in the Hollywood Reporter.

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"There are three Star Wars references," Haynes shared. "I don’t know when I’m going to do sci-fi again, so I try to put everything in there."

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A quick, friendly warning before we continue: Due to the intricate nature of my investigation, the rest of this post does contain SPOILERS for the "USS Callister" episode of Black Mirror.

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So please, stop reading this and come back once you've watched the episode.

"One of the references is when Cristin [Milioti, the actor playing Nanette] wakes up in the medical bay."

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"USS Callister," Black Mirror.

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"The way the lights came on was a reference to Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One trailer — the shot that never made the movie."

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

"Then, the tube that Jimmi goes into when he reactivates the engines of the spaceship..."

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"USS Callister," Black Mirror.

"...I wanted that to look like the tubes of the Bespin in Cloud City in Empire Strikes Back, the tubes that Luke Skywalker falls down inspired that."

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Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back.

"And there's one line when Daly has just turned Michaela into an alien where he says, 'Take that thing to the bridge.'"

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"USS Callister," Black Mirror.

"That’s the same line they say about Chewbacca when they are on the Death Star in A New Hope."

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Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope.

So there you have it! Three Star Wars references tucked delicately into a Star Trek love ballad, proving that sci-fi Easter eggs can coexist in harmony (or at least in a Black Mirror episode).

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