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What Is “Bandersnatch”? Here’s Why You Should Watch It

If you’ve been online in the past few days, chances are you’ve heard about the latest obsession from viewers of the Black Mirror Netflix series. We give you everything you need to know about the interactive special which the internet can’t stop talking about.

While fans of Black Mirror await its fifth season, the creators of the show released an interactive film titled Bandersnatch which has captured the attention of the internet and created debate whether it is a film or a game.

Set mostly in 1984, the film follows a young video game programmer named Stefan Butler (Fionn Whitehead), who is programming his own interactive video game called Bandersnatch which in turn is based off a novel by the same name by author Jerome F. Davies. As the story progresses, Butler begins to question his reality in the disturbed Black Mirror-style the show is renown for.

Arguably the most unique aspect of the special is that during different points of the episode, viewers encounter a “choose your own adventure” option where they are forced to make choices which affect the outcome of the story. Each time a decision is offered, viewers are given 10-seconds to choose which option to go with.

These choices include seemingly inconsequential things like choosing which cereal Butler eats, what kind of music he listens to, or more vital ones which determine how he reacts to certain situations. In each instance, a choice is automatically selected should the viewer fail to make a decision within the allotted 10-seconds.

Netflix announced that there are more than 1 trillion choice variations viewers can make for the film. The story has an approximate running time of 90-minutes which can vary for viewers based on their choices throughout the film. However, if a viewer takes the quickest route without opting for do-overs, they can get through the film in just 40-minutes.

Although some choices affect the story to a larger degree than others, everytime a choice is made, the story is nevertheless affected in some capacity. For example, when the viewer chooses which cassette tape Butler listens to, the music in the episode immediately parallels that in the scene. Each and every choice leads to other choices later on in the story, as well as to an ending. Netflix has stated there are “five main endings with multiple variants of each”.

Since the special was released on December 28th, viewers have debated whether Bandersnatch is a game or a video. Many argue that due to the interactive nature of the special it is more of a video than a film, while others decry their lack of emotional investment into the characters and events, unlike other Black Mirror episodes due to requiring to be focused on decision making throughout the video.

If users, however, prefer to watch it like a film, they can allow the 10-second timer to rundown each time and allow an option to automatically be selected for them. Netflix has not revealed how the choice is made when users do not select a choice, therefore it remains a mystery whether it is random or guided to an ending.

The fifth season of Black Mirror has been announced but due to Bandersnatch the release date has been pushed back to later in 2019.

For those unafraid of spoilers, Forbes created a walkthrough for how to navigate to all five possible endings.

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The Big Bang Theory To End In 2019

The Big Bang Theory will end with the upcoming 12th and final season it has been announced.

The top-rated comedy in US television will air its final episode in May 2019. “We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past 12 seasons,” Warner Bros Television, CBS, Chuck Lorre Productions announced in a joint statement. “We, along with the cast, writers, and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show’s success and aim to deliver a final season, and [the] series finale, that will bring The Big Bang Theory to an epic creative close.”

Jim Parsons who plays Sheldon Cooper, along with his four original costars Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar, and Simon Helberg, all stood to make more than $50 including profits if they agreed to stay on the show for two more years. However, Entertainment Weekly report, “Parsons was ready to say goodbye to the ensemble sitcom that made him a household name. Since there is no show without Dr. Sheldon Cooper, next spring’s 12th season finale” will be the show’s last episode.

Parsons, won four Emmy awards, a Golden Globe, and has a voice role in spin-off show Young Sheldon, for his portrayal of the theoretical physicist and in deciding to walk away from The Big Bang Theory has ended the show in the process. He expressed “intense gratitude” for the crew, writers and his fellow castmates on his Instagram page. “I will miss all of you and all of this more than I can say and more than I can know at this time.”

With 279 episodes racked up at the conclusion of the sitcom, it will end the show’s run as the longest-running multi-camera series in television history. Last season 18.5 million US viewers tuned in to watch season 11 of the show. The series has won 10 Emmy Awards and received a further 52 nominations during its 12-year run.

The final series of The Big Bang Theory will begin airing in the US on Monday, September 24 and is expected to finish next May. Producers have promised an “epic creative close” for the ending of the show.

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The Big Bang Theory will end with the upcoming 12th and final season it has been announced.
The top-rated comedy in US television will air its final episode in May 2019. “We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang...