Love Robots

Love, Death & Robots is an American adult animated anthology web television series on Netflix. The series is produced by Joshua Donen, David Fincher, Jennifer Miller, and Tim Miller. Each episode was animated by different crews from a range of countries.

The series is a re-imagining of Fincher and Miller’s long in-development reboot of the 1981 animated science fiction film Heavy Metal.


Sonnie’s Edge (Peter F. Hamilton)

In dystopian London, a young woman named Sonnie with teammates Wes and Ivrina participate in underground “Beastie” fights: Remotely controlled bio-engineered gladiator beast battles.

This sets the style, with nudity, violence, an awesome beastly battle and a nice twist at the end.


Three Robots  (John Scalzi)

Long after the fall of humanity, three robots wander through a post-apocalyptic city, trying to understand how humans lived based on their limited knowledge of them and the things they left behind.

Amusing little tale about the who real furry survivors of humanity will be.


The Witness

A woman witnesses a murder in the apartment across from her hotel. The murderer realizes he has been caught, but notices the similarity between his victim and the witness, and he proceeds to chase her.

Very strange and stylized. With a bit of a head-scratcher  at the end that could be interpreted several ways,


Suits
A small community of farmers pilot mech suits to defend their land from an invading swarm of insectoid aliens dubbed “DeeBees”.

Fairly standard alien invasion story with a reversal at the end.


Sucker of Souls
Flynn, a hired mercenary, and Dr. Wehunt, an archaeologist, escape through an underground tunnel, fleeing an unknown assailant.

Another monster story. Rather gory despite the crude cell animation.


When the Yogurt Took Over  (John Scalzi)
A group of scientists mutate yogurt by fermenting bacteria. Although initial tests fail, a researcher takes the mutated bacteria home for her homemade yogurt, unaware that it has become sentient.

Very funny and satirical story of how yoghurt evolves past humanity.


Beyond the Aquila Rift  (Alastair Reynolds)

Blue Goose’s crew members Thom, Suzy, and Ray, are on a mission to reach beyond the Aquila Rift, but an error in the routing plot causes unexpected events to happen. Thom is greeted by Greta, an old flame, and is told he is hundreds of thousands of light years from Earth centuries later.

Amazing photo-realistic animation and detailed sets, with an end that initially is just confusing.


Good Hunting (Ken Liu)
In early 20th century China, Liang accompanies his father hunting a shape-shifting Huli jing named Tsiao-Jung, but stumbles when entranced by her.

Beautifully drawn combination of eastern style and steampunk. A story of retribution


The Dump (Joe Lansdale)

A city inspector tries to convince Ugly Dave Dvorchek to move out of his house which is located in a dump.

Fun story of an old man with an unusual pet.


Shape-Shifters (Marko Kloos)

In a world where werewolves are common knowledge, but discriminated against, two close werewolf friends who serve in the US Marines, Lt. Decker and Sgt. Sobieski, are taken by surprise when
escorting a convoy.

Military story with werewolves – what next ?


Helping Hand

Alexandria Stephens attends to a faulty satellite in Earth orbit. While in mid-operation her old model EVA suit is randomly hit by a stray screw from orbital debris, damaging her oxygen tanks,
disabling the mobility unit and casting her hopelessly adrift in open space.

The one story I didn’t like. Just too gory.


Fish Night (Joe Lansdale)

Two salesmen get stuck in the desert after their Plymouth breaks down due to a broken radiator. Spending what remained of their day around the car, the older man informs the younger man that the desert was once a sea floor, and they soon discover that the desert is not what it seems at night.

More fantasy than science fiction, kind of mystical with an unexpected ending.


Lucky 13 (Karko Kloos)

After two crews on the Dropship Lucky 13 are lost, other Marines become superstitious and give the unlucky ship to rookie Lt. “Cutter” Colby.

Good story by an author on my reading list. Somewhat predictable, but enjoyable.


Zima Blue (Alastair Reynolds)

Journalist Claire Markham is invited to interview reclusive artist Zima Blue, who wishes to tell his story before unveiling his final work. Zima, who began in portraiture, moved on to abstract
murals with the main focus on abstract shapes in a single shade of blue. He continued making larger murals until they were incorporated into celestial bodies, asteroids, and even Nebulas.

One of my favorites, due to it’s stylized drawing and science fiction theme of the difference between humans and the machines we make.


Blindspot

A cyborg crew- Hawk, Kali, Sui and Rookie- attempt to rob a convoy for a heavily guarded microchip as it is in motion to a tunnel. As they plant explosives on the back car, Sui drops one of his when swerving to avoid a desert rat, alerting the guards.

All action and not much logic. This feels more like an extract from a teenage TV show.


Ice Age (Michael Swanwick)

Gail and Rob move into the apartment finding an antique refrigerator. Opening it to get ice, they find a preserved Mammoth the size of a sand grain, and returning to the freezer they find a fast-
moving time-dilated civilization developing.

This stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Topher Grace (That 70’s Show). At first the characters appear to be animations, but I later found that they were shot live-action. A fascinating story of
a civilization evolving in the space of a few days.


Alternate Histories (John Scalzi)

Multiversity, an alternative history research simulation app, shows a user six different timelines involving the death of Adolf Hitler.

Fun little animation with progressively wild and strangely specific circumstances leading to the death of Hitler.


The Secret War

A platoon of Red Army soldiers hunt demons in the Siberian forests. Sgt. Sergei Pavlovich and his Lieutenant raise concerns the men are too dispersed, but the Major dismisses their worries. As the
Germans lay siege to Stalingrad, the Red Army Platoon continue without support into the forest.

Another bloody war story of an army vs creatures from the depth. While the animation is very realistic, the story is basic.