Every season of "Black Mirror" needs its 'action' episode, though "Fire" fails to live up to the heights of past endeavors and likely qualifies as Season 3's sole misfire. The script resurrects the tech we saw in "Entire History of You" while hinging its entire premise on a very literal (read: very obvious) riff on wartime dehumanization. The sluggish pacing doesn't help, though Madeline Brewer is excellent.
MEN AGAINST FIRE offered us a different kind of zombie genre. Actually, I'm still confused if the creatures in this episode can be referred as "zombie". Charlie Brooker gave us a satire/social commentary about "what if - we are more zombie than the zombie itself?". Honestly, I loved his concept about that. But not the presentation. I feel MEN AGAINST FIRE is very predictable to me. I never cared with its characters..
Perhaps unfairly maligned in the Black Mirror canon for its dramatic execution, Men Against Fire presents a very unique spin on a terrifying concept. The aura of cold detatchment and unsettling vibes throughout the episode subconsciously feed in to this wider sense of conspiracy too: if there are no real monsters, we'll invent our own and sell the concept by any means necessary.
Not the best Black Mirror, however it does present a compelling, and granted not incredibly subtle, look at the demonization of foreign peoples and cultures to push a political agenda. And while the stage for this message is not necessarily groundbreaking, war is perhaps the most poignant atmosphere for it to be staged.