In the first trailer for You Vs. Wild, Bear Grylls implies you can kill him

At the Netflix Labs press event earlier in March, Netflix confirmed its ongoing commitment to interactive entertainment in several ways. Journalists at the event got advance peeks at a few more children’s shows that would let viewers pick their protagonist, or unlock areas on a map during viewing. One breakout session was devoted to the process behind the creation of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Charlie Brooker’s movie-length interactive Black Mirror episode. And during the event, Netflix revealed its plan for a new series called You Vs. Wild, an interactive spinoff of Bear Grylls’ Man Vs. Wild, starring Grylls in a variety of survival scenarios where viewers get to pick his next move.

The first trailer for the series has arrived, and it relies heavily on dramatic situations forcing dramatic choices, with Grylls barking “You decide!” at the viewers. He even implies that a wrong choice could have real consequences: “You’re in charge here! You’re on this journey with me! And if you don’t make the right choices, it might not end well for me!”

The drama in You Vs. Wild is naturally a little trumped-up, since to shoot a real choose-your-own-adventure-style branching narrative, Grylls would have had to play out both choices in any scenario, including the one that didn’t “end well.” And this particular narrative feels more like a video game than past Netflix interactive shows, opening up the potential for the whole thing to feel like a playthrough of Dragon’s Lair, with players trying to hit the right beats to keep their on-screen avatar alive. But while the entire story may be more based in fiction and theoreticals than Grylls’ actual wilderness survival in any given situation, the show’s over-the-top aesthetic and elaborate threat situations still look pretty entertaining and immersive.

You Vs. Wild launches on Netflix on April 10th.

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Smart move. They can easily double or triple consumption from one single episode when viewers go back to take a different path.

Well, you also need to produce twice the content or more for every possible branch. I don’t think it makes that much difference production wise. It’s a cool gimmick and also prevents people to stream it somewhere on the internet for free illegally.

I really had no interest in this until watching the trailer. It has been a minute since I have watched Bear, and I forgot just how good his personality is for this type of show.

Do people really like this stuff or is it just the gimmicky nature of it all that’s appealing? I remember being intrigued by the YA choose your own adventure books I read as a kid back in the 90s but quickly lost interest. I just don’t see the appeal in these things. Probably just me?

It’s just you. Or it’s just me. I loved the CYOA books back in the 90s and still do

ha fair enough!

Gosh, are they gonna release stats on how the community votes like a Telltale Game (RIP)? I freaking love Bear Grylls, so I’m pretty dang down for this. I feel like this could be lightly educational as well. See the error of your stupid decisions play out in front of you!

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