Netflix Newest Experiment

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 β€” 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 πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ), 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!


And if you have, let me know so we can discuss our favourite episodes. I need to talk to someone about this!

24 thoughts on “Netflix Newest Experiment

  1. KeepReadingForward says:

    I came across this the other day looking through shows. While I saw some that looked interesting to watch, I saw others that made me question what was going on. I’m still deciding if I want to watch or it not. It seems rather interesting.

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    • Michelle says:

      I mean, the best thing about an anthology is that you don’t need to watch every episode πŸ˜‰ But then again, they’re over quite quickly too


  2. TheCaffeinatedReader says:

    Super neat about the different orders but considering how long my Netflix list is, I’ll probably be getting to it in…2021 lolol. I really like that it doesn’t show the same first episode for everyone and like now I totally want to go check it out……*tries to resist urge to go do that now*

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  3. novellisteer says:

    My first time using neflix was to watch The Umbrella Academy ( not bad missing something probably due to me being An Asian Drama Kind).
    I definitely love that Netflix is experimenting with storytelling and relase order,
    The number of neflix show I keep adding to watch is no words. Will keep an eye out for this show!!

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    • Sam || Fictionally Sam says:

      I feel you on the Netflix TBW list growing and growing! I have so many shows I need to watch and not enough minutes in the day to get to them! LOL. Haven’t watched the umbrella academy yet, but I did take a gander to the one that Michelle was talking about in this post (Love, Death and Robots) and I completely agree with her that it is a super interesting and different show from Netflix’s norm. Like you, I am really liking this new experimental side of Netflix!

      Fingers crossed that when you get around to watching this one you will enjoy it! ❀

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  4. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious says:

    I am actually really intrigued about this now, I didn’t know that they were doing different orders and I think that is such a cool idea. I love that Netflix is experimenting with storytelling… I still need to watch Bandersnatch because CYOA is my jam, fam! I am going to give this show a watch because I want to know what order Netflix gives me lol

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  5. Sam || Fictionally Sam says:

    I am super curious now to see what episode I would get first. Will my bi flag be waved high (cause like you alot of the LGBT content I love to watch isn’t on Netflix) or does netflix think im as straight as my family does? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I am super interested in watching this now Michelle! Will be binge watching tonight when I get home since the voice doesn’t come on today (My TV Schedule is real fam).

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    • Michelle says:

      I know you got Sonnie’s Edge first (SO GAY). Hopefully you like all the episodes even if they’re so short and you have absolutely no time to really get into it :p


  6. veeshee says:

    This sounds like such a cool concept – I watch Netflix A LOT so I’m surprised I haven’t heard about this show…. but now I’m DEFINITELY going to watch it! Thanks for sharing!

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