Netflix’s animated Sci-Fi anthology series, Love Death + Robots continues to be awe inspiring and groundbreaking. It is Heavy Metal for the 21st century and the animation is breathtaking with each episode having its own unique look and feel. The 2D animation is very stylized and might off putting for some but the 3D animation in some episode is so life like it will have you wondering at time if the episode is live action or a blend of CG animation with live action.
One particular episode which stars Creed star Michael B. Jordan depicts the star in what appears to be the season’s solo live action episode. Then As the episode, “Life Hutch” goes on you realize it’s a CG model of the actor. The animation is so close to replicating real life it’s scary.
The first season offered up 18 animated shorts (all which varied in quality) however this season has been slimmed down to only 8 animated shorts and honestly you could binge through them all in an afternoon. Most episodes range from 13 to 18 minutes each. Jennifer Yuh Nelson, director of the second and third “Kung Fu Panda,” movies taking over as Season 2’s Supervising Director, there’s a slight widening of the show’s scope, even with 10 fewer shorts. The stories’ plots and characters seem more defined this season. Each episode focuses more on character development and less on the gratuitous nudity and gore that seemed to overshadow most of season one’s stories.
Besides Life Hutch, other stand outs of this season include The Drowned Giant, that focuses on a writer’s observation of a giant’s corpse that washes up on a beach; Pop Squad which is a morality tale about a lawmen hunting down women who wanted children over immortality; and my personal favorite of the season, All Through The House, which shows to eager children meeting something that is not Santa lurking around the Christmas tree.
All in all, it’s a fine way to spend the afternoon enjoying the wacky, weird and uncanny that Love Death + Robots offers in spades.
HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience highly recommends checking out, Love Death + Robots Volume 2 streaming now on Netflix.