Love, Death + Robots is the name given to the collection of animated sci-fi shorts released by Netflix. The sexually explicit nature of the show has attracted much press coverage. Nevertheless, behind those click-bait headlines, is a highly bingeable series. It's worthing pointing out that ‘Love, Death & Robots' is not a conventional series. Each episode is a stand-alone short story, lasting between 10-15 minutes each – and yes, there are a few graphic sex scenes.
The first story is called ‘Sonnie's Edge' and in the opening minutes, I wasn't particularly gripped by the plot. It felt like a cutscene from an Xbox game. I continued watching because I was blown away by the sheer quality of the animation – it really was that good! As the story developed, it became clear that this was actually a decent Sci-Fi tale. More entertaining than some feature-length movies I've seen. The final big fight scene in ‘Sonnies's Edge' looks incredible and there's a twist in the tale too.
‘Three Robots' is the second instalment and my personal favourite. Seriously, these guys need to get there own show on Netflix or YouTube. The story starts with our three lovable robots vacationing on a post-apocalyptic earth. They marvel at the stupidity of the now extinct inhabitants and the wilful destruction of the planet. The wisecracking robots give a unique perspective on the human race as they explore a ruined city.
Another favourite of mine is ‘The Secret War'. This 16 minute short follows a group of Red Army soldiers fighting waves of evil demons in the forests of Siberia. It has a ‘Call Of Duty' game feel to it, the story is straight forward but the animation is once again out of this world. The details are incredible, right down to the tiny fibres on the coats of the soldiers.
‘Lucky 13' is one for the Sci-Fi purists, epic space battles with lots of action and a story which could, in the right hands, have been stretched into a full-length movie. A rookie is forced to fly a ship that no-one else will pilot. This spaceship has the unluckiest serial number in the whole fleet 13-02313, thirteen at the beginning, thirteen at the end and all the numbers added together make… you guessed it, 13! Our newbie pilot and her ship form an unlikely bond.
Netflix has confirmed that the shows running order has been changed for different demographics. So my episode two might be your episode five. I would recommend starting with ‘Three Robots' or ‘The Witness' but it doesn't really matter where you jump in.
Love, Death + Robots showcases the next-generation of animation we can expect to see in the near future – I for one can't wait.