TV Show: Black Mirror
Episode Title: Men Against Fire
Original Air Date: October 21, 2016
Episode Number: 3×05
A military story set in a post-war future. A rookie soldier is posted overseas, protecting frightened villagers from an infestation of vicious feral mutants alongside fellow soldier Raiman. They’re hoping some new technological advantage will save them.
Wow. This one definitely made you think not only about the atrocities of war, but of our history (mainly pertaining to the Holocaust). It’s crazy that this kind of technology would skew one’s perception of reality by showing the “roaches” to be non-humans/monsters and the program only does this to save the soldiers and other non-roaches from trauma if/when they end up killing them. What kind of fucked up shit? I swear, Charlie Brooker has got to have the most messed up imagination in the history of this world, lol. The things his mind comes up with is just insane.
This episode was very reminiscent of a season two Fringe episode (which I just happened to watch today) titled Johari Window. SPOILER WARNING. . . . . . The gist of the episode was that the military commissioned Walter and another doctor to perform experiments on the people of a local town which led to them being seen as “monsters” if they go out of range of the signal that skews other people’s perception of them. When an out of towner sees them, they’re regular people. Outside of the signal, these “monsters” are seen as deformed.
But back to Black Mirror. Poor Stripe. He had no choice but to accept the Mass reset because there’s no way he would have survived being incarcerated and have those images of him killing those people in his head for eternity. That’s no way to live. The ending was very sad, too. He goes home and in reality there’s no one to greet him and his house looks rundown, but in Mass reality, he sees the girl in his dreams to greet him. So messed up.
You know, this episode is not far from our reality now especially in America where the current administration is doing their best to undo all the efforts President Obama did to make gay marriage legal, women’s equality, abortion rights, immigration rights, medical insurance. Hell, you name it, this current administration is doing their all to dismantle everything this country is supposed to stand for. They are only concerned to make their deep pockets even deeper and they don’t care for the citizens of this country except for the richest of the rich.
I’m going to stop before this going into a political rant…