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PostSubject: Black Mirror   Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:02 pm

I hope you guys and gals are watching this Netflix series. It's very dark, and very well done.
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PostSubject: Re: Black Mirror   Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:39 pm

It's a little too close to home too. Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Black Mirror   Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:41 am

I've watched it. Not bad most of the time, but a little uneven.
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PostSubject: Re: Black Mirror   Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:51 am

I thoroughly enjoyed most of it. Some of it was positively haunting.

Best episode: The woman whose social status depends on how many "like"s she gets on her phone.

Worst episode: The one where the Prime Minister is forced to have sex with a pig on live TV.
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PostSubject: Re: Black Mirror   Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:30 am

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Worst episode: The one where the Prime Minister is forced to have sex with a pig on live TV.

Ha! The very first episode. I found it shocking myself, though far from the best episode. I think the most disturbing eps for me were "White Christmas", "Men Against Fire" and "Hated in the Nation"

Most moving episode: "San Junipero"
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PostSubject: Re: Black Mirror   Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:08 am

New season was just posted. I guess I'll have to give it a view.
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PostSubject: Re: Black Mirror   Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:17 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Black Mirror   Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:17 pm

I don't do Netflix but this really tempts me. Those choose-your-own adventures are nearly always fun, whether they're a book or what.
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PostSubject: Re: Black Mirror   Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:51 pm

OMG this is incredible.  The implementation is masterful.  And seamless.

The protagonist is a 19-year old videogame programmer named Stefan Butler.  It's 1984.  Stefan is trying to program a branching game called "Bandersnatch," after a branching novel of the same name.  The original author of the book went crazy and beheaded his wife.

Stefan keeps coming up with choices, some mundane -- which cereal to have for breakfast -- and some profound -- whether to kill his dad or not.  You, as the television viewer, get to make the choices for him.  At some point Stefan begins to feel he's not in control of his own life, as if somebody else is making all the choices for him.  He becomes paranoid.  He reaches a point where he thinks he needs to kill his dad because his dad isn't who he pretends to be.

Or is he?

Choose another path, don't kill the dad, see what happens.

Choose another cereal, see what happens.

The choices are dozens, and each one leads into dozens of different forked paths.  Some lead back to the same place, but playing the same choices a second time DOESN'T get you the same pathway.  Things are altered subtly, different choices are presented.

Characters keep saying "We've met before" when they haven't -- in THIS path.  Some characters inhabit more than one path at a time, apparently.

When you make a choice that radically alters a character's life, you get a flashback of what has happened so far.  That flashback, just a couple of seconds from a dozen scenes to refresh your memory of how you got there, that flashback INCLUDES all of the choices you've made before.  I'm sure if you made different choices previously, you'd get a different flashback.  How the hell do they do that?  Is there a separate server at Netflix for each viewer watching "Bandersnatch"?

The mind boggles.

Lots of period music. Lots of period fashions. Period computers of course (humorously spoofed later on). It all seems properly researched and spot on the money (except maybe a TV video game review program (did they have those?) which looks more 1974 than 1984.). But in general very impressive, as I'd expect with Black Mirror.
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PostSubject: Re: Black Mirror   Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:16 pm

Okay, I went through it a second time, making different choices. Most led to the same points, some were rather sudden dead ends, and I'd actually seen most of the options the first time through.

So maybe 3-4 hours rather than a week's entertainment. Still, first time through was amazing.
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PostSubject: Re: Black Mirror   Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:46 pm

Wikipedia wrote:
The average viewing is 90 minutes, though the quickest path ends after 40 minutes, and at least one path results in a 2.5 hour viewing experience.[1][4] There are 150 minutes of unique footage divided into 250 segments.[5] IGN reports that according to Netflix, there are five "main" endings, with variants within each ending; such endings may be intercut with credits, similar to other Black Mirror episodes.[3][6] Producer Russell McLean said there are between ten and twelve endings, some of which are more vague as endings compared to others, and according to director David Slade, there are a few "golden eggs" endings that may take a long time before viewers figure out how to achieve them.[7] No ending is considered "prescribed" over any other, according to executive producers Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones, particularly as they felt some endings were not truly endings in the traditional sense.[7]

In most cases, when the viewer reaches an ending, the interactive film gives the player the option to redo a last critical choice as to be able to explore these endings, or they can alternatively view the film's credits.[2] In some cases, the same segment is reachable in multiple different ways, but will present the viewer with different choices based on the way they reached the segment.[8] In other cases, certain loops guide viewers to a specific narrative regardless of the choices they make.[9] Some endings may become impossible to reach based on choices made by the viewer, unless they opt to restart the film.[6] This action will erase all stored information about which options they had selected while watching the episode on that device.[10]

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