black mirror bandersnatch choices

Netflix is notoriously stingy when it comes to releasing any information about its user base and their viewing habits – except, of course, when that data makes the company look good or its social media managers are allowed to have a bit of fun with its audience.

Now the company has pulled back the veil of secrecy and offered a brief peek at some of the Black Mirror: Bandersnatch choices users made when watching the interactive movie. Read on to discover the numbers and a quote from chief content officer Ted Sarandos that strongly implies we’re going to be seeing much more of this type of interactive storytelling from Netflix.
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black mirror bandersnatch featurette

Imagine: a universe where Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker said no when Netflix approached him with the idea of doing an interactive Black Mirror project. It’s a whole parallel universe that butterflies out into millions of other possibilities and choices until your brain hurts — essentially what Black Mirror: Bandersnatch achieves as Netflix’s first choose-your-own-adventure feature film. But that almost happened, Brooker reveals in this new Black Mirror: Bandersnatch featurette, which dives into the rabbit hole that was the making of the ambitious film experiment. Read More »

Bandersnatch Alternate Endings

Unlike traditional movies, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch makes the viewer an active participant in the story, forced to decide the fate of the main character. As a result, there are a slew of alternate conclusions, depending on which decision you make. In a new interview, Black Mirror producers Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones break down some of the Bandersnatch alternate endings, and confirm that the movie was so complicated that it delayed the release of Black Mirrror season 5. Spoilers follow.

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black mirror bandersnatch review

Black Mirror: Bandernatch is probably (hopefully) the closest we’ll come to living through a Black Mirror episode — and that’s not as bad as it sounds. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is a choose-your-own adventure story that makes the viewer culpable for the doomed destiny of its protagonist: a young programmer named Stefan Butler (Dunkirk‘s Fionn Whitehead) who attempts to adapt a sprawling fantasy novel into a video game in 1984. But as he dives deeper into developing his game, itself a choose-your-own-adventure game set to revolutionize the industry, his mental state begins to dangerously unravel.

It’s a cautionary techno-tale typical of the bleak anthology series created by Charlie Brooker. But rather than allowing its audience to be a distant, apathetic voyeur, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch makes the viewer part of the experience, offering up various binary choices throughout the film that can change the story — sometimes to drastic effect. The result is an entertaining, and at times thrilling, immersive experience that transforms a gimmick into a game, and simultaneously compels and condemns the viewer for daring to be involved.

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Black Mirror board game

The third season of Charlie Brooker‘s sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror began with an episode called “Nosedive.” In it, Bryce Dallas Howard played a character named Lacie who lived in a world in which things like purchasing power and class status were dictated by one’s “Social Score,” a personal rating influenced by each person you come in contact with over the course of each day. It’s the show’s most obvious condemnation of contemporary society’s obsession with social media, and now a Black Mirror board game will episode’s premise into a playable game.
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black mirror season 5

Black Mirror season 5 is going back to the 1980s! The last time the dark sci-fi anthology series dipped into that decade, it presented us with its very best episodes: “San Junipero.” Ooh, baby, do you know what that’s worth?

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black mirror season 5

Black Mirror, the misery-inducing sci-fi anthology series that teaches us all about the dangers of technology, just got the go-ahead for yet another season on Netflix. Black Mirror season 5 will bring all-new depressing-yet-entertaining tales of technological terror.

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black mirror featurettes

Now that Black Mirror fans have had two weeks to process the fourth season of the punishingly bleak sci-fi series, Netflix has released a series of featurettes that allow viewers to take a deep dive into the making of each of the six episodes.

Wrapping up all six behind-the-scenes clips is a seventh featurette in which Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker finally answers the question of whether the individual stories in the anthology series take place in one universe.

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Black Mirror cameos

Black Mirror season 4 dropped onto Netflix just before the end of 2017, which means you’re likely all caught-up on it by now, right? If so, come along with me on a journey through a list of Black Mirror cameos you may have missed!

Also: the director of the Black Mirror episode “USS Callister” says he’s more than ready to launch an entire spin-off series based around that one particular Star Trek-inspired segment.

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Black Mirror season 4 review

Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker’s dark, twisted, technology-driven Twilight Zone riff, is about return to Netflix for yet another season of woe and punishment. There’s a cold cosmic justice at work in Black Mirror; a sense that any transgression, no matter how mundane, will be met with the bleakest of punishments. It can often make for an unpleasant experience. Yet Black Mirror explored exciting new possibilities last season, with the acclaimed San Junipero – an episode that revealed that hopefulness was also a possibility in the Black Mirror universe. Best of all, it was an episode that wasn’t obsessed with conveying a twisted moral – it simply used the Black Mirror premise to tell a story about two characters and the results were stunning.

Black Mirror season 4, sadly, does not have an episode that resonates as much as San Junipero did last season. The show once again continues down a dark, unrelenting path – which is to be expected, since that was the built-in methodology long before San Junipero came along. But how does Black Mirror season 4 stack up as a whole? The good news is that the latest season of Black Mirror goes off into new, unexpected directions and has fun playing around with style and form. The six episodes that occupy the latest season all vary in plot, tone, and message, which is a welcome change compared to previous seasons, which had a tendency to blur together.

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