Black Mirror fans have been waiting for season five for, what seems like, forever.
Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones haven’t quite given us season five, but a standalone movie.
Bandersnatch was kept under wraps in the lead up to its release, with only its release date leaking.
The movie sees us ‘playing’ a PC game from the 80s in the streaming site’s interactive episode.
Fans have already started looking into the game Bandersnatch and how real it all is.
The word comes from Alice and Wonderland, Lewis Caroll’s book. It means "wildly grotesque or bizarre individual" and it was used to describe a "wonderful animal" in the 1872 book Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There .
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Bandersnatch in Lewis Carroll’s book
In the Jabberwocky poem it says: "Beware the Jabberwock, my son!/The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!/Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun/The frumious Bandersnatch!"
Since then the word has popped up in pop culture. There’s the Frumious Bandersnatch band from the 60s.
There were a few clues laid by Netflic before it’s release, with the tag line "be right back" – that’s the name of the season two episode starring Hayley Atwell where she brings back an artificial intelligence of the character Domhnall Gleeson plays.
But was there an actual game?
There was actually a never-released game called Bandersnatch created by the Liverpool-based company Imagine Software.
Imagine went broke just 18 months after it launched, according to the magazine Crash . BBC2 covered its collapse in the documentary Commercial Breaks.
The game remained unreleased, but parts of it went on to become Brataccas, though that seems irrelevant as it shares very little with the game Bandersnatch.
Reddit user Automaton120 also shared that the game was actually referred to earlier in Black Mirror in season three’s Playtest. The front of the Edge magazine that encourages Cooper to take the job with SaitoGemu.
There’s no indication of what the actual game Bandersnatch was about though, perhaps we’ll never know, but it makes sense that the game links into the wider Black Mirror universe.
A continuous theme of the show has been about the impact of technology on our lives, so the game and its interactive nature fits with this.
Black Mirror’s Bandersnatch
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