'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch' Viewers Are Feeling Guilty About How They're Treating Stefan
There are an awful lot of choices you can make that help shape the story for Stefan in Black [...]
There are an awful lot of choices you can make that help shape the story for Stefan in Black Mirror: Bandersnatch -- and, as you might imagine, some members of the audience are having way too much fun intentionally making the wrongest, most heinous decisions on his behalf.
The Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style TV storytelling of Bandersnatch got some attention months ago when rumors started to swirl, but in a world where studies have shown people are often cruel to things like Siri and Alexa, it probably is not surprising that most viewers are not trying to take Stefan as safely and uneventfully through the maze as possible.
Of course, Netflix doesn't make it easy, either, as some of the more well-meaning people have made clear when responding to the story on social media.
...And, really, what's with the breakfast cereal thing?
Anyway, on to some of our favorite responses.
Breaking the fourth wall
#Bandersnatch— tiphaine (@bowergosling) December 28, 2018
Stefan: Who's doing this to me? I know there's someone there!
#bandersnatch— ? (@Thilinio) December 28, 2018
Stefan: WHO'S CONTROLLING ME???
Netflix and I behind the screen: pic.twitter.com/KyovlAU63L
Remember that story arc in Animal Man, when he came gunning for Grant Morrison because he realized he was a fictional character, and that Morrison was ultimately the one responsible for killing his family?
...Well, let's hope Stefan hasn't read that one.prevnext
...At least Stefan is not alone
Me, trying to comprehend #Bandersnatch as Stefan goes insane with my decisions pic.twitter.com/xbqmseBI4Y— NIELS NABLE (@nielsnable) December 28, 2018
If he's going crazy, he'll take you with him.prevnext
Shock and remorse
We think some of the best reactions are the people expressing shock and remorse after the decisions they make play out...
I can’t believe I keep killing everyone, I’m so done with this I just want Stefan to be successful with his game #Bandersnatch pic.twitter.com/n3U6xmWDzO— denisse (@velvetinvenice) December 28, 2018
me: *chooses stefan to jump*— tyana ??♀️ (@solaryeols) December 28, 2018
him: *actually does it*
Well, that was unexpected
Me when I chose “FUCK YEAH” and the therapist and the dad started attacking Stefan #Bandersnatch #BlackMirrorBandersnatch #blackmirror pic.twitter.com/uwMeinuOMZ— Mark Jayson Farol (@mark_jayson13) December 28, 2018
Not all of the people who are feeling the weight of their decisions went in knowing that they were going to do something bad, though.prevnext
It's 5 a.m.
I'm going to blame my bad desicions to me being tired bc its 5am so I won't feel bad about ruining Stefan's life #Bandersnatch pic.twitter.com/D6DjMNA2Zh— abigail (@cvrdanjude) December 28, 2018
You know what Michael (Jeff Goldblum) said in The Big Chill: "I don't know anyone who could get through the day without two or three juicy rationalizations. They're more important than sex."prevnext
A healthy breakfast
Let's face it, the thing everyone was talking about this morning was the cereal debate.
I know damn well that even this tiny decision is going to change the whole story #Bandersnatch pic.twitter.com/9Ch6koq1UX— Larissa (@voidmemoria) December 28, 2018
THE FIRST ACTUAL CHOICE WAS SUGAR PUFFS OR FROSTIES AND IM STRESSED ALREADY #Bandersnatch pic.twitter.com/LSn2z6lM6F— les (@unlitmemes) December 28, 2018
Did I just pick the cereal for this boy to eat?! ? BIH! #BlackMirror | #Bandersnatch pic.twitter.com/EMk4h1ZJnP— St. Nicholas ?? (@Creat1ve) December 28, 2018
Me tryna see into the possible 2,457,121 futures to see how picking Sugar Puffs might kill the main character #Bandersnatch pic.twitter.com/nrzMfgSlCT— Dusty Snowfishy (@Shadowfishy) December 28, 2018
me, chooses what i know is a bad decision
stefan: #Bandersnatch pic.twitter.com/r6oAe9j9D7— jess™️ (@plinys) December 28, 2018
Well, when you put it that way, it just sounds mean!prevnext
At least there are a lot of options.
me returning to #Bandersnatch to ruin stefan's life for the seventeenth time pic.twitter.com/l7mLeKOF5s— katy (@kxty11) December 28, 2018
Anybody remember Agrajag from the Hitchhiker's Guide franchise?prevnext
me: I just want to make Stefan happy
Netflix: pic.twitter.com/c4DolUMqhV— hash slinging slasher (@summerhtshello) December 28, 2018
This feels like a particularly depressing reinvention of Monty Python's "Dead Parrot" sketch.prevnext
A visual aid
?black mirror #Bandersnatch— hannah ♡ (@finnmeetsworld) December 28, 2018
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?stefan’s happiness |
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? every other possible ending he could have
Well, that's about as straightforward as you get.prev