If there’s one thing I’ve been loving about Netflix, it’s the constant diversity of content in their television department. From the explosion of Making a Murderer to the almost instant success of Stranger Things, Netflix has help revolutionized series viewing in the modern digital age. Within the last few years, I’ve been particularly impressed with the explosions in Docu-Series and animation shows. Now Netflix can add another show to their roster of great shows with Love Death and Robots.
Love, Death and Robots is an animated science fiction anthology series. This means that each episode is a self-contained story. Before I get further, I should say that this series is not for children or the faint of heart. Viewers can expect gore galore with each episode. Along with this are scenes of nudity, sex, and dialogue that shouldn’t be heard by children.
So moving past the TV-MA rating, the series consists of 18 episodes that are all animated, with the exception of one that’s mixed with live-action. The series is created by Tim Miller, the Director of the first Deadpool movie. Also assisting in the series creation is Executive Producer David Fincher, the Director of Se7en and another film that I can’t talk about because I don’t want to break the first 2 rules of a certain club.
In an interview with IGN Miller spoke that this partnership was in the works for over a decade. But the origin of this partnership is when Miller wanted to make a modern retelling of Heavy Metal. While no studio wanted to make their original idea of a movie, Netflix thankfully accepted.
Love Death and Robots is a must watch for any sci-fi fan. Each is episode is wholly unique in the stories and this is only matched by the animation that matches the uniqueness. What also makes the series unique is that each episode is also a different time span. Some episodes are less than 10 minutes while others are over 20. This allows for each story to tell their story without the feeling like it was drawn out or cut short.
The stories are set in a various time periods, and offer a new take on old science fiction themes. One episode is about the dangers of space travel into deep space, while another is about the rise of an unexpected life form that takes over the government, and one episode that can only be described as Battlefield V meets Stranger Things. A majority of the episodes are based on short stories that have been published.
I felt drawn in with each episode for both the story being told and the story being shown with the animation. Many of the episodes are animated in a style that is computer realistic that add a level of grounding of reality into these stories. While others have a flair of beauty that is reminiscent of the Ghost in the Shell Movie or the silliness of a Pixar short.
Overall I can’t recommend this series enough as a must watch on Netflix. With multiple fresh stories, beautiful animations, and a commitment to uniqueness Love, Death and Robots should be added to any watchlist, but be mindful of the content. I give this series a 4.5 out of 5.