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Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

** spoilers warning **

Just watched this on Netflix and don’t know what to make of it.

FYI this is an interactive movie where throughout the movie you are given two options as to where the movie goes next. If the option is badly wrong it goes quickly all the way back and you have to chose the other option.

I have watched it twice and got 2 different endings.

I quite like the interactive movie element and this is a very good introduction to it.

Who else has seen this? What endings did you get?

comment by Blarmy (U14547)

posted on 31/12/18

To get a good game rating you have to kill your dad or something

Nice morality lesson there

posted on 31/12/18

Thought it quite interesting and ended up killing dad through a couple of different scenarios leading to different endings.

Quite liked the adaptation of the video game of the book for Netflix as a tv show while watching it on Netflix.

Bloodred, that illusion of control concept is most definitely intentional as it recurs through the different stories.

All we need now is for someone at Netflix to murder a relative so we can finally reach the end.

posted on 31/12/18

comment by Blarmy (U14547)
posted 1 hour, 5 minutes ago
To get a good game rating you have to kill your dad or something

Nice morality lesson there
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Not exactly, the morality lesson is that to get a better rating you need to avoid being caught for chopping up your murdered dad.

posted on 31/12/18

comment by Admin1 (U1)
posted 6 hours, 21 minutes ago
comment by (Kash) I'm the Mane (U1108)
posted 11 minutes ago
comment by Admin1 (U1)
posted 47 minutes ago
Just finished it. Liked the interactivity and the fact the Ending isn't as clear as you think. We had option to "exit to credits" before the real ending IMO.

Yes
Frosties
Now 2
Accept
Accept
Go back
Accept
Go back
Refuse
No
No
The Bermuda Triangle
Shout at Dad
Follow Colin
Yes
Stefan
Go back
Stefan
Go back
Colin
Bite Nails
Throw them away
Hit Desk
Pick up book
PAX
Throw tea over computer
Blocky symbol
Back Off
Kill Dad
Bury body
Yes
No idea
Chop or bury
Chop up body
Throw tea over computer
Talk about mum
No
Pick up family photo
Netflix
Tell him more
Tell him more
Yes
Fight her
Kick him in the balls
Get rabbit from dad
PAC
P.A.C.S
20541
Get rabbit from dad
TOY
Yes
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Wow you got your pen and paper out for this.

What would you say is the real ending?
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Agreeing to catch the late train.
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Yes that was my first ending. The 2nd ending was just bizzare. Had to go through all sorts of scenarios to avoid the first ending. In the end it was a poor ending where his dad took him away from the psychiatric after he knocked out the psychologist but that wasn’t really a satisfactory ending.

posted on 31/12/18

To get a good game rating you have to kill your dad or something

Nice morality lesson there

I killed my dad and still got a rubbish rating
Mind you i didnt chop him up

posted on 31/12/18

Well the whole concept is that even in a "choose your own adventure book" - you never actually chose your adventure, you are just given the illusion of choice but you either die and start again, or like many a child (myself included) you went back to the previous choice and take the other branch.

It was certainly interesting and I felt the concept was lost on many (I'm guessing the younger generation who have never played one of these books) but I enjoyed it and the seemlessness in which it was done.

Also loved the 4th wall breaking.

posted on 1/1/19

Was fun

posted on 3/1/19

I have only watched one episode of the 'actual' Black Mirror series (the one with what is basically google glass 76th generation). I really enjoyed that and thought the acting was very good.

This, however, I thought was absolute cr*p. The concept, as has been noted, is decades old and I remember disliking the interactive DVDs as a kid.

I also feel like Brooker read Ready Player One and was very heavily influenced; loving the book myself, it felt somewhat recycled.

With the exception of Colin and Stefan, I thought the acting was atrocious (in particular the dude that runs the developing company)..

Kudos for trying something new, however, ultimately it felt more like one of those school-approved computer programmes designed to teach you about morals and ethics, albeit with the twist of chopping up your Dad .

Completely agree with the illusion of control mentioned above, however.

Now sceptical as to whether to watch the series properly...

posted on 3/1/19

comment by rooney_hernandez (U7012)
posted 5 hours, 22 minutes ago
I have only watched one episode of the 'actual' Black Mirror series (the one with what is basically google glass 76th generation). I really enjoyed that and thought the acting was very good.

This, however, I thought was absolute cr*p. The concept, as has been noted, is decades old and I remember disliking the interactive DVDs as a kid.

I also feel like Brooker read Ready Player One and was very heavily influenced; loving the book myself, it felt somewhat recycled.

With the exception of Colin and Stefan, I thought the acting was atrocious (in particular the dude that runs the developing company)..

Kudos for trying something new, however, ultimately it felt more like one of those school-approved computer programmes designed to teach you about morals and ethics, albeit with the twist of chopping up your Dad.

Completely agree with the illusion of control mentioned above, however.

Now sceptical as to whether to watch the series properly...
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This is certainly the black sheep of the family, and I don't think you should base the rest of the series on this one. This one felt more like Black Mirror lite if I'm to be honest, and I think it's so people don't get lost in the narrative - the main series I think is generally much more cerebral in the ideas that it pushes across and how they are portrayed.

posted on 6/1/19

I felt the first big choice, choosing between working for the company or doing it yourself, should have just led you down 2 completely different paths rather than one being right and one being wrong.

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Just watched (played?) it now. This irritated me as well. By far the most logical choice is to say yes/accept the offer - surely that's why he's gone there in the first place?

It also annoyed me when the two options seemed like very much the same thing, e.g. TRY TO EXPLAIN vs TELL HIM MORE.

Overall I liked it though, even if it was a bit confusing at times and the endings I got weren't particularly good.

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