Bandersnatch

Turns out, my smart TV isn’t smart enough — Remember when televisions sat in a box, were dumb as toast, and you had them repaired instead of buying a new one? Probably not, but I do 🙂

My laptop might be slightly more intelligent than my TV, but I didn’t inquire. For Bandersnatch, I wanted a big screen.

A little whining to younger family members got me the loan of a gizmo that temporarily increased my TV’s IQ and voila — I could now access the You Choose features that make Netflix’s production of Black Mirror’s Bandersnatch so intriguing.

Mind you, anything from Black Mirror is intriguing. Tales of a future just close enough to today’s reality to be deeply disturbing. I’m a fan.

This time, though I was more interested in the interactive format than the plot …

A few minutes into the movie and you’re given your first opportunity to affect the story line. Do you choose Door A or Door B?

Doesn’t matter, the fun is in the choosing. It’s incredibly satisfying watching the actor on screen follow the path you set. You get to play God from your couch. Very cool, but …

The novelty wears off quickly. The emotional charge you get from pressing that button becomes more of an intellectual experience. What happens if I …? Where will this end …? When will it end …?

The choices are all yours. You’re given many opportunities to choose and continue the narrative or exit to credits. It’s fascinating. You’re an active participant rather than a passive voyeur.

Multiple choices mean multiple endings. Interactive movies are not the shared experience we’ve become used to.

And that too, is fascinating 🙂

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Been There, Done That.

Are there no original ideas out there anymore? Have we run out of talent? Does it all come down to money? Is it just too big a risk to step out of the tried and true box?

First, it was the movies. Churning out sequel after sequel, each one worse than the last… Pirates of the Caribbean, anyone?

Now television is getting into the act, bringing back shows that were great in their time, but now… not so much.

 

Full disclosure: I haven’t watched the new version of The X Files and only one episode of Roseanne.

Will & Grace? Let’s just say that if a power surge toasted my PVR and Will & Grace got lost in a digital black hole it wouldn’t ruin my night.

There are more of these Everything Old is New Again shows coming to a network near you next season. Do I care? Do you?

Netflix is on its way to dominating the industry because they go out on a limb and actually bring us new stuff.

 

A word to the television gods — revivals belong on Broadway.

But …

If you insist on polishing up the golden oldies, there’s a petition going around to bring back Queer As Folk.

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Now that I wouldn’t mind seeing again 🙂

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My Superhero: Jessica Jones

Supergirl, Batwoman, Wonder Woman; all good, but Jessica Jones beats the crap out of all of them.

Do you see her running around in some lame-ass version of a bathing suit? Please. She wears jeans and a leather jacket. You know, like a normal person. No cleavage necessary.

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Does she chase down miscreants wearing boots with heels high enough to sprain an ankle? Yeah, no.

Does she need a pair of pretty gold bracelets to access her super power? Nope. Her main accessory is a bottle of liquor.

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Her super power is strength. The woman is a wrecking ball, sending the bad guys flying like bowling pins.

What’s not to like, right?

She faces her demons, cares about her friends, and never gives up.

Jessica Jones, she’s my hero 🙂

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Can’t Blame Netflix

I have a wee, tiny bit of a problem with self-discipline.
or…
I have an extraordinary talent for procrastination.

Anyway you say it, and FYI I’m going with door #2 here, I’m not as productive as I should be.

How does Nike put it? Just Do It! Great slogan, but… um… how?

I read a little nugget of wisdom that went, “If you want to reach your goals, get out of bed.” Woah. Perfect, right? Clear, simple, practical…excellent wake up call. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

I set my alarm. The getting up, exercise, shower and dress part went pretty well. Somehow though, between the breakfast table and my laptop I ended up watching Netflix. — Fail.

I found a second pearl of wisdom that was particularly clever. “Stop watching TV.” Right, simple. No problem.

I moved my laptop upstairs to the guest bedroom, closed the door. Quiet, private, no TV, no distractions … uh, yeah, about that …

The bedroom has a window … and the sun was shining … and my phone was right there.

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And since I was snapping pictures anyway …

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Yeah. — Fail.

Easily distracted, there’s a cure for that, right?  🙂

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