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Arts & Culture Editor
Black Mirror’s Bandersnatch might be the best piece of media to bear the name since this newspaper. It is such a unique entity and it is so well made that it quickly became one of those things that everyone has heard about but not everyone knows.
Bandersnatch is an interactive film that will most likely take longer than the advertised 1 hour and 30 minutes to get through. It requires you to watch attentively with your choice of phone/tablet/mouse/TV remote in your hand because it works almost identically to old choose-your-own-adventure books or modern Telltale games in the sense that your decisions are what drive the story. Depending on what choices you make and what paths you take, the experience can last from two hours to five or more. You can choose to stop at the end of every path, but Bandersnatch gives you the option to go back and make a different choice to explore a different one.
Not wishing to spoil the fun of the many twists and turns that have become characteristic of the Black Mirror series, you influence the actions of Stefan Butler, a young programmer in the year 1984 that is set on creating the next big hit in the video games industry: an adventure game called Bandersnatch.
If you have watched an episode of Black Mirror before, you know exactly why Bandersnatch is such a hit: a combination of excellent acting, writing, visuals, sound and a story that stays in your head hours after the experience. Only this time, it all depends on you.
Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol.49 Issue 07 on December 4th, 2019