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  • Anvilicious: Even by Black Mirror standards, this is definitely one of the least subtle episodes of the show.
  • Artistic License – Physics: No one, after having suffered a concussive blow to the head, would have been able to walk over a mile or more over the course of a few hours.
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  • Broken Base: Some viewers like the episode for its interesting premise and social commentary on the dehumanizing effects of war while others criticize it for having a plot twist that could be seen a mile away and for said social commentary being too heavy-handed.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Charlie Brooker uses the idea of advanced augmented reality so often in the series that roaches actually being people becomes obvious very early on. Also, the show has not been known to actually use straight-up monsters before this, even further making it obvious.
  • Cliché Storm: The Fantastic Racism twist and Aesop makes this the least original plot of any Black Mirror episode. Hasn't this been done a million times before?
  • Complete Monster: Arquette is an ardent supporter of the MASS system and its goal of exterminating the Roaches—including innocent children—by changing their appearance into grotesque mutants so soldiers would not hesitate to pull the trigger, despite acknowledging that they are civilians. A military psychologist who uses his position to direct genocidal attacks against the Roaches, Arquette is xenophobic enough to claim that the eugenics program is completely justified since the Roaches have "shit in their DNA". When Stripe begins to discover the truth behind the MASS system, Arquette imprisons him and gives him the Sadistic Choice to either have his memories erased and continue massacring Roaches or stay locked up and have his MASS system configured to replay the footage of him killing Roaches with their appearances intact in an eternal loop.
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  • Spiritual Adaptation: It is basically a retread of the storytelling involving implementation of the brainwashing techniques that was shown in Haze, and the The Outer Limits episode "Hearts and Minds". The Twilight Zone (2002) also has an episode with a similar setup.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: In a way, both this episode and the Outer Limits episode mentioned above are an inversion of They Live. In They Live, the aliens used cloaking technology to masquerade and infiltrate human society; in this one, humans use cloaking technology to cause other humans to appear to be mutants.
  • The Woobie: Poor Stripe.

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