I am in absolute awe what this show has accomplished. Each episode (varying from 8 to 18min in length) is a piece of art with a lovely story and a twist that leaves you hanging. The humour is crude, the penises are on display and the jokes keep rolling. From existential meditation of humankind as seen from the unfeeling (or very feeling) eyes of a robot, “Say Terrabyte!” and jump in!
The series is a creation of Tim Miller (known for directing Deadpool and the upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate
Note: Episode list is user-dependent. My first one was Sonny’s Edge but the list varies by user as reported by Netflix in this tweet:
Episode: Beyond the Aquila Rift (2019)
Awakening after traveling light years off course, a ship’s crew struggles to discover just how far they’ve come. They encounter Greta, one of the lost love of the crew captain, who embarks on seducing him and re-igniting the flame between them. The thing is, Greta is not real, she’s like a spider creature from the edges of the universe who feeds on people and drains them of life in a very Matrix-like style – by keeping them locked in a lovely dream where they talk, eat, have sex.
At the 5 min 30 sec mark if you look through the glass at Greta you see the entire creature. This makes it even more sinister (given the sex scene that happens next) when rewatching. You can also see her spidery shadow at the 12 min mark.
The episode is great as he’s actually trapped in a hellscape with no way out.
Episode: Sonnie’s Edge (2019)
In the underground world of “beastie” fights, Sonnie is unbeatable — as long as she keeps her edge. The thing is, the cool-ass Sonnie is fighting for her life everytime she steps in the ring. She’s one of the finest androids I’ve ever laid my eyes on and it being the first episode in the series has definitely contributed to the memory of it being among the best.
Episode: The Secret War (2019)
Elite units of the Red Army fight an unholy evil deep in the ancient forests of Siberia. This was the last episode in the series and it definitely went out with a bang! The monsters were so lovely drawn it would put the animators who worked on “The Great Wall” to shame.
Episode: Zima Blue (2019)
The renowned artist Zima recounts his mysterious past and rise to fame before unveiling his final work. The animation was absolutely superb and the message it sent kept me thinking for days. You find the greatest happiness doing the thing you were designed to do and the simple tasks bring the most fulfilment.
That blue tile which grew bigger and bigger with each work of art – until it reached the size of a planet – was in fact a subconscious desire to go back to the beginning, to reset and start again.
Episode: Good Hunting (2019)
The son of a spirit hunter forges a bond with a shape-shifting huli jing. The 2D animation and the amazing mecha reminded me of “Full Metal Alchemist” – where magic and steam mechanics were both intertwined. Here though, the British colonialists invade Hong Kong and the magic in the world slowly dissipates. The relics of the past are trying to adapt to the new world or starve and this is where the huli jing comes along. While trying to fit into the world of men, touched and degraded at every step, she lost her way and wishes to hunt again. The son offers her a way out.
Episode: Three Robots (2019)
A trio of robots takes a trip to an abandoned post-apocalyptic city. With the human race having perished many years before, the robots are seemingly baffled by the world left behind confused by balls, their robot ancestors and the cats that remain.
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By the end of the episode, the Robots on the final tour of their holiday arrive at an abandoned military base. The trio finds a nuclear warhead inside and the ‘female’ of the group begins to explain why the humans would use such a catastrophic weapon and how effective it is at wiping each other out, heavily hinting there was a nuclear war that killed them. Instead, she begins to elaborate upon her point that it was not in fact weapons that caused humans to perish but our belief that we were the pinnacle of all creation, and we “poisoned the water, killed the land and choked the sky.” In the end, it was not nuclear bombs that destroyed us but our own stupidity.
Episode: The Witness (2019)
After seeing a brutal murder, a woman flees from the killer through the streets of a surreal city. The animation was absolutely stunning and I could not tell for the longest of times whether they used real actors or not or how they did the blending.
The story is that of a chase. The hunter becoming the victim and the victim becoming the hunter once more. It always ends in murder.
What I did find oddly amusing – there is a lot of nudity and explicit scenes! Full Bush Warning!
Episode: Lucky 13 (2019)
After the drop-ship Lucky 13 lost two crews, no pilot would fly her… but rookies don’t get a choice. I recognised Possay from “Orange is the New Black” and for the life of me I could not tell if she was real or a very good CGI rendering. The story is good – a good pilot takes over an ill-reputed ship and brings it back to glory by making sure nobody died on her watch. She refuses to move on from the ship when an upgrade is offered and takes good care of her vessel. In turn, the ship takes care of her.
