The Brief: Memes about the Netflix film Bandersnatch reflect on its unique format and the significance of everyday decision-making.
Bandersnatch, a short film in the Netflix Black Mirror series has inspired a number of memes about the “choose your own adventure” style film. It takes in place in 1984, following a young man, Stefan Butler, who is designing a video game called Bandersnatch. Throughout the film, viewers can choose between two options, deciding what actions Stefan takes, along with his fate. They range from which cereal to eat for breakfast to whether or not Stephan should commit murder. There are many possible paths, as mapped out by this Reddit user, for the movie to take, depending on what options users select. Sometimes viewers are prompted to “go back” when their choices lead to dead ends or incomplete circumstances.
Bandersnatch memes include commentary on people’s experience watching or playing the game/film, as well as other references to pop culture, the major concepts in the movie, and other relatable experiences. Like the film, some of the memes are dark and deep as they explore ideas around free will, mental illness, multiple realities, the fourth wall, and more.
A reference to The Good Place:
For many viewers, it took much longer than 1 hour, 30 minutes.
An interlocking handshake meme:
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch pic.twitter.com/RCmXKX17di
— I can’t believe it’s butter (@TheKyleCohen) January 2, 2019
The film has inspired international and multilingual memes:
This Bandersnatch movie is wild pic.twitter.com/SVb3VrCZcT
— Ted Mosby (@edwadough) January 2, 2019
“Sorry Mate – Wrong Path” Memes
In one variation of the film, viewers may choose an option that leads the character colin to tell Stephan and the audience “sorry mate – wrong path,” before the viewers are prompted to choose the other option instead. This moment has become a meme format.
Bird Box Memes Meet Bandersnatch Memes
Although Bird Box and Bandersnatch are quite different in content, the two popular Netflix originals that were released just before the new year have inspired a number of crossover memes:
isnt birdbox bandersnatch the guy who plays dr. strange
— nika (@goslngs) December 28, 2018
We need a bandersnatch birdbox crossover pic.twitter.com/w7LRXh7a9b
— M’BAEku (@HTXJAX) December 30, 2018
Bird Box and Bandersnatch sound like Victorian names for genitals
— Quinn Sutherland (@ReelQuinn) December 29, 2018
Yesterday: #BirdBox is the best movie ever to come out of Netflix.
— Jennifer Joe (@JenniferJoe_) December 28, 2018