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What a TV Trip: Black Mirror is inter-active

this Is now the real life or just fantasy? Caught in an avalanche, there is no escape from the reality. Open your eyes, look up to the sky and know.

Freddie Mercury has sung these words, and you have to think in this dark room in the headquarters of the streaming portal Netflix in California's Los Gatos, inevitably, at the beginning of the song "Bohemian Rhapsody". You have to see a Tablet and headphones in the Hand to be pressed with the prompt, the movie "Black Mirror: bandersnatch", well, what actually? Experience? Created?

It is nowadays touted all the time something, the car will be breaking, revolutionary, and unique, which is why the only sensible Reflex can be on such announcements only once experienced Serenity. Most of the time it is then Yes but not as groundbreaking as promised. There were a few other people to this day still in the room, all of the races practiced in seasoned Composure, but now ecstatic or distraught, or upset, and outside, there's the guy who has to answer to all of this: the English Humorist, writer, and producer Charlie Brooker is waiting. There are very cool pictures of Brooker, 47, who started as a Cartoonist. The photographs show a man whose eyebrows can lead to very impressive diabolical curves. But today, Brooker's less cool than a nervous impression. The question is apparently in the neck, is simply how well the audience will respond to the ambitious project.

master of the Tech-horror

Charlie Brooker has come up with the anthology series "Black Mirror", which is to see first of all been on the UK's Channel 4, and since the third season of the world when Netflix is running. Anthology is for series in which every episode of other people and other stories that have nothing to do with each other, except that they can be assigned to a topic. Brookers series takes place in a world that is to be judged anything other than harmonious and positive. In this dystopia, the individual episodes are linked only via hidden notes to each other. And you mix reality with futuristic scenarios.

The viewer is unsettled by this supercharged mixture so that it asks itself: Could it be really? What if there is the long? If we are monitored, such as in the episode "Arkangel"? If robots rebel against humans to life, as in "Metalhead"? If a comedian is seeking the highest political office of a country, such as in "The Waldo Moment"? To be asked at the beginning of the series seven years ago, Brooker: "If technology is a drug, and that's the way it feels but: What are the side effects?"

so, Brooker has presented the result of "bandersnatch", the Netflix as groundbreaking, revolutionary and unique in promoting and in order to make it to the world starting this Friday geheimniskrämert. The streaming portal is no longer alone, anywhere competition: other portals, traditional TV channels, Silicon Valley companies and Start-Ups. Netflix needs more than ever to deliver unique products, in order to retain subscribers and attract new ones. It praises, therefore, sometimes even completely absurd substances, in which the audience asks: What is the screenwriter and Director have taken?

The question of the hallucinatory Dimension, but in a positive sense, even in the case of Booker, whose brain seems to be a Labyrinth for the power of Imagination, in which he invites the audience to every Black Mirror episode. He has, and this is immensely important in a reasonable Co-show runner Annabel Jones, the two of them are a bit like John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and "Bandersnatch" will deliver to you in collaboration with Director David Slade (Hannibal, Breaking Bad) something really New for the story. Something like what "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" for the music industry.

It's about a young programmer in 1984, wants to create a revolutionary computer game, based on a book. It would be utter nonsense to tell now, just a word to the action, and certainly not because of spoilers is stupid. But because each viewer a different story, yeah, what actually? Experienced? Creates? He meets again and again, decisions for the protagonists, on the console via controller, the Smart TV using the remote control and the iPad, or Smartphone on the Display immediately after the start and then every 90 seconds. It always means to type of bifurcations on A or B and to choose one or the other strand of the plot that lead to the all the different Endings to the story.

It is to tell a tribute to the interactive story of legendary computer games such as "Zork" or the book series "Choose Your Own Adventure", and again the question arises when you Consider: Is this the real life or just fantasy? There is no escape from this reality.

Interactive stories there are not for more than 50 years, the idea is truly new, especially in the case of Netflix already, the interactive children's films "Minecraft: Story Mode" and "Puss in Boots". The plot lines of these stories and games can each be on a single sheet of paper as a tree with a few branches and twigs record. If you did it a couple of times, then you know at interactive books, movies, and Play all of these branches and twigs.

The boundaries of storytelling

"Bandersnatch" is moved, no further action tree with Branches and twigs, it is a kind of LSD-maze with a total of nearly five hours of film material, from which the spectators ecstatic, upset, or angered to find out - and immediately runs into it, because he has heard that the variants of "enchanted", "confused" or "left" are possible. It's Meta to be introduced-levels and Meta-Meta-levels, notes on books, TV shows, Netflix, and who is one of the favorite strands of Brooker (or experienced or created), the noted, such as Brooker takes himself on the Arm for the madness he has created.

"My head has begun to smoke when you Write again and again," says Brooker now, "progress is not linear, so the author gets lost in this maze he himself has created and in which he actually should know." Netflix had improved during the production of the technical possibilities, so that new actions or shorter intervals between choices were possible: "It was completely crazy, but I hope it was worth it."

As I said, Brooker seems tense, because so what it has in this sinuous beauty, with such manifold variations and such a complex Point. "I would not speak of Evolution, or even demand, that many stories can be told from now on. There is a lot to fit in, to make it work," he says.

So an Experiment can fail, big time. And let's be honest: It fails, in principle, very much more often than it succeeds. "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch," but it works for the viewer, who engages with it and makes it work - all the others may think it's the biggest crap you have ever seen. During the demonstration a little nervous, Charlie Brooker but this can be really don't care. A: It should work for most of the audience actually. On the other: He has pushed the boundaries of storytelling. He created a new Genre.

"Black Mirror - Bandersnatch", in the case of Netflix.

(editorial Tamedia)

Created: 30.12.2018, 19:21 PM

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