Netflix's Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

By Cher Cabula-Mendoza - Friday, January 04, 2019

Coming from a very long holiday weekend, I know most of us are still not 100% at work. I still have the holiday feels myself and I am now longing for the next holiday break. How many of you spent several hours just lounging and binge watching shows on Netflix? *raises hand* One of the shows that we watched over the holidays was Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and not only were we amazed by it but it also left us feeling nostalgic. Why? It reminded us so much of the Choose your own adventure books that we used to enjoy during our childhood. This was very much similar but translated into a digital and more entertaining level. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is the first ever interactive show that we know of and it's thrilling.

Interactive you ask? Well, the show let's you choose how the narrative of the story goes by providing choices that you can choose using your TV's remote or your mouse if you're watching on a laptop. The film follows the story of Stefan Butler (Fionn Whitehead) as he pitches and works on the release of a video game based from his mother's book. He meets with Colin Ritman (Will Poulter), video game creator genius, who shows him alternate paths to overcome a creative block.

 As he struggles to complete the game, he is constantly attending therapy sessions with Dr. Haynes (Alice Lowe) where we find out what happened in his past and why he now hates his father, Peter (Craig Parkinson).

The way that the story unfolds through the interaction is of course, something new and it was highly entertaining. However, the fun starts to wear off when you feel that you're stuck in a story loop (Yes, it can happen) or when you find our that in true Black Mirror style, you find the story is deeply disturbing. There are numerous endings to the film and I lost count at how many we got to see. Still, the concept is really brilliant.

Kudos to Netflix for coming up with this first and with a very engaging story at that. It's exciting to see what interactive films they will come up with next. How about you? Frosties or Sugar Puffs?

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch Review
→ ♥ ←

  • Share:

You Might Also Like


What are your thoughts on this post? Please do leave a comment for me. Thanks.