We’ve heard about this. There were talks about the team behind Black Mirror tackling a ‘choose-your-own adventure’ episode, one that allows viewers to choose how the show would end. The result is “Bandersnatch” that’s released today on Netflix. Set in the 1980s, “Bandersnatch” follows a programmer creating his own ‘choose-your-own adventure’ game. And in true Black Mirror fashion, he confronts his own understanding of free will.
There are multiple endings (there is reportedly five hours worth of footage for ‘Bandersnatch’). But the goal, of course, is to attain a satisfying ending. Or, at least, see how much of the storyline you can alter. To reveal more would be to sully your experience of ‘Bandersnatch’ but it does bring to fore movies like Funny Games, where the audience is complicit in the narrative.
This isn’t a new concept; some video games utilise a “choose-you-own-adventure” format during key moments in gameplay (this approach was also used on YouTube).
But to see this released on a medium like Netflix, shows promise for a future of interactive TV. Oh, what a world we’re living in.
Oh and if you’re unsatisfied with your choice… “try again”.
Black Mirror’s Bandersnatch is out on Netflix.