Love, Death & Robots: Season One (2019) – Miller and Fincher in Acid Trip of Anthology

The not-safe-for-work of Tim Miller’s and David Fincher’s “Love, Death & Robots” is another so-called fascinating anthology original Netflix. Full of violence and sex, of course, this Netflix original that aired last March got a rating of “Mature”; if this isn’t an ordinary animation series. This anthology is like the antithesis of “Black Mirror” and “The Twilight Zone” combined with “Devilman Crybaby”. Then, it becomes its own thing. It’s a random modern animation series. With a more of it, there are just 18 stories. It always makes you mind-blowing at the end of each story. This series presents a variety of short stories in less than 20 minutes. Plus, with a variety of unique genres and narrative styles. You can find genres combined in this series whether thriller, action, comedy, romance, drama, horror, anything you can come with.

In addition to its duration, “Love, Death & Robots” doesn’t leave a single sketch in concluding its story. In this case, interpretation is the main key in being able to respond to this simple yet surrealism story. Take for example like “Three Robots” where three robots in the post-apocalyptic world. They try to find out together who their creator is while questioning about humanity and the beginning of everything. You can also take a deeper example like “Zima Blue”. It’s about a famous artist who questions what we really needed most in our life. He talks about the philosophy of how we born from the beginning to be in such a place. The mind-bending of “Ice Age” tells the story of the surrealism of a married couple. They found a civilization in their refrigerator at their apartment.

“Love, Death & Robots” has its own charm on each episode’s presented. Every fictional character was a portrayal of dark comedy right where you think of watching a serious series. However, everything changes when you see a violent scene or it could be a sex scene. But, it takes so many things. There are so many we can discuss even for a cat that can scare monsters.

There are no similar episodes every time, even though they share the same style with their animations in several episodes. Apart from which, in fact, all of the episodes are so servicing the audience. Basically, you kind of enjoying this series like a movie. The aesthetic in “The Witness” with a twist at the end of the episode. “When the Yogurt Took Over” is the most absurd, most comical episode, but it actually has meaning with “Alternate Histories”. Or what about “Shape-Shifters” about morality in humans?

The first episode concludes everything, in the end, this isn’t a series from beginning to end which should make you more interested than saying: “what is this?”. “Sonnie’s Edge” presents a battle with the style of “Pokemon” wrapped in polemic storytelling but so controversial. On the other hand, this episode makes your adrenaline race every time you watch one monster fight with another monster. Or what about “Beyond the Aquila Rift”? This is the favorite episode of those who’ve watched this. The transition at the end of the episode, the mindblowing twist, and the “Mass Effect” influence are thick. Sometimes, you think about if these episodes could become a movie. Will it be even cooler?

“Love, Death & Robots” is the same as “Black Mirror” and “The Twilight Zone” where both offer a contemporary but metaphoric issue as well as the Rod Serling’s anthology series. This series is an element of science fiction blend with erotica. Absurd, yet aesthetics, like to take inspiration from comics from the 70s to 80s. Unlike the Charlie Brooker satire anthology, this isn’t an easy series you could watch just like that. This approach uses the good and bad sides depending on the story presented. Like the title, this series focuses on love, death, robots, or all three simultaneously. This series puts forward an exciting and tense sensation. It doesn’t feel this episode only finished in a few minutes.

In fact, it takes 10 years before finally directed and the majority of episodes are worth watching. “Love, Death & Robots” is like acid contrast with aesthetics but a natural medium full of vision. For those of you who like the dark comedy animation or absurd animation, this is definitely a suitable series. There are some repetitive or even relevant than others. The world in each episode is in addition to surrealism for most are so fascinating. Just give us the second season!

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Salman Al Farisi

An Indonesian who loves to watch and read everything. A literary student who likes to write about reviews and essays on Crackdown Review. But, I just wannabe critics who love arthouse than anything.

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