How is "Bandersnatch" different from any other Black Mirror episode? Well, it is interactive, meaning that you can pick your own path and the ending differs according to your choices.
"Bandersnatch" is a revolutionary way to watch a movie that was made in collaboration between people behind Black Mirror series (since it is a part of it) and Netflix. How is "Bandersnatch" different from any other Black Mirror episode? Well, it is interactive, meaning that you can pick your own path and the ending differs according to your choices.
In "Bandersnatch", the viewer is making decision for the main character. His name is Stefan Butler and he is a young programmer in the 80s, who is trying to adapt a choose-your-own adventure fantasy book into a video game. Stefan is thrilled when he gets the opportunity to develop the game alongside big industry names like Mohan Thakur and Colin Ritman, while he tries to reconnect with his father, Peter, and keep on to his sanity after his mother’s death by going to Dr. Haynes.
I really loved almost every aspect of "Bandersnatch". How the details slightly changed when you went to the beginning the first time, the choices, everything. What I was really surprised by was how seamless the scene transition and scenes themselves were when you were making your choices. I loved that the scenes were not static while the choices were on the screen and the transition was so smooth, you could not tell they shot different scenes for each choice or that there was a pause in the first place.
The only thing I did not really like with "Bandersnatch" was that there was no choice (or at least I did not find it) to which part of the story to progress or go backwards to when you either was not satisfied with your pick or when you came to an ending. There were only two or three parts to choose from and sometimes, you have to drudge through some parts you already went through to get to the different path.
Since it is an interactive episode, it means that "Bandersnatch" has many different endings, five main ones in total (with some additional “game over” ones). In true accordance with Black Mirror universe, there is no real happy ending, but there is what Netflix considers “the best” one, which I was lucky to get on my first try. But all endings are great and in true spirit of this series.
So, if you are a fan of Black Mirror, horror, twists or sci-fi where technology rebels or is misused for nefarious means, then "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch" is for you. And it is available right now on Netflix!