Black Mirror Review & Ranking All of Bandersnatch’s Endings

Netflix’s Black Mirror unleashed its much anticipated choose-your-own-adventure episode “Bandersnatch”, where it allows the viewer to make decisions throughout the film, which alters the ending. After watching the episode, I must say, it’s mind blowing. It’s not the best installment of Black Mirror,  but it is a one of a kind experience. My mind is still processing the endings, but I do want to break down and rank all the endings I found. If I’m a bit off or wrong about certain aspects, please forgive me as I spent three hours watching through a lot of the possibilities. Here’s my ranking and needless to say: SPOILER ALERT

8) Too safe for good reviews: If you were too scared to see Stefan go completely insane, then you probably clicked on options such as “spill tea on computer” or “take pills” which both result in poor reviews of “Bandersnatch” with an unhappy Stefan watching his game fail. I grouped these all together because ultimately, you decided to play it safe, rather than go down a twisted path.

6) Stefan works for the company: To me, this isn’t even a real ending as Will Poulter’s character, Colin, lets you know right away that you made the wrong move already. This is literally 15 minutes into the episode, so there’s no way you’re content and decide to leave it at that. So is it really an ending? Wrong choice mate.

6) Stefan falls to his death on acid: This ending means you followed Colin back to his apartment for a drug-induced night. While they’re on drugs, they go out to the terrace where Colin says one of them is going to jump. What. And you have to choose who. WHAT? This is one of the first really intense choices you have to make, and I chose wrong as I chose Stefan, thinking he’d have a Birdman moment and start flying. Anyway, you’ll want to go back and choose Colin after making this fatal mistake. Just remember to stay away from drugs kids.

5) Stefan’s father drags Stefan out of his therapist’s office: This is one of the first set in stone endings as Stefan and his father fight his therapist. Stefan learns that Netflix is watching over him and controlling his every move. The fight is actually pretty badass and crazy, but to me, it ends so abruptly and we don’t get to know how the game turns out. Weird, but at least it’s a final ending.

4) Stefan buries his father, goes on killing spree: This was the first ending that I got that didn’t give me the option to go back. I closed my eyes as I clicked “Kill Dad” and watched as the “White Bear” symbol determined pretty much the rest of the ending. He kills his father, Colin’s wife shows up to his door, but then the dog discovers his father’s body. Apparently though, there is a path where Colin comes to his door and you get the option to killing him too. I didn’t get that, but Stefan is sent to jail before finishing the game and he gets poor reviews.

3) Stefan goes back in time to join his mother on the train: This ending was really interesting and it definitely has potential. Stefan gets to the safe and picks the option “TOY” and out pops the white rabbit he was looking for right before his mom’s death. It’s surprising as he travels back in time to that moment so he can board the train with her. Stefan dies in present time because of this decision and the episode ends. I’m surprised this ending led to tying in his mother’s death because it was the only one that did. However, everything about the video game proves to be irrelevant after the episode ends, so it leaves me missing some sort of conclusion to the game Stefan was working on so intently.

2) Dr Hayne’s office is revealed to be a movie set: This is such a cool ending. Instead of the therapist brawl that ensues, you can choose to climb out the window, and it leads to a way more of a meta ending. At this point, Stefan is aware of Netflix making his decisions so he asks his father to take him to Dr Haynes. When Stefan goes to climb out the window, someone says cut, and it becomes clear that the entire episode is being filmed as a director tells “Mike” that he’s doing the wrong action. I know it ‘s supposed to be a bit light-hearted but it’s pretty satisfying and funny because it shows how emotionally stunted the actor was as he got too into his character “Stefan.” If there was more to this ending that involved the video game, maybe it’d feel more satisfying. As a whole, it’s not the best ending, but I found the most joy and watching this ending.

1) Stefan chops up his father, gets in the right mindset and gets rave reviews: I love the Netflix ending. It’s so interesting, but it’s another storyline that sort of ended. This is the darkest of the endings, as you choose to chop up his own father’s body. It started to dawn on me that the uglier more gruesome choices led to more interesting paths, so Stefan kills his father, chops up the body and has plenty of time to finish the video game. This is the only ending where Stefan gets rave reviews, but his moment is short lived as he’s arrested shortly after. Colin’s daughter Pearl takes over the game years later, and we think the episode is over, but when there’s a glitch in the game, we have to choose to destroy the computer or spill the tea, and either way, it ends the episode. What makes this ending the true ending to me is the fact that Stefan concludes that he needed to make people think they had a choice, when in reality, he chose the ending. And in reality, we as viewers think we have a choice, but we’re often pushed to complete certain actions like killing his father and refusing to work with the company. It’s mind-boggling and I loved it.

