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Bandersnatch (Black Mirror Season 5 Ep 1)

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Today, Netflix released a full length film which is actually Season 5 Episode 1 of the Black Mirror series.  It’s called Bandersnatch and it’s dreadful.

0 out of 10 stars.  Truly some of the worst ideas come from Amazon and Netflix.  This is one of them.

The idea behind Bandersnatch is that Netflix is controlling the show.  That’s right.  It’s called Interactive Streaming.  Throughout the show, about every two minutes, you are asked to choose what will happen next from a list of two to four choices.  If you don’t choose your are subjected to watching the same scene over and over again four times (or however many choices there are) while each choice plays through.  :0

The story line is that it’s 1984 and a new gaming company wants to program some cool games for the new game consoles out there.  Of course at the time there was only Commodore 64.  Remember that old thing?  Pong was the big hit of that decade.

Stefan is a troubled teenager, a loner, who ends up interviewing for a job at this company and he is immediately hired.  He doesn’t have much to show for his work, just some screenshots of basically nothing.  Somehow he is paid for this. :0  Apparently in 1984 Britain anyone who can light a pixel on a screen was considered a genius and hired on the spot.

All you really learn from this film is that Stefan is troubled, he admires a guy who wrote a book called Bandersnatch, his mom is dead so he sees a therapist regularly, and he sucks at pretty much everything.  I. Don’t. Care.  I’m not sure anyone would.  To disguise this as entertainment is laughable.

After watching almost an entire hour absolutely nothing had happened.  Nothing.  And there were still two hours left.  :0  Then Stefan is playing his little game and encounters someone from Netflix saying they are playing his game and telling him what to do next.  🙁  That’s when it became clear that this was one big promo for Netflix and not an actual film. 🙁

0 out of 10 stars.  Don’t waste your time.  If I could give it negative 100 I would.  It’s insulting to call this science fiction.  There’s no science in this at all.  There isn’t even a real story line.

Reviewed by Devin.


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