The second episode appears to be a lighter (for Black Mirror at least) exploration of celebrity and fandom.
Damson Idris and Topher Grace also star in "Smithereens". Despite claiming there's "nothing going on", it looks like he might have fallen down a Tinder-esque rabbit hole, after being introduced to the swiping phenomenon by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (aka Aquaman's Black Manta).
Black Mirror thrives with twists.
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In Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too, a teenager tries to connect with her favorite pop star (played by Cyrus) via a toy robot. The first episode, titled Smithereens, is about a cab driver who listens to a meditation app on the job goes haywire before taking his passenger hostage.
Plot: Two estranged college friends reunite in later life, triggering a series of events that could alter their lives forever.
The fifth season of "Black Mirror" streams June 5 on Netflix. But this meta piece of casting seems more than a stunt - the episode "Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too" shows Cyrus' pop diva Ashley spiraling into fatigue and paranoia while undergoing mysterious treatments, until she somehow appears to end up in the virtual assistant modeled after herself.
There's definitely a darkness to explore in the industry's commodification and exploitation of female pop stars, as the trailer touches on over-medication and experimentation. Stay tuned for our reviews of season five coming soon.