March 22, 2019 - Reading Time: 3min
Science Fiction in its purest form with Netflix's ''Love, Death and Robots''
Has Netflix finally come up with a worth-watching Science Fiction anthology, or we are looking at a new 'Bandersnatch'?
There hasn’t been a more exciting year for science fiction fans since the moon landing in 1969. We are living in a cyberpunk age where smartphones and toy drones are accessible to the masses, where people can literally upload a picture or video in seconds and share it with the entire planet. In the midst of all this technological grandeur, we have Netflix ” Love, Death, and Robot” do what Science Fiction does best: function as a cautionary tale from the future.
Why it is worth watching?
Every short is well-executed, fantastically written and equally astonishing produced. Tim Miller –whom we remember from the S&M opening sequence of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo- really overdid himself here. We can safely say this is a solid recommendation to binge for this weekend.
As with anything, we have a favorite. The ultra-violent short titled Lucky 13 stands among the rest by merit of its own. Think of it as a Starship Troopers type of war story with CGI performances that really set the tone for what is going to be a classic in the series.
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One caveat: although many science fiction aficionados seem to be happy with the idea of the five minute shorts in Love, Death, and Robots, I for one believe the spot should be saved for those creators who can flavor longer entries and, perhaps, keep these shorts to be distributed over the social networks as a form of advertising for the series.
Though sometimes Love Death and Robots can be a too mature to be tasteful, it is on the right path to bringing science fiction to the masses.
That said, all the bells and whistles of modern CGI will never be enough to replace a good story, and we are pleased to see Netflix agree with us: writers of the caliber of John Scalzi has been featured in this first season, opening the door to an exciting future for science fiction writers everywhere.
No other recent anthology has openly involved contemporary science fiction writers, beyond the Twilight Zone, Outer Limits and, of course, The Ray Bradbury Theater.
Love, Death, and Robots becomes then, the pilot show from many others to come. As for the shorts themselves (and we don’t say this lightly), they are binge-worthy for this weekend.
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