The ultimate childhood dream — especially if you grew up in the ’80s and ’90s — involved being able to enter your television during your favourite TV show and become one of the characters. (Yes, kind of like A-Ha’s Take on Me music video.)
Fast-forward a few decades and that dream is ready to become reality, in a way. Netflix’s standalone interactive film Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, available for streaming as of Dec. 28 around the world, is letting you enter it. That’s right, you embody a character, and you choose the direction of the story.
“Wait, wait, wait, what?” you might be asking. It’s true. Those of us who pored over Choose Your Own Adventure books are now able to experience that satisfaction in real life. But how is this possible? How can millions of people simultaneously watching the film possibly control it?
Global News was the only Canadian news outlet invited down to Netflix headquarters in Los Gatos, Calif., to find out all the details about this earth-shattering launch, and boy, was it something.