Interactive TV has always been a futuristic concept. Simple, multiple-choice questions dictate the storyline, and thus the outcome of the plot. With Netflix’s ubiquity on capable computing devices, it seems like it has been the rather obvious choice for the video streaming giant.
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch continues in Black Mirror’s slew of captivating, enthralling, and terrifying shorts about the future horrors of technology. Following Stefan, a programmer in the 1980s codifying a choose-your-own-adventure novel into a computer game, the movie features Fionn Whitehead, Will Poulter and Asim Chaudhry as its leads. Stefan, the main protagonist, is the character whose actions you follow (and choose).
And no – it’s not going to be any more child-friendly than the series’ four episodes. The author of the novel that Stefan obsesses over had fallen into insanity and decapitated his wife.
The title runs for about 90 minutes, depending on viewers’ choices. With more than 1 trillion possible storylines, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch has five main endings that viewers can arrive at. Choices are simple, this-or-that options, and Black Mirror makes it even more creepy by self-referencing its plot of a choose-your-own-adventure game.
It’s also the series’ first production that is based completely in the past. Due to the interactive nature of the film, Bandersnatch is only available on newer devices that include TVs, browsers and mobile applications with the latest version of the Netflix app. Chromecast and Apple TV isn’t supported, however.