Netflix is always looking for new approaches to the entertainment market, working not only with the essence, but also with the form. The “Extreme” series of the “The Black Mirror” science fiction television series consolidated its flagship status. “Bandersnatch” (the last series of the season) is interactive. The viewer chooses further actions of the hero up to the type of cereal for breakfast, and each of these choices leads to different film finals.
But let’s not forget the main thing. About the main idea: to show the impact of information technology on humanity. What did the author want to say?
Talent is no guarantee of success
The main character Stephen, apparently, is very talented. He works hard, reads. But if everything worked according to the same scheme: you are talented — well done — this is your success. The film teaches us that talent and hard work will not provide a bright future. Ambition and ideas will not provide minions or recognition. Self-digging, self-confidence and, moreover, the right place and the right time are important on a par with talent.
Money won't make you happier
The mid-80s, a young guy — a programmer and a recluse, the coolest “Tuckersoft” company that creates computer games of the time. And they believe you, invite you to work. It’s dream! Where there is not a word about money: no fee, no salary, and no deductions on copyright to the creator of the game Stephen, who is the main character. The path of the artist, the creative creator, is in the first place here. There are the brinks of madness, despair, full immersion. There is a creative realization that cannot be bought for money and that will determine your life.
On the other hand, there is a financially successful programmer, the author of the main character favorite games, his idol Colin Ritman. He is incredibly rich man who, according to his boss, could buy Lamborghini, but still smokes roll-ups. Money doesn’t make him much happier. He wanders around his mind and loses touch with the real world, commits suicide. But he had money.
Excessive expectations don’t lead to anything good
What did Stefan expect from life? He expected repentance — from the father; the most exciting activities in life — from work; the being of an incredible person, who can’t walk across the Earth with ordinary mortals — from his idol; easy treatment, without any effort on his part — from the doctor, and from the boss — that he will mark his outstanding skills.
It should be reminded that nothing good doesn’t come out in any of the finals.
Moreover, the film traces a satire on our society —we are always in the expectation that someone will decide every problem for us. Rare brave souls are ready to take responsibility for their lives. Well, take that.
If you were a spectator, would you be interested in watching your life?
Dr. Haynes’s question of trying to convince Stefan that no Netflix is observing his life would be a good idea for each of us to ask ourselves. Since we spend half our lives in Instagram, this is quite understandable matter to our society. The creators of the series reproach humanity again: here they are your criteria for success and a fascinating life – can you make an exciting TV show out of it? Or is there lack of drama? The film teaches us to be less vain, but at the same time to think whether we live interestingly enough.
Remember the deadline
Pass the game on time. Pass the game on time. Pass the game on time. Whatever the life drama is- the problems in the family, the corpse of the father in the backyard, madness, going beyond consciousness.
But deadline is deadline.
Every decision is relevant
The idea of the film seems a little like the cliché, but they are life truths at all. Even Ray Bradbury in “A Sound of Thunder” showed that the death of one man – it is unborn billions of his descendants. In the same way, in “Bandersnatch”, each of your decisions forms a completely new life scenario. What do you eat for breakfast, what playlist will you turn on, will you be late for a couple of minutes on your train and go on another … All the most insignificant things are writing another life scenario. And you will carry the burden of this decision all your life, or not your decision.
We all come from childhood
Antoine de Saint-Exupery said that. As the film shows us, the hero’s breakdown began just then. It is a powerful tragedy, of course. But how many fears, uncertainties or character traits we carry from childhood memories, parental relationships. Nobody taught our parents to be parents. No matter how hard you try, anyway, everyone ends up at the door of the psychotherapist. The series reminds: have the courage to admit it, work it out and move on. And don’t forget to take pills, who knows, what might happen.
Our reputation is everything for us
It is the new currency of our time. “Tuckersoft” became famous for its developer, the suspect in the murder, and what happened to “Tuckersoft”? Don’t have time to release the game on time, as promised? The final is known.