I don’t watch a lot of Netflix. It’s there when I need it, but most of the shows I watch aren’t on there so I have to resort to streaming. Sometimes I find something on Netflix that catches my attention and I just need to watch, like The Umbrella Academy did. This time it was Love Death + Robots. Truth be told I wasn’t interested at all at first. I hadn’t read what it was about but Netflix was trying to force it on me with their agressive tacticts (i.e. Showing clips full screen as soon as you open Netflix). It wasn’t until after I saw a thread on Twitter that I decided to start watching it.
Now, what is Love, Death + Robots all about?
Love, Death+ Robots is a NSFW (seriously, don’t watch this if you can’t handle blood, death, nudity or gore) collection of 18 short stories about, you guessed it, love, death and robots. The 18 episodes are all animated in different styles and cover genres such as horror, comedy and fantasy.
The thread I read on Twitter was about a man complaining about Netflix changing the order of the episodes (which is pretty easy with an anthology), based on the viewers sexual identity. The man was gay and his viewing order started with the lesbian storyline episode, while his straight friends order started with an episode with realistic and explicit hetero sex. Netflix commented the following: “We’ve never had a show like Love, Death & Robots before so we’re trying something completely new: presenting four different episode orders. The version you’re shown has nothing to do with gender, ethnicity, or sexual identity — info we don’t even have in the first place.”
For those interested, my viewing order started with the lesbian storyline (which obv means I’m hella gay 🏳️🌈), but since Netflix would base their thoughts on the viewers past chosen movies and series, I hardly doubt they know mine. Most series with predominantly female characters or lesbian/bi/gay characters that I watch aren’t even on Netflix.
But, if I have to be honest, if my viewing order hadn’t start with the lesbian storyline episode (Sonnie’s Edge), I’m not sure if I would have continued. That episode got my attention and was just genious and spectacular and unexpected. All episodes are!
Every episode made me want more, either a backstory or a continuation of the episode, or both. There are so many different types of animation represented, and the backstory of how this series came into existence is tied to these different animation styles. Netflix basically went to different animation studies and tasked them with making episodes. Every episode is between 8 and 16 minutes, which is way shorter than ‘normal’ episodes (which are usually around 43 minutes), but really seemed to work for this show! Because the episodes are so short, little action is needed to make it amazing, to keep the viewer interested. However, pretty much all the episodes have more than just a little action.
My favourite episode is definitely Sonnie’s Edge, but seeing that one first didn’t diminish my enthousiasm for the rest of the season, since it didn’t let me down after that. The final episode I watched was The Secret War, which was again a fantastic episode. Other episodes are amazing as well, some are funny, some are sad, some are shocking and terrifying or anger-inducing. I really enjoyed this series and I will definitely watch every damn episode that is going to be made.
Netflix really did it again with this series. If you’re not scared of some gore, sex, nudity, horror, blood, everything NSFW basically, I would really recommend this one!
GO WATCH IT!
And if you have, let me know so we can discuss our favourite episodes. I need to talk to someone about this!