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Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is an interactive movie from the amazing series known as Black Mirror. It’s like those choose your own adventure books you remember from childhood, you get presented with choices as to what you want the main character to do. Different choices lead to different outcomes and you feel like you’re controlling the action.

The basic premise is about a video game programmer named Stefan (played by Fionn Whitehead) making a video game adaptation of a book called Bandersnatch. Situations come up and you the viewer choose what Stefan will do. Will he eat Frosties or Sugar Puffs for breakfast? You decide. Of course, this being Black Mirror the choices get more varied and bizarre. It becomes very meta and self aware. Stefan comes to realize that he is not in control. I can’t go into any more detail without giving anything away, so I’ll stop my synopsis on that note.

There are multiple endings so repeat viewings are necessary. This is more than an episode of Black Mirror. It is an event. It sticks with you when it’s over. It makes you question if free will is real or not. It makes you want to talk about it with others and compare your experiences and endings. There are a lot of references to other Black Mirror episodes but I think you can enjoy Bandersnatch even if you haven’t seen the show before. Black Mirror is one of the best shows on Netflix and Bandersnatch proves why. Check it out. You’ll thank me later.

Critically Rated at 17/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Black Mirror

Finding something to watch on Netflix can be a bit of a challenge, so let me make a suggestion for you. Check out Black Mirror. I warn you now that it’s so good you’ll binge watch it. You might have to clear your calendar. It’s a spooky anthology show about the dangers of technology. Think Twilight Zone updated for the modern world. Each episode is self contained. It has its own story, characters, cast, and universe so each new episode is completely separate and you can watch them out of order without any real consequences.

Some of the stories could happen today. In “The National Anthem” a beloved duchess is kidnapped and will only be released if the British Prime Minister has to fuck a pig on live television. In “Be Right Back” a young woman uses a computer program that imitates her deceased boyfriend to cope with her grieving. In “The Waldo Moment” a cartoon character enters a real life election and becomes the most popular candidate. This episode first aired in February of 2013, three and a half years before the USA actually elected a cartoon character as president.

Other stories are a bit more far fetched (but still possible). I don’t even want to go into anymore detail. I just want you to watch Black Mirror. I’ve made it my mission to get as many people to watch it as possible. I tell everyone I come across to watch it. I don’t let it come up casually in conversation. I walk right up to someone and say they should watch Black Mirror, give a brief synopsis, then walk away. Then I ask if they’ve watched it yet a few days later. So watch it. Please. I need this. 

Critically Rated at 16/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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