‘Love, Death and Robots’ is a series available on Netflix, touching on subjects from post-apocalyptic worlds, alternate universes and the supernatural – among other things. Whatever you like, whether it’s fantasy, animation, comedy or live action, this series has something for everyone. Each episode is completely different from the last, consisting of a short, stand-alone, story. Reminiscent of ‘Black Mirror’ and its structure but for fans of animation. With amazing acting and masterful art, this show serves as a great creative outlet for a variety of media teams around the world.
Given that each episode is made by a different studio, it should be obvious to say that the show has amazing variety; it almost feels like watching a festival showreel of amazingly produced short films. If you want to see something truly imaginative and gripping, I highly recommend ‘Love, Death and Robots’. Alongside the fact that it’s an undeniably unique series, each viewer gives the studios behind it more exposure and convinces Netflix to continue with projects like this in the future. Having such a large streaming service funding lesser-known studios gives creative minds the chance to show their work in the public sphere, in turn, providing innovative content for us, the audience.
The show is mixed medium, some episodes have live action, some animation (even stop motion animation), which allows for some really beautiful visuals.
In the two episodes utilizing live action, the shots, editing, lighting, etc., combine to make something just as interesting and unique as any of the animations displayed alongside them. Like in the Season 2 episode ‘Life Hutch’ the team utilizes both Live-action and CGI to create a visual style similar to the modern Star Wars movies, and it’s obvious to tell they never slacked on attention to detail.
Each of the animated episodes have their own individual style, and all look amazing, of course. But there are some episodes where the animation struck me as particularly beautiful; in ‘Sonnie’s Edge’ the colours and monster designs are bold and really drive the post-apocalyptic environments to seem real, in ‘The Witness’ they utilize a very unique and pop-art like style that makes the short look like it ripped straight from a comic book and ‘Good Hunting’ has some of the most fluid and satisfying to watch 2D animation I’ve ever seen in a show like this. It’s obvious how much time, effort and passion has been pouring into each one of these stand-alone short films.
Love, Death and Robots is definitely worth a binge watch, and with how short the episodes are the two seasons will probably only take you an afternoon to watch. It combines hard-hitting topics, comedy, and storytelling into one wonderful, emotional journey. Despite all of its good qualities however, there are some aspects that may discourage you from watching. There is a fair amount of nudity and explicit scenes prominent throughout the show, meaning if that makes you uncomfortable or if you’re watching around children you may want to stick something else on.
The themes touched on in the show can range from ridiculous to heavy and very adult. Some of the plots include topics that may be disturbing, and they do not beat around the bush when addressing these subjects. If you are put off by war, SA, or child endangerment then some of the darker episodes may not be for you. You should be able to tell by the description of the episode if this will be an issue, however.
If this interests you, I will also recommend watching OatsStudios, following a similar concept but focusing more on the ‘Robots’ side of it. I highly enjoyed watching the first two seasons and hope this article convinces a few of you to watch it yourselves, the more people who see it, the more likely it is we will get a third season.