Wikipedia calls Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018) an "interactive movie," a term which it defines as

[...] a video game that presents its gameplay in a cinematic, scripted manner, often through the use of full-motion video [...]

In this respect, Bandersnatch is similar to many of the interactive stories made by Telltale Games, which I assume are on-topic.

Can I ask questions about Bandersnatch here, or should I take them to Movies & TV instead?

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    I don't see why we couldn't field the odd question about the interactive portions of this, although Movies & TV deemed it on-topic for them, so it may just be safer to ask over there
    – Robotnik Mod
    Jan 20, 2019 at 4:55
  • @Robotnik: That's fair, but I notice they are getting questions of the form "How do I win/get a happy ending/get some other outcome?" and I imagine those would be on-topic here... right?
    – Kevin
    Jan 21, 2019 at 1:42
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    I personally see no issue with it, it's interactive, it features multiple different paths and choices to make. It makes me think of those "interactive CD" full-motion-video games of the mid-90s.
    – Robotnik Mod
    Jan 21, 2019 at 3:02
  • I've found that if a question is on-topic on Arqade and another site, you're better off asking on the other site. Jan 21, 2019 at 12:49
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    @Studoku: A very large subset of video games are on-topic on SFF.
    – Kevin
    Jan 25, 2019 at 4:41

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Expanding my comments into an answer for posterity:

Personally, I see no issues with asking questions about Bandersnatch here. Bandersnatch is an interactive story-driven adventure in a similar vein to a "Choose your own adventure" story. It shares elements with those "interactive CD" full-motion-video games of the mid-90s, or as a more modern equivalent, to Telltale games like The Walking Dead, Minecraft: Story Mode, or Back to the Future.

In terms of the medium, that hardly matters. We've fielded questions about Google Logo Doodles, Google Maps, (Twice!), and even Browser Error Screens, because of the mini-games these mediums contained, 'Netflix' is just another medium with the capacity to deliver gameplay. Bandersnatch features multiple different paths, choices to make, and different endings depending on those choices. It can be replayed too, making different decisions will produce a different experience and ultimately a different outcome/ending.

So yes, I think it should be fine to ask questions about Bandersnatch here. Do note that Movies & TV deemed it on-topic for them too, so depending on your question and the sort of answer you seek, you might consider asking it there.

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