On the whole, Black Mirror‘s venture into a choose-your-own-adventure style episode would likely be deemed a success.
Since its release, conversation surrounding the episode has dominated social media and office environments across the world.
Of course, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea and it hasn’t come without its portion of critics. A common complaint has been that the interactive element has taken away from the actual storyline of the episode.
That shouldn’t be too big an issue really, considering we do have a full new season of Black Mirror just around the corner. But hey, you can’t please all the people all of the time.
Either way, Charlie Brooker, the mastermind behind the show has a pretty brutal response to anyone complaining about Bandersnatch.
In a Q&A with HuffPost, Brooker gave his opinion on those who had taken issue with the episode.
“There’s […] some people that are like, ‘I don’t wanna make decisions’, ‘I don’t want to do any of it.’ Well f**k off, then,” Brooker explicitly stated.
“Do something else!”
He also went on to discuss people who had complained about the complexity of the interactive elements.
“Then there’s some people who think: ‘oh, it’s too simple as a game’ or ‘games have done this before’ – well this isn’t on a gaming platform, it’s on Netflix,” He said. “I’m well aware of what a computer game is, thanks.”
As for anyone wondering if there’s any kind of outcome to the episode that provides Stefan a happy episode? Yep, an obviously upbeat Charlie Brooker had a pretty straightforward answer for that too.
“Have they seen Black Mirror?”
We’re quickly learning that Bandersnatch has way more endings than the original five people discussed. Netflix recently shared another path that viewers could take to lead them into another hidden outcome.
think you’ve seen everything there is to see in bandersnatch? try picking up the family photo, ~twice~
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) January 8, 2019
Another ‘secret’ ending relates back to the scene where Stefan is sat on the bus, when in the initial feature you choose what tape you want the character to listen to. Only in this alternative sequence, Stefan pulls out a copy of his game, Bandersnatch.
You then hear some unusual noises, which fans somehow figured out was data for the ZX Spectrum. Run that through an emulator and convert it into a QR code and this is what you get…
— David James Lennon (@cowboystyle) December 28, 2018
The site’s description reads: “Tuckersoft was a gaming development company that took the world by storm in the 1980s. They were an absolute hit factory, with their owner famously referring to the firm as the “Motown of Gaming.” Their success was driven by industry superstar Colin Ritman (Metl Hedd, Nohzdyve).”
On the website is information on all of the fictional company’s games with a wide range of references to past Black Mirror episodes.
As if that’s not enough, you can even download the ‘Nohzdyve’ game that is referenced in Bandersnatch. Though this is a ZX Spectrum game, meaning you would need an emulator to play it.