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Black Mirror: Bandersnatch Review

28 Dec

This is a middling episode of Black Mirror elevated by the Choose Your Own Adventure framework, one that can only really work on a one off basis before its inventiveness wears off. This applies to the episode itself as well; on the first go around, I was thoroughly enjoying the ability to make choices, but when I revisited the choices to gain a better understanding of the full picture, I found myself thoroughly bored and occasionally frustrated. I’m being a bit generous due to the time and skill that must have gone into the crafting of this episode, but repeat viewings further uncover a flimsiness in character and plot that lead to an underwhelming conclusion no matter what.

Black Mirror built a name for itself on pulling the rug out from under its audience, but this episode’s story is pretty pedestrian stuff comparatively. Whitehead and Poulter are great, but when you’re engaged not because of what happens next in the story but because of what choice you’ll get to make next, then there’s a problem. I’m fine with the episode pulling me towards one particular conclusion or lane of story development—especially given the logistics and limiting medium—but only if the direction it’s taking me in is good.

I kind of miss the Channel 4 days.

GRADE: B

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2 Responses to “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch Review”

  1. 13mesh January 3, 2019 at 1:34 am #

    Hi PB, glad to read your blog after some time (I’ve been MIA lol)! And I so agree with what you said about Bandersnatch.

    If you want to read my review, here’s the link: https://meshthemoviefreak.wordpress.com/2019/01/02/black-mirror-bandersnatch-bad

    • polarbears16 January 8, 2019 at 7:03 am #

      Hey! Nice to see you again, great review

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