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Thanks to a full page ad in the NY Times by Netflix a couple of days ago, I skipped ahead to watch this (Emmy nominated) episode. Very well done and quite provocative.Netflix has been releasing a steady stream of trailers for Black Mirror Season 4 over the past week. This one caught my eye:
“Change your future” tomorrow with choice-filled Black Mirror film on Netflixa feature on a new fifth season of Black Mirror, but Netflix has instead unveiled a standalone film with a trailer that asks viewers to "change your past, your present, your future." And in a rare turn for the series, this "event" film sees the show's universe step backward in time, not forward. The trailer employs a decidedly '80s British new-wave aesthetic and introduces an up-and-coming video game company set to capitalize on the nation's early-'80s home-computing boom. (The British flourishes help this trailer look singular, as opposed to seeming like a Stranger Things carbon-copy.)
This new gaming company will make its mark by adapting a notorious sci-fi novel, named Bandersnatch, and the trailer sees an apparent protagonist descend into madness by trying to understand the book's notorious author. Pills, vinyl records, wild hairdos, VCRs, and mysterious figures emerge along the way (as do some not-so-subtle references to other Black Mirror episodes, such as the name of the fictional game company matching that of a robot-dog factory from the series' fourth season).
We'll likely have to wait until 2019 to see how the rest of Black Mirror's announced fifth season unfolds in terms of release dates, number of episodes, and whether any other episodes employ similar choose-the-ending gimmicks.