Most “Black Mirror” episodes start slow while evoking a lot of questions on the viewers’ mind, so did the
“Bandersnatch”. However, “Bandersnatch” not being an episode from one of the season but an
The exclusive episode has a unique feature of enabling the viewer to make choices for the progression of
The story. The writer has given the control of the storyline of the episode to the viewer but after going
Through the episode, the viewer usually asks himself/herself, “Was I really in control of the story?”
“Your choice won’t make you in control of the story, I still control the story”
This can be applied to the story of the episode “Bandersnatch” and also to the game that is being
Developed by the protagonist in this episode. This episode is lengthier than the usual episodes of
“Black mirror” but then it also has an unusual essence to it.
The episode “Bandersnatch” of the series Black Mirror has some mix reviews because of the viewers
Feel that in spite of the fact that they are making the choices for the story, still, they aren’t in control of
It and then they don’t understand the concept of giving the choices to the viewers. If it’s not giving
Them the power to control the story then what is the point of such a feature.
Well the people that feel this, must watch it again because while the protagonist is developing the
Game and giving a brief to his agency, he says that the person playing this game would feel that he/she
Is in control whereas I will still decide the ending for them.
The writer of this episode has played so nicely but effectively with the mind of viewers that when
The viewer is watching how the protagonist is giving the power to the player but still being in control
Of the storyline of the that is when the viewer realizes that this is exactly what is happening with
Them. They feel that they have power.
The Hidden Uniqueness
The element that makes this episode so special and unique from the rest is that you might feel that
The Satisfying Relativity
“You have the power and your decisions change the course of your life” but in actual the developer (God) controls everything. You can modify and manipulate the story but the conclusion of the story
Still remains within the hand of the creator.
The viewers are the “game” that the protagonist developed in “Bandersnatch” and the writer is the
The protagonist of the episode. The writer has managed to link and relate the viewer with the episode in
Such a way that it makes “Bandersnatch” an actual exclusive episode of “Black Mirror”.