Episode: Shape-Shifters (2019)
Deep in Afghanistan, two Marines with supernatural powers face a threat from one of their own kind. First thing you notice is that they’re bare-feet. That they can see far away and survive bullets in the legs and arms where most men would die.
They are not most men. They are a sort of a werewolf that can survive outside in the daylight and change at night (during a full moon). They take out enemies but they didn’t think that the enemy would have their own. Great story about brotherhood.
Episode: Suits (2019)
A community of farmers use their homemade mechs to defend their families from an alien invasion. I loved how they had two switches on the machine: Farming & Death and destruction! This reminded me a little bit of “A Quiet Place” and I suppose that’s how the world would have looked like if you had to defend your house against alien invaders every single day.
When the camera zoomed out at the end of the episode, you could see a blacked-out planet, filled with some green zones of hope in domes. Was this Earth or was this a colony on another planet? Who was the invader?
Episode: Helping Hand (2019)
Stranded in orbit, an astronaut must choose between life and limb before her oxygen runs out. I nearly looked away during the breakage but OMG it was intense. She let her hand freeze and then broke it off like a twig, by twisting and turning (I feel sick thinking about it now!)
Episode: Ice Age (2019)
A young couple moves into an apartment and finds a lost civilization inside their antique freezer. I loved how they showed the speedy passing of time, the wars and the screams of dying people and the final bouts of civilisation when they went to space exploration. And the re-start was also amazing!
What I found intriguing was how non-phased the two were about the miracle happening in their fridge. None of them called the media, brought out their camera to record it or had any type of outlandish reaction. They ate pizza while the mini-world developed and grew and tiny people lived and died in an instant. And then I realised, that’s how WE are. If there’s a God up there, he must watch us as un-interested as these two were.
Episode: When the Yogurt Took Over (2019)
After scientists accidentally breed super-intelligent yogurt, it soon hungers for world domination. Umm, I didn’t like this one this much. Like, I get the satire – any sentient being would want to take over this world and set it right but soon realise it’s the humans who make it crap and go somewhere else.
Episode: Alternate Histories (2019)
Want to see Hitler die in a variety of comically fantastic ways? Now you can. Welcome to Multiversity! I chuckled so hard at these!! Outlandish ways for Hitler to die, the meteor one was the best. Squid on the moon landing after evolution took its course.
Episode: Sucker of Souls (2019)
Unleashed by an archaeological dig, a bloodthirsty demon battles a team of mercenaries armed with… cats? I had to laugh at this! Dracula, the undead, the vampire of all vampires thwarted by the fear of a cat! But he couldn’t be defeated and he wasn’t alone. Great horror story!
Episode: Blind Spot (2019)
A gang of cyborg thieves stage a high-speed heist of a heavily armored convoy. This wasn’t that good either. The action scenes are very well made but there is little to no backstory. Why were they stealing the chip? Are they rebels or thieves? Did they not back up the mind of the young’un?
Episode: Fish Night (2019)
After their car breaks down in the desert, two salesmen take a dreamlike voyage to the dawn of time. I loved the animation in this one! Resembled Archer a little bit with hard drawn lines and well defined facial features. They even managed to convey the searing heat, the boredom of waiting for nightfall and most amazingly – the details of another underwater world. Thankfully, the penises were obscured in this episode by tight cuts and well-placed knees.
Moral of the story, do not transcend worlds to swim with the fishes, as you might get eaten!
Episode: The Dump (2019)
Ugly Dave calls the garbage dump home, and he’s not about to let some city slicker take it away from him. Because he has a pet like no other! This definitely wasn’t one of my favourites but the animation was top-notch. Dave was well rendered, the leathery look of his skin testifying for loads of years in the sun. His pet was of unknown origin and definitely deadly!
The underlying theme of the 18 episodes of Love, Death & Robots is explicit from the title: love, death and robot . In reality, apart from a few brief remnants in a small number of episodes, the second and third component definitely take precedence over the first, creating a dark and cynical cross-section of the present and the near future of humanity. The themes are therefore particularly strong and adult, as indeed is the staging, seasoned with numerous scenes of violence and explicit nude.
This makes Love, Death & Robots a product absolutely not recommended for children, and in general for particularly impressionable people, also because of the realism of the animation, which accentuates every emotion, often giving the feeling of actually experiencing a mixed experience between virtual reality, video game and dystopian nightmare.