Matthew Miner

Netflix Gimmicks

Recently I watched Kaleidoscope on Netflix. Its conceit is that you watch the episodes in any order. Your experience differs from mine based on the sequence you choose.

Before that I saw Bandersnatch. Like a Choose Your Own Adventure book (or my favourite, Give Yourself Goosebumps), you guide the story via prompts that ask what the character should do next.

I found neither experience satisfying — the episode order of Kaleidoscope feels inconsequential and the repeated scenes in Bandersnatch are a bore — but I appreciate the experimentation. So I brainstormed more gimmicks for Netflix to try.

Swell ideas, right Netflix? Let’s talk: