There is a lot happening in Love, Death & Robots, Netflix’s latest animated show which features action, violence, horror, sex, nudity, and numerous philosophical questions. While you might not enjoy all 18 episodes, I hope Netflix continues to create such content to tell an array of stories.
Love, Death & Robots is an anthology animated series from a team of executive producers which includes David Fincher and Deadpool director Tim Miller. Each episode has been animated by different crews from a range of countries. The series is a re-imagining of Fincher and Miller’s long-in-development reboot of Heavy Metal.
This animated outing showcases a certain type of experimentation which I don’t see other streaming services (Disney+, DC Universe, etc.) doing. Netflix needs to continue making such content to stand apart from the rest.
Ranging from approximately 6 minutes to 17 minutes, you can watch the episodes in any order you want. There is nothing connecting them except for certain narrative threads about what it means to be human, existentialism, what our future holds, and more.
There is a lot of sci-fi and supernatural elements in these episodes. So, I think fans of such genres will appreciate Love, Death & Robots more.
Each story having different animation styles helps keep everything fresh. Some of the episodes, especially ‘Fish Night’ and ‘Good Hunting,’ are gorgeous to look at.
Here’s the entire episode list and what I thought about the content:
- Sonnie’s Edge: A very intense fight sequence. Queer female lead.
- Three Robots: Definitely one of the best episodes. The three robots have amazing personalities. I need them all as action figures! Also, lots of cats!
- The Witness: An interesting concept, but I think it overexploited the lead female character and not in a completely artistic manner.
- Suits: Likable characters. The ending was good.
- Sucker of Souls: Your usual Dracula-related horror and gore.
- When The Yogurt Took Over: Even yogurt can grow bored with humans.
- Beyond the Aquila Rift: Awesome sci-fi horror.
- Good Hunting: Gorgeous art.
- The Dump: Nothing new.
- Shape-Shifters: Not a very unique concept, but I still enjoyed watching it.
- Helping Hand: Very intense. 127 Hours, but in space. This could have been a movie.
- Fish Night: Gorgeous art.
- Lucky 13: I still don’t know what happened to the previous crews that rode in the ship.
- Zima Blue: Raises a good question about going back to the basics in life.
- Blindspot: Nothing new.
- Ice Age: What was the point of this?
- Alternate Histories: It is about Hitler being killed in various ways.
- Secret War: Nothing new, but still enjoyable to watch.
If you have a few hours to spare and want to enjoy various stories full of mystery, horror, sci-fi, and the supernatural, you should give Love, Death & Robots a try.
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Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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