Through all the violence, the most shocking turn in "Men Against Fire" is Stripe's discovering how he wound up with MASS in his head. His nefarious "psychiatrist" (Michael Kelly of House of Cards) shows the soldier a video of the day he enlisted. He needed an out. "Part of what you're agreeing to is not realizing you've been put in this state," an off-screen voice tells the slouched, flippant kid. "That's kind of funny, man."
The moral apocalypse is a choice, Brooker insists. If we're aware of what we're signing up for, cautious of what we're being fed, and empathetic to the strife around us, maybe we'll bypass it. If we're seduced by sales pitches, we may end up like Stripe: a beautiful wife, a white picket fence, and total ignorance. One man's dystopia is another man's utopia.