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I thought Bandersnatch had a 'good' ending.

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Eduk
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I thought Bandersnatch had a 'good' ending.

Post by Eduk » January 3rd, 2019, 11:08 am

A lot of people seem to be complaining that you can't 'win' Bandersnatch. But for me it does have one ending which is 'good' or a 'win'.
Rather than just tell everyone what I think I thought I'd ask some questions as I thought it was an interesting show which touches upon a lot themes which are common to this forum.
1. Did you 'watch' it like a computer game or a film? And does it matter?
2. Do you think it had a 'good' ending? By which I mean a positive ending (happy, cheerful, optimistic). You can also say if you thought it was good, as in a high standard (or not).
3. Do you think this film was anti free will? Or not.
4. What do you think of Will Poulter deciding to cut down on twitter? Do you think it's related thematically to the show?
5. Anything else?
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Steve3007
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Re: I thought Bandersnatch had a 'good' ending.

Post by Steve3007 » January 3rd, 2019, 11:39 am

5. Anything else?
I haven't watched/played it yet, but it's available on Netflix so I will soon, and will comment more then. But in the meantime I note this: a modern trend that seems to me to be related to this subject is people (like my kids) watching YouTube videos of other people playing video games. They seem to be doing the opposite of what Bandersnatch seeks to do: turning an active, participatory pastime into a passive, observational one.

They're willing to spend ages (hours if I let them) watching some guy on the other side of the world shouting at a video game. Naturally, my first reaction to them doing this was to ridicule it. But they pointed out to me that it's no different from watching a football match on TV. Watching other people playing a game.

Eduk
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Re: I thought Bandersnatch had a 'good' ending.

Post by Eduk » January 3rd, 2019, 11:51 am

I possibly have a different relationship with games/tv than you do Steve. I see neither as inherently passive, it depends on the viewer and what is being viewed. Or, 'you get out what you put in'.
I will say it is a different thing to do something than it is to think. Games require doing and thinking, but it's hard to do both at the same time. Films mostly just require thinking, as such it is often times easier to think while watching a film than it is while playing a game.
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