Season 4 of Black Mirror struck Netflix on Friday, and it begins with a really amazing episode. “U.S.S. Callister” riffs on Star Trek and lots of other traditional science-fiction stories (from the Twilight Zone episode “It’s a Good Life” to Harlan Ellison’s narrative “I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream”) to develop an engaging story about hazardous dreams and fandom. At 76 minutes, it’s one of the longest episodes the program has actually ever done, and it includes a first-class cast that consists of Jesse Plemons, Cristin Milioti, Jimmi Simpson, and Michaela Coel, to name a few. “U.S.S. Callister” is so loaded with great things that some audiences may miss out on 2 tricky cameos in the episode.( Warning: Spoilers ahead)
The very first subtle cameo is Kirsten Dunst, who when starred with Plemons on season 2 of FX’s Fargo and is presently engaged to the star in reality. She appears at the tech business Callister, run by Plemons’ and Simpson’s real-life characters (instead of their Space Fleet computer game avatars). It’s genuinely a blink-and-you’ll- miss-it look.
The other cameo comes from Aaron Paul, who formerly acted together with Plemons in the last seasons of Breaking Bad. Paul does not appear physically, however his unique voice comes from the character at the end who confronts Milioti’s team after they reach the open web. He gets the episode’s amusing last line (“I’m the king of space…”), however his cameo is so subtle that Coel didn’t even recognize it was him up until the cast talked about the episode at its Paley Fest best previously this year.
Read EW’s wrap-up of “U.S.S. Callister” here, and examine here for more postmortem protection of Black Mirror season 4.Related youtube video: (not from post)