Have you ever considered that a small decision you make could change the rest of your life? If you haven’t, and you’re a fan of Black Mirror, then welcome to existential hell. Netflix released Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, branded as a “Black Mirror event,” on December 28, and it confirmed what most fans already speculated: the whole experience is a choose your own adventure.
The episode opens up with an explanation of how the experience should work. The story, which follows a young programmer in 1984 as he adapts a choose your own adventure book into a video game, quickly gets out of control. Much like a choose your own adventure book, at certain points in the episode, viewers are presented with two options to choose from that may seem as simple as a mundane activity.
Depending on your choice, the story shifts in a particular direction. It doesn’t help that the explanation video alone is giving some serious Lost vibes and ends with a stickman launching himself into a pool of sharks, so seriously—no pressure, you’re going to do great.
The experience itself though couldn’t be anything less like a choose your own adventure book. Choosing an option is seamless and shifts you toward a new storyline without a break in playback at all. If anything, the most nerve racking part comes from having to make the decision so quickly. As soon as the episode released, viewers hit Twitter to confirm just how terrible we are at making decisions.
Though Bandersnatch is the only installment of Black Mirror released today, it’s almost as if it’s multiple episodes in one… especially if you feel like you really screwed up with a decision. For what it’s worth, I chose the Frosties. If it all goes to hell, blame the first run on us.