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Before the Internet Podcast: ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ and the Future of Television

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Black Mirror Podcast Review

On Friday, December 28th, Netflix not only released a new episode of Charlie Brooker’s anthology series Black Mirror –  they also released what is arguably television’s biggest moment of the year. Neither a Christmas special nor a traditional episode of the celebrated British series, Bandersnatch introduces itself as a Netflix Interactive Film in which viewers choose their own adventure. The arrival of Bandersnatch wasn’t exactly a secret as it was announced way back in October — but Netflix kept tightlipped about anything to do with the storyline, leaving millions of people across the globe tuning in the second it dropped and ever since, they haven’t stopped talking about it.

For some, Bandersnatch might just be an aperitif before season five arrives, but in my eyes, Bandersnatch is a masterpiece and in a golden age of television, with hundreds of shows to watch at any given time, Bandersnatch feels fresh and exciting. Netflix shines when they push the boundaries on how we consume content. I admire the company for taking such big risks.

On this episode, Simon Howell and Mike Worby join host Ricky D to discuss Charlie Brooker’s movie/game and how it might inspire more interactive storytelling movies in the near future.

Show Notes:

Playlist: “Black Mirror” performed by Arcade Fire

Editor’s Note: This episode is now only available on YouTube.

Some people take my heart, others take my shoes, and some take me home. I write, I blog, I podcast, I edit, and I design websites. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Goomba Stomp and Tilt Magazine. Host of the NXpress Nintendo Podcast and the Sordid Cinema Podcast. Former Editor-In-Chief of Sound on Sight. Former host of several other podcasts including the Game of Thrones and Walking Dead shows, as well as Sound On Sight. There is nothing I like more than basketball, travelling, and animals. You can find me online writing about anime, TV, movies, games and so much more.

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