  • My favorite moment from the whole episode was Will Poulter’s monologue about Pac-Man making you think you have all these choices and free will in life, when in reality you simply don’t. Everything he said about alternate timelines was exactly what happens, making his character more self-aware than anyone else’s. When he said “wrong choice” he’s talking more so to the audience. When he said “you’re down the hole” he’s telling the audience you’re deep into the path you’ve selected. His character was definitely a scene stealer for me. Loved the acting. Also it breaks my heart that people were bullying the actor on social media after the episode aired, so much so, that he quit Twitter. People are so cruel.
  • The acting in general was all very good. Apparently every path was filmed separately meaning they had to film similar scenes multiple times. I guess I get why because it made every moment to moment choice feel very seamless, but that sounds incredibly difficult production wise.
  • Overall, I really enjoyed the experience. While the plot suffers because of all the choices you have to make, I’ve never had the joy of choosing what happens in an episode, and it was exhilarating to have unfold. All of the endings sort of leave you lacking in other subplots and points, but I feel like they did the best with what they were working with.
  • There’s also a PAC ending, where Stefan finds out his father and mother are working for the government, but it actually leads back to Stefan having to choose to kill his father, so to me, it wasn’t exactly needed.
  • My ranking is purely based on my own opinions, and if you disagreed, that’s totally fine. To me, it was important to have certain moments like what the heck happens with the video game which happens to be the title, so if it didn’t include that, I was just more inclined to rank it lower.
  • I want to know other people’s thoughts. What’s your favorite ending?
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How I Became a Social Media Editor

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During my undergraduate studies, I wanted to make sure I made the most of it with all the opportunities at my university. When I was a senior, I had done everything in my journalism department, so I figured I seek out the English department and see what publications I could possibly contribute to. When I heard of a publication called ZPlatt, I thought I’d check it out. It was a literary journal, and nobody really showed interest in taking on social media so I figured I’d take a wack at it. I had to take off my journalism hat and put on my public relations hat, so here’s how I did it and here’s some advice on navigating a job revolving around social media.

  1. Know the publication and then vamp it up: The publication we were making was formerly named after a slave owner. It was discovered by members of the English department, so I looked up the book that held this information and started forming a new voice for our publication. We decided to do away with ZPlatt and hold a contest to see who could come up with a new name. It was insane that we found it out when we did, but it was a great opportunity to create a platform. Make sure you know the publication you’re working for. Actually read it, and then figure out how you’re going to use the same voice to convey a new theme for whatever issue you’re working on. Bring fresh ideas will instantly make you more valuable than sticking with what was done previously.
  2. Use apps to your advantage: One word. Canva. Canva is the perfect app to use if you’re looking to make Instagram posts, posters, Facebook posts, or even invitations. You can create templates on your phone easily and the best part is that there are so many stylish templates that are absolutely free. I created all my promotional posts through Canva and even used it to redesign the website a little by inserting saved templates into WordPress. If you’re involved with marketing or PR, you’re going to want to check this app out. Additionally, our website was run by WordPress and when I was updating the website, I had a lot of editors and staff writers that wanted me to edit certain details of their posts. Downloading the app saved me a lot of time because I didn’t always have my computer at hand. Make sure all your apps are accessible.
  3. Network & use whatever connections you have: When we were putting the publication together, I used a lot of my personal connections to my advantage. One of my good friends took professional photos, and one thing I disliked about the old website was how all the bio pictures had different sizes and varied in lighting. Seeing an edited photo and a selfie next to each other is not professional looking. So I booked a photographer for my class. He brought proper lighting, and it seemed a little silly to some people, but it made the website that much more professional, and that wouldn’t have been possible without asking for a little favor from my friend.  Additionally, I knew a ton of people in my journalism department, so I asked an editor from the newspaper to write an article about how we were rebranding our publication. Just getting that little bit more of press definitely helped. These were all little favors I asked for, but it had a great payoff. Use connections if you have them, and if you don’t, then start networking. My adviser told me after we finished that she was so impressed by my professionalism even though in my head, it seemed like common sense.
  4. Be serious and don’t let time get away from you: Social media is something that can be done at anytime, which is exactly why it can get away from you. You can always say “I’ll do it later.” One thing I made sure of every week was that I set aside time to map out what I wanted to post for the week. I made sure there was a mix of FB posts with quotes and promotions and then there were staff photos and bio pics thrown in as well. Keep up with Instagram and Facebook. Tweet everyday. If there’s not much to say or do, check out what’s going on in the news. Find a quote relevant to your publication. Is it a national holiday? National waffle day? Maybe you can make a poll on Instagram story. Just be active and create a feed worth following because everything is at your disposal.
  5. Make it fun! Did I work for Glamour magazine? Nope. It wasn’t my dream, but I went into it with the enthusiasm as if it were, and it helped keep me motivated. Our publication was a lot of fun. We made videos. We brainstormed ideas. We planned our launch party. Being able to work for a job that you enjoy is awesome! Even though it was a student publication, the product came out beautifully, and now I can say I was a part of it, but more importantly, it’s something to put on my resume. I have experience now, and it’s all a learning experience I won’t forget.

Hope you like this post. I don’t usually post stuff like this, but I hope you like it!