Future soldiers Stripe and Raiman must protect frightened villagers from an infestation of vicious feral mutants.Future soldiers Stripe and Raiman must protect frightened villagers from an infestation of vicious feral mutants.Future soldiers Stripe and Raiman must protect frightened villagers from an infestation of vicious feral mutants.
The squad infiltrates a farm house they believe is harboring mutated humans they call roaches. Medina interrogates the farm owner while Stripe and Hunter clear the house. They find a secret door, revealing a nest of roaches. One of them points an LED device at Stripe and they open fire. They arrest the farm owner and burn the house down.
Stripe experiences glitches with his MASS interface during training. After an examination, he's told nothing is wrong. Stripe, Hunter and Medina arrive at a housing complex to search for roaches. Medina is killed by a sniper and they move inside the complex. Stripe finds a woman and Hunter kills her. Stripe stops her from killing a mother and child.
The MASS implant these soldiers are given wipes their memory and gives the military control over what they can see. It's explained that a majority of soldiers don't want to kill or even fire a gun. The soldiers augmented reality allows the military to pull off genocide and reward them with lucid sex dreams as a reward for killing people they deem inferior.
Jakob Verbruggen directs this episode in a way that puts you in the perspective of a soldier discovering the true meaning of his actions. In some parts it feels like a video game, showing first person views with a gun in hand. The acting is very good overall with a standout performance by Malachi Kirby as Stripe.
Men Against Fire is a sci-fi action drama that questions the use of advanced technology in warfare, the dehumanization of soldiers and psychological consequences of mass murder. It's another great episode in Season 3.
- Apr 29, 2019