On Dec. 28, 2018, a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Netflix film called “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” was released. “Bandersnatch” is about a young programmer named Stefan Butler who starts to question reality when he adapts a fantasy novel into a video game.
Within the film, you get to choose Stefan’s day-to-day actions, like which cereal to eat and what music to listen to. However, the plot quickly intensifies once Stefan realizes he cannot control all of his own actions.
Stefan heard this theory of being watched and controlled by something, may it be the government or something far different. This, along with the viewers picking choices for Stefan, makes him start to question everything around him. Is he really in control? Is someone watching his every move? Are his peers really who they say they are?
The more interactions you make in the film, the more Stefan goes crazy, or at least make him feel like he’s going crazy. He knows that someone, or something, is making decisions for him; he just doesn’t understand what is going on. There are so many different choices you can make, which can lead up to many different endings (and even a few secret endings as well).
Just like in this movie, we tend to have many choices in life that we feel like we cannot control. Have you ever felt forced to do something you didn’t want to do? Have you ever had a random impulse to do something that you never thought you would do? You probably said yes, and if you did, you would not be alone.
There are plenty of times in life when you have a choice to make, but you feel compelled to do a certain thing, even if it doesn’t seem like the best idea. Like the butterfly effect, one small choice you make can change how your entire day will play out, so choose wisely.