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Men Against Fire 

Future soldiers Stripe and Raiman must protect frightened villagers from an infestation of vicious feral mutants.


Jakob Verbruggen


Charlie Brooker




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Malachi Kirby ... Stripe
Madeline Brewer ... Raiman
Ariane Labed ... Catarina
Sarah Snook ... Medina
Michael Kelly ... Arquette
Kola Bokinni Kola Bokinni ... Lennard
Francis Magee ... Parn Heidekker
Aruhan Galieva Aruhan Galieva ... Village Mother
Simon Connolly Simon Connolly ... Doctor
Dean Ashton Dean Ashton ... Guard Bradley
Kavé Niku ... Villager (as Kave Niku)
Thomas Thoroe ... Villager #2
Loreece Harrison ... Dream Girl
Toby Oliver Toby Oliver ... Boy Roach
Michael Birch ... Roach


Future soldiers Stripe and Raiman must protect frightened villagers from an infestation of vicious feral mutants.

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller


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English | Danish

Release Date:

21 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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House Of Tomorrow See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


The term "roaches" used in the episode can be regarded as a reference to Rwandan genocide in 1994 - during the atrocities, Hutu-led broadcasting stations would often use word "roach" (inkotanyi) as euphemism for Tutsi to avoid potential allegations of engaging in hate speech. See more »


References Saving Private Ryan (1998) See more »

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The season's most thought-provoking episode
22 October 2016 | by TouchTheGarlicProductionSee all my reviews

To me, this episode felt more like an episode of Black Mirror than any other this season. The thing I like most about this series is the way that it makes me ask myself ethical questions that I never would have thought about otherwise while I'm watching. It brings up the topic of morality relative to near future technology. That is what has been in some ways lacking from this season... until this episode. Admittedly, the episode is a little bit heavy-handed at times, a little predictable at others. But at least it was working with big ideas, putting them out there, and making me think. For that reason and that reason alone, I liked it more than any other this season.

The episode follows future soldiers as they hunt down and kill genetically inferior "roaches" in some part of Europe. The subjects of eugenics, consent, and propaganda in the modern age are all brought into question by the episode.

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