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Review of "Black
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
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
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.
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 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.
Black Mirror on Netflix.
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