Like those old "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories from Bantam Books that were all the rage in the 1980s, this special Black Mirror installment will allow audiences to influence the course of the plot through their own choices.
Viewers will get to choose their own storylines in one episode of the upcoming season of "Black Mirror", the Emmy-winning science-fiction anthology series. Earlier this year, HBO released their own interactive program. The original lineup of interactive programing on the platform was announced in June of this year and included the children's programing titles, Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile, and Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout.
"While a traditional movie has a 100-page script, a two-hour experience needs to have a longer script and production to account for all the different scenarios", Bloomberg reported. It's certainly attention-grabbing, and I could see the concept working on an extremely meta-level with Black Mirror. Season four, which premiered past year, starred Rosemarie Dewitt, Jesse Plemmons, Cristin Milioti, Jimmi Simpson, Andrea Riseborough, Letitia Wright, and Maxine Peake. Black Mirror's next season is expected to arrive in December, but Netflix has yet to nail down a specific release date.
Netflix is a good avenue through which to explore how well interactive TV can work for consumers.
Black Mirror is one of the most experimental and interesting shows on TV and it could be about to blow our minds in a whole new way. As Bloomberg highlights, reality shows like American Idol and America's Got Talent have tasked viewers with casting votes to affect outcomes but no narrative-based show has tested the formula with any degree of success.
That could soon change, said Jim Spare, the chief operating officer of Eko, a company that produces interactive shows. The show will follow in the game's footsteps, giving viewers the chance to decide how the story will progress.