When Netflix launches its special episode of Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters in March, it won’t just be twisting the Hasbro toy-turned-superhero on the small screen; it’ll also be twisting the idea of following a linear story with a single, definitive ending.
Borrowing a page from the world of role-playing games, the streaming service is getting viewers involved by letting them choose their own adventure for the new episode — at least in broad, made-for-TV strokes.
In Netflix’s trailer, Stretch and his wingmen pause at key, pre-combat moments to talk strategy. When they do, a simple interactive set of option boxes appear at the bottom of the screen, allowing you to pick which path the Flex Fighters will take to get the job done.
From what Netflix has shown, it appears that the good guys always win — but the mechanic does offer the interesting possibility for cliffhangers, forking paths that might leave the door wide open for how future episodes could resume the action where it left off. If, that is, the idea isn't just a one-off.
The device also could give fans an incentive to watch each kid-focused episode more than once — something Netflix is probably counting on.
Voiced by Scott Menville in the title role, Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters also features the vocal talents of Steven Yeun and Ogie Banks, along with supporting work from Wil Wheaton, Keith David, Felicia Day, Kate Mulgrew, and Walter Koenig.
The show's setup is simple, but it gets the job done: After being accidentally exposed to a strange chemical, Jake Armstrong and pals gained their flexy powers for Netflix’s animated reboot, but they’re still trying to keep things normal on the typical teenager front.
Season 1 of Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters is available for streaming now on Netflix. The new interactive special hits the streaming service on March 13.