Black Mirror S03E05

An under 2000 character Review on Anthologies. Number 12, Black Mirror S03E05 – Men Against Fire – Directed By: Jakob Verbruggen – Written By: Charlie Brooker – Release Date: 10/21/2016. Originally Posted on 6/23/2020.

Black Mirror is a UK retelling, of sorts, of the Twilight Zone. Most of the episodes have to do with humanity or the dark sides of humanity in relation to modern society, technological advancements and media/social media sensationalism aka what I call “POOP Culture.”

The perfect soldier… A soldier that knows its target, feels no anxiety about the duty of murder during wartime. A solider that does not smell or see the pains of war. In the future, the military gets computerized implants that give them real-time data in wartime situations. It allows them to see, strategize, communicate and execute wartime plans.

In order to get these upgrades, one must allow their partial memory to be erased. They know beforehand what they see may not be literally real but once the implant and the mind erase occurs they no longer remember this and now believe what they see as real. When a war between a village and mutant-like creatures breaks out the military is brought in to wipe out the mutants at will. When the mutants start to fight back and use a special ultraviolet light to zap a soldier it messes up with the implant interface and now sees the mutant creatures for what they really are, humans.

Refugees… Still ordered to kill them the soldier refuses and is taken into custody. There he is reminded why they erase the memories of soldiers. It brings up the age-old question of what is right and wrong in a state of war and what is the Government allowed to do to a soldier to make them obey orders and not be totally messed up with PTSD after the fact.

If you knew you were going to massacre un-violent refugees, as a soldier and under orders, would you? When is too much of a thing in war, too much? Would you want to know? And if you did know, would you still obey? Your country just asked you to murder, no, ordered you to do it. The enemy possesses no threat outside the stealing of food to survive. Do you do it? The Nazis did…