By now, if you’re a big Black Mirror fan, then you’ve likely watched at least one version of the interactive film Bandersnatch. This is Netflix’s first Christmas special, outside of its regular seasons, since the White Christmas film. Even though they’re two very different movies, fans can’t help but compare them. Which did you like better? After you read this article, take our poll at the end and let us know what you think.
White Christmas first aired on December 16, 2014, as a Black Mirror special that was not part of a particular season. At the time, it was the only TV special of the series and it first aired on Channel 4 between Seasons 2 and 3. This was also the last episode to air on Channel 4, because the series moved to Netflix after it aired.
White Christmas was 74 minutes long and contains three mini-stories that ultimately reference the two main characters’ current situation. The episode addressed issues such as punishment, cyberstalking, and whether artificial intelligence can be viewed as a form of life.
White Christmas has been viewed favorably by fans. Here are some tweets about White Christmas:
Bandersnatch, in contrast, premiered on December 28, 2018 on Netflix. It’s 90 minutes long, but that’s only if you just watch it straight through and don’t take any alternate paths. The runtime is much longer if you view all the alternate endings (and there are at least 10.) Bandersnatch explores concepts such as free will and the consequences of our actions. It also has strong connections to White Bear.
Bandersnatch has also been widely viewed favorably by fans, and it has a 90 percent rating (8.4 out of 10 on average) on Rotten Tomatoes. Here are some tweets about Bandersnatch:
But when it comes to choosing between two highly respected special Black Mirror events, it might be tough to decide which one is the best. A few people are already weighing in.
Now that you’ve finished the article, take our poll and let us know if you like Bandersnatch or White Christmas better: