Love, Death & Robots
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|Love, Death & Robots|
|Created by||Tim Miller|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||18 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||6–17 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Blur Studio|
|Original release||March 15, 2019 –|
Love, Death & Robots (stylized as LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS) is an American adult animated anthology television series on Netflix. The 18-episode first season was released on March 15, 2019. 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 Heavy Metal.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Adapted script by||Based on a story by||Animation producer(s)||Original release date |
|1||"Sonnie's Edge"||Dave Wilson||Philip Gelatt||Peter F. Hamilton||Blur Studio||March 15, 2019|
|A woman named Sonnie remotely controls a genetically-engineered monster in underground gladiatorial battles.|
|2||"Three Robots"||Victor Maldonado & Alfredo Torres||Philip Gelatt||John Scalzi||Blow Studio||March 15, 2019|
|After the destruction of humanity, three robots start to wander in a seemingly abandoned city.|
|3||"The Witness"||Alberto Mielgo||Alberto Mielgo||N/A||Pinkman.TV||March 15, 2019|
|A woman witnesses a murder in a building in front of the hotel where she is staying. Cat-and-mouse game begins when she comes eye to eye with the murderer.|
|4||"Suits"||Franck Balson||Philip Gelatt||Steven Lewis||Blur Studio||March 15, 2019|
|A small community of farmers pilot mech suits to defend their land from an invading swarm of insectoid aliens.|
|5||"Sucker of Souls"||Owen Sullivan||Philip Gelatt||Kirsten Cross||Studio La Cachette||March 15, 2019|
|Awakened by an archaeological excavation, a bloodthirsty demon fights a crew of mercenaries.|
|6||"When The Yogurt Took Over"||Victor Maldonado & Alfredo Torres||Janis Robertson||John Scalzi||Blow Studio||March 15, 2019|
|Yogurt developed by scientists becomes sentient and takes over the world.|
|7||"Beyond the Aquila Rift"||Léon Bérelle, Dominique Boidin, Rémi Kozyra, Maxime Luère||Philip Gelatt||Alastair Reynolds||Unit Image||March 15, 2019|
|Blue Goose's crew—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.|
|8||"Good Hunting"||Oliver Thomas||Philip Gelatt||Ken Liu||Red Dog Culture House||March 15, 2019|
|In early 20th century China, a boy becomes friends with a shape-shifting huli jing after his father kills the huli jing's mother.|
|9||"The Dump"||Javier Recio Gracia||Philip Gelatt||Joe Lansdale||Able & Baker||March 15, 2019|
|A city inspector tries to convince Ugly Dave to move out of his house which is located in a dump. However, Dave and his pet are not intent on doing so.|
|10||"Shape-Shifters"||Gabriele Pennacchioli||Philip Gelatt||Marko Kloos||Blur Studio||March 15, 2019|
|Two close friends in the Marines with supernatural powers have to fight one of their own in Afghanistan.|
|11||"Helping Hand"||Jon Yeo||Philip Gelatt||Claudine Griggs||Axis Studios||March 15, 2019|
|An astronaut faces a life or death situation.|
|12||"Fish Night"||Damian Nenow||Philip Gelatt||Joe Lansdale||Platige Image Studio||March 15, 2019|
|Two salesmen get stuck in the desert, and discover that the desert is not what it seems at night.|
|13||"Lucky 13"||Jerome Chen||Philip Gelatt||Marko Kloos||Sony Pictures Imageworks||March 15, 2019|
|A pilot recalls her missions aboard the dropship Lucky 13.|
|14||"Zima Blue"||Robert Valley||Philip Gelatt||Alastair Reynolds||Passion Animation Studios||March 15, 2019|
|A reclusive artist gives a final interview after 100 years.|
|15||"Blindspot"||Vitaliy Shushko||Vitaliy Shushko||N/A||Elena Volk||March 15, 2019|
|A cyborg crew attempts to rob a convoy.|
|16||"Ice Age"||Tim Miller||Philip Gelatt||Michael Swanwick||Digic Pictures / Blur Studio / Atomic Fiction||March 15, 2019|
|A couple who just moved into the apartment finds a civilization inside an antique refrigerator.|
|17||"Alternate Histories"||Victor Maldonado & Alfredo Torres||Philip Gelatt||John Scalzi||Sun Creature Studio||March 15, 2019|
|Multiversity, an alternative history research simulation app, shows the viewer the death of Adolf Hitler in 6 different timelines on their welcome demo.|
|18||"Secret War"||István Zorkóczy||Philip Gelatt||David W. Amendola||Digic Pictures||March 15, 2019|
|A platoon of Red Army soldiers hunt down the undead in the forests of Siberia.|
Netflix released the first trailer for the series on February 14, 2019.
In March 2019, Netflix revealed that it was experimenting with a new approach by including a different order of episodes to different users. In response to an accusation that the episode order was based on the streaming company's perception of a user's sexual orientation, Netflix responded via Twitter that there were four unique episode orders, released to users at random.
On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 72% based on 18 reviews, and an average rating of 6.53/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "This animated anthology has enough creative Death to satisfy cyberpunk aficionados who Love their Robots to have some Heavy Metal influence, but the series' lofty ambitions are often undercut by a preoccupation with gore and titillation."
Abby Robinson of Digital Spy called the series problematic in its portrayal of women as primarily sexual objects and victims of trauma, labeling it as "firmly rooted in the past". Writing in The Daily Beast, Nick Schager described the series as "Black Mirror for the ADD-addled video game crowd" and praised the show for its "diverse affair rife with violence, humor, and a healthy dose of sensuality". In a more negative review, Ben Travers of IndieWire described the episodes as "too often hyper-masculine and half-baked" and gave the series a C grade, though the review was based on only 6 of the 18 episodes. Writing for Wired, Peter Rubin praised the show and its boundary-pushing nature, saying that "sometimes, you just want to see Adolf Hitler suffocated by a giant mound of gelatin". Rubin further voiced frustration with the seemingly "endless parade of stoic supermen and the women who deceive or escape them", noting that at times it seems as though Fincher and Miller have aimed the show at a "particularly retrograde subset of genre fans".
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- US, Netflix (2019-03-19). "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". @netflix. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
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