Taking over the story on Netflix


Grace Drawdy

Taking over the story. Shows like Black Mirror and Man Vs. Wild have been adapted to interactive stories on Netflix. Now, viewers can choose how the story lines go.

Alyssa Freyman, Editor-in-chief

People all over the world turn on their televisions and watch shows and movies. The entertainment captivates them, and they feel as if they themselves are a part of the story. However, there is something that everyone has experienced: a decision is made by the main character that viewers don’t agree with. The audience thinks of other ways that they would’ve handled the situation and wish that they were in charge of the storyline. They may get the chance soon enough.


Netflix has started a new interactive technology so that audiences can make the decisions themselves. They started with children’s television shows, such as “Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters”, “Buddy Thunderstruck”, “Minecraft: Story mode”, and “Puss in Boots”. Netflix took a different route last year with the psychological thriller movie “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch”, which is based on the popular television series “Black Mirror”. In this interactive movie, adults were able to join in on the fun and immerse themselves into the storyline of Stefan Butler and his journey of adapting a fantasy book into a video game. This month, Netflix has released a television series called “You vs. Wild”, where you get to join Bear Grylls on his adventures in hostile environments and help him complete missions by making important decisions. These are available on “smart TVs, streaming media players, game consoles, and iOS devices running the latest version of the Netflix app” (Netflix).


However, Netflix isn’t stopping there. Netflix says that there’s more on the way, including a rumor about a rom-com. With these titles available and many more to come, interactive content is becoming a more popular option.