MAP Movie Night: Black Mirror, "USS Callister"

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 7:00pm
Heller Hall 731
Episode viewing with discussion following
Snacks & drinks provided!

Come join Minnesota MAP as we watch the Black Mirror episode and have a discussion about the film! Prof. Roy Cook will offer some remarks to get the discussion going.

USS Callister

Directed by Toby Haynes
written by Charlie Brooker & William Bridges

Robert Daly, a reclusive but gifted programmer and co-founder of a popular massive multiplayer online game, is embittered by the lack of recognition for his work. He has created a mock Star Trek-like simulation on a private server, using DNA from his co-workers to create sentient digital clones of them, serving under himself their abusive captain of the starship USS Callister. When the digital clone of new hire Nanette Cole is brought into his game, Cole's clone encourages the other copies to revolt against Daly. After obtaining a in-simulation device that lets them communicate outside the private server, Cole's clone blackmails the real Cole to distract Daly long enough for the digital clones to take over Callister and escape off the private server, while Daly, trapped within the simulation at the onset of a game patch, ends up motionless in the real world.