Dennis D. McDonald (ddmcd@ddmcd.com) consults from Alexandria Virginia. His services include writing & research, proposal development, and project management.

Netflix' LOVE, DEATH & ROBOTS

Netflix' LOVE, DEATH & ROBOTS

A review by Dennis D.. McDonald

While the animation and CGI are consistently entertaining and at times impressive, the story quality and acting vary widely in this anthology series. At times I was reminded of HEAVY METAL or SLOW DEATH underground comics back in the day with their mix of sci-fi-infused sex, violence, and gore. Production values nowadays, of course, are substantially enhanced via modern CGI and technology.

My favorite episodes from this series: SUITS, GOOD HUNTING, ZIMA BLUE, and ALTERNATE HISTORIES. Otherwise, the quality varies with violence and gore substituting for story and characterization.

If you are like me a big fan of sci-fi animation you know that if you spend enough time cruising VIMEO and YOUTUBE you can discover a lot of really clever and imaginative sci-fi and fantasy short films. What Love, Death & Robots does is put together a bunch in an easily binge-able collection.

Still, I must admit my interest in endless chases and gratuitous violence and cruelty has diminished over the years. Nowadays my interests are more attuned to creativity, cleverness, humor, and characterization and there is some good stuff here.

Review copyright (c) 2019 by Dennis D. McDonald

Media featuring ROBOTS

Peter Hyams' OUTLAND

Peter Hyams' OUTLAND

Jacques Audiard's THE SISTERS BROTHERS

Jacques Audiard's THE SISTERS BROTHERS