This review is spoiler-free.
The epic animated anthology Love, Death + Robots returns with a third volume and just when you think you know what to expect, this visual feast of a series once again obliterates your expectations and leaves you stunned in awe of this creative, imaginative, and stunningly beautiful show!
This nine-episode series, as you’d expect, features a plethora of different stories and animation styles, all varying to such extremes that nothing ever feels undervalued. You feel the time and care taken with each and every episode and that shows in the final result.
In a first for the series, we actually get an episode that is the sequel to the first season’s “Three Robots”, which told the story of its titular robots, K-VRC, XBOT 4000, and 11-45-G – very much a fan favourite. So, it will be interesting to see if this is a route that the showrunners go down in the future as well! While I’m not averse to this, I also like the ‘one and done aspect of the anthology format.
We’ve had series creator Tim Miller jump down from his producer role to direct episodes in the previous two volumes and now its time for the fellow producer, the legendary David Fincher, to get involved, as Fincher makes his animation directorial debut in Volume 3 with the episode “Bad Travelling” – which turns out to be one of the best episodes in the series in my opinion!
As you’d come to expect, the tones of the stories vary as much as the animation style, and I think the way in which the episodes have been presented to us really works when you step back and look at the anthology as a whole. From political and social commentary to outlandish and awe-inspiring imaginative tales, Volume 3 pushes your expectations to the very limits!
From a cast and musical standpoint, it’s another thumbs up from me on those accounts! I love the music and sound design in this series, and every volume has always been so good at elevating the visuals and stories, and once again that is no different for Volume 3. Likewise, with the cast, they just manage to get such incredibly talented performers to bring life to all of these creative characters and there is not a bad performance to be found!
So, it’s negatives time… erm, it’s going to be a struggle if I’m truly honest. As with most anthologies, the quality is always expected to differ slightly, with some offerings being stronger than others. But even the so-called ‘weaker’ episodes are still fantastic, so it’s not a slight on them at all – the show is just consistently incredible! This show just floors me every time, it really does. Even after two seasons, I am still blown away by the creativity and uniqueness of this show.
From spectacular visuals to incredible storytelling, Love, Death + Robots Volume 3 once again proves this series is unrivaled in its creativity and imagination and continues to be one of the best things you’ll find to watch on Netflix!