Wow! I was not expecting that!
I’ve just watched Black Mirror: Bandersnatch on Netflix and I can’t stop telling everyone about it. It really feels like the future of television and it’s hugely exciting to think about the possibilities for progress after this point.
I was obsessed with Choose Your Own Adventure books as a kid, and I also grew up in the 80s so this was the perfect set up for me. Set in 1984, the cultural cues, fashion and music choices were easily recognisable to someone of my age (nearly 40…did I mention that??) which I’m sure helped with the overall enjoyment of the programme. The trailer is below but in all honesty, if I’d just watched the trailer, I don’t think I would ever have watched the programme. It just doesn’t do the interactive element justice; the only reason I gave it a go was after hearing Will Poulter (who plays Colin) on BBC Radio 2 Drivetime with Angela Scanlon & OJ Borg a couple of weeks ago. See the trailer for yourselves below:
So, as I don’t think the trailer will entice people, I’ve taken it upon myself to tell everyone about it! Including you…yes, you 🙂
Why did I love it so much? One big thing: the interactive element – it’s the first time I’ve seen it done well on television and the first time that I’ve felt fully immersed in a TV programme in a long time. I couldn’t focus on anything else because I knew there would be another choice to make just around the corner and it felt more like a computer game than a TV programme.
It wasn’t perfect and I’d have liked a few more endings crafted but it must have taken forever to film the ones they do have, with all the different choices that viewers can make, so it’s a small criticism.
Overall, I can’t wait for the next installment, either through Black Mirror, or via the next producers to embrace interactivity. If you’ve watched it already, or watched it on my recommendation, let me know what you think – good or bad.