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Review of "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch" 12/30/18 by Jake
airs now on Netflix

If you're watching Black Mirror expecting happy endings, you've got some strange expectations. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is no exception. As usual, *spoiler alert*, nothing ends well for the main characters. Difference here is, you're the one who makes sure of that.
Their fate is now in your hands, because it's a choose-your-own-adventure. It's a fun engaging style of storytelling that I hope Netflix continues with many future projects. Giving the audience the ability to interact with their entertainment is perhaps my favorite concept that Black Mirror has introduced thus far.

Right from the get-go you're given the option of which cereal the protagonist has for breakfast. Sugar Puffs or Kellogg's Frosties. Hurry now, you only have five seconds to decide. Your choice will alter the whole storyline. No pressure. Time's up. He grabs the spoon. What have you done?!

Choices become increasingly more consequential as the show moves along. One moment you're deciding what cassette to listen to on the bus. Thompson Twins, yeah. The next moment you're choosing which weapon you will use for a grisly murder. Um, what? Summon the online memes that read "Well, the escalated quickly".

It's not entirely true that the audience decides everything that is going to happen. That would be, well, impossible to produce. Most of the actions have been chosen for you. For example, when people in the show are supposed to die, they do. Your choice is limited to the method in which that happens. So don't expect to get out of some very hairy situations, because they're inevitable.

So far, I've reached five divergent conclusions. All unfortunate, of course. It's Black Mirror. It's a freakin' nightmare. It's what I came here for.

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Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

In 1984, a young programmer begins to question reality as he adapts a sprawling fantasy novel into a video game and soon faces a mind-mangling challenge.

Black Mirror

Black Mirror is an anthology series that taps into our collective unease with the modern world, with each stand-alone episode a sharp, suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia. Without questioning it, technology has transformed all aspects of our lives; in every home; on every desk; in every palm - a plasma screen; a monitor; a Smartphone a Black Mirror reflecting our 21st Century existence back at us. The series is created and written by Charlie Brooker, and executive produced by Brooker and Annabel Jones.

Watch Black Mirror on Netflix.

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