All ‘Love, Death + Robots’ Episodes, Ranked

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Let’s rank the good, the bad and the less ugly of Netflix’s groundbreaking animated anthology series…

Although Netflix has had its fair share of negative headlines lately, the streamer has generated some real buzz for the third volume of their standout series, Love, Death + Robots.

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Hot on the heels of a special preview event at the Alamo Drafthouse, fans can’t wait to see the third volume of David Fincher and Tim Miller’s incredible animated anthology program come to life. With this in mind, I have compiled a definitive ranking of each episode of Love, Death + Robotsincluding spoiler-free grading of select Volume III segments, premiering Friday, May 20 on Netflix.

30.

“Alternate Histories”

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“Alternate Histories” tries to present a cheerful multiversal comedy but, unfortunately, never hits the right notes or the right tone to elicit laughs. As such, it’s never funny enough to warrant its risky attempts at humor. Although the premise is novel, it ultimately is wasted under the weight of revisiting its one-note joke.

29.

“Three Robots: Exit Strategies”

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This sequel segment of Volume III of Love, Death + Robots is certainly enjoyable enough to elicit a few laughs and is wonderfully animated as expected, but “Exit Strategies” is just a ho-hum retread of the original short with a greater (and unfortunately more repetitive) emphasis on social commentary and policies.

28.

“When yogurt took over”

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“When the Yogurt Took Over” is a fun premise that works in many parts, but it rarely achieves the blissful absurdity necessary to make it more than the sum of its parts.

27.

“Fish Night”

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“Fish Night” is undeniably visually spectacular, but in terms of narrative, it’s pretty empty and aimless, playing almost like a dreamlike music video without the music to drive the story home.

26.

“The witness”

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“The Witness” is visually frantic and visceral, but there’s something ultimately off-putting about the in-your-face color scheme and dizzying cinematography, which is only further heightened by the dialogue-free narration.

25.

“Ice Age”

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“Ice Age” is harmless fun with some legitimately awesome moments, but the uninspired live-action segments don’t meet the energy of the imaginatively gripping animated sequences.

24.

“Zima Blue”

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Although the story seems ironically undercooked, “Zima Blue”‘s stunning and unique animation and poignant premise make it more than worth its short length.

23.

“Jibaro”

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From the same director of “The Witness,” “Jibaro” shares many of the same pacing and aesthetic issues as the aforementioned film, but is much more visually impressive and boasts a more engaging and heartbreaking narrative.

22.

“The Secret War”

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This badass, action-packed sci-fi short is undeniably impressive, but lacks the emotional nature of the series and ultimately feels closer to the atmosphere of an extended video game cut scene.

21.

“Shape Changers”

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“Shape-Shifters” is a dazzling creature feature with a meaningful message, but the episode tries to juggle so many different beats at once that none of them really hit as hard as they should. Nonetheless, “Shape-Shifters” reigns on its own merits as a clever little sci-fi/horror hybrid short.

20.

“The Drowned Giant”

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The minds of Terry Gilliam and Terrence Malick intertwine in this moving and sublimely eerie short film about the discovery of a giant corpse on a beach and the incredible local response that follows.

19.

“Suit”

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This story of blue-collar cyberpunk farmers defending their crops and livestock from Starship Troopers-esque megabugs is funny and well designed but ultimately feels light and toothless, despite being a technical marvel.

18.

“Lucky 13”

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Samira Wiley’s photorealistic story of a supposedly cursed airship and its rookie pilot’s instincts touches your heart and features a mix of visual narrative devices that can be just as thrilling as any stuffed action sequence. Hit CGI in the live action space.

17.

“Automated Customer Service”

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This biting satire of whacked AI is one heck of a good time with perfectly outrageous animation. It’s not the most thought-provoking entry in the series, but you’ll be grinning from ear to ear throughout.

16.

“Good hunt”

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Anime fans will savor this tale of ancient myths that weave their way into the future with this mesmerizing and provocative episode.

15.

“Blind spot”

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“Blindspot” is, at its best, a violent, crude take on the Saturday morning cartoons of yesteryear, pitting robotic thieves against a resilient and adaptive spike defense system in a high-speed chase.

14.

“Help”

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This sorry but haunting story of an injured astronaut facing insurmountable odds and unthinkable sacrifices after being struck by a passing object and knocked off her spacecraft will keep you glued to the screen even in her toughest moments. .

13.

“The Tall Grass”

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Not to be confused with the Stephen King & Joe Hill Netflix project of the same name, this petrifying period piece has a more unique visual palette than some of the show’s most striking CGI creations, but it only helps paint the picture. a scarier, more nightmarish portrait of the horror on display.

12.

“Throughout the House”

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This beautifully executed bait and switch of two children sneaking around to watch Santa Claus deliver presents delivers chills, gross gags and climactic hysterical revelation in addition to its impressive stop-motion animation.

11.

“Cage of Life”

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Michael B. Jordan headlines this claustrophobic, intense worst-case sci-fi episode with some of the most realistic photorealistic animation ever produced for the medium; in fact, one wouldn’t necessarily be out of line if they had confused “Life Hutch” with an episode of black mirror!

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“The Dump”

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It’s rednecks armed against a literal trash monster in this sensational sci-fi/horror/comedy short that ultimately ends in a bittersweet moment of rewards that would make William Gaines proud.

9.

“Three Robots”

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Essentially playing as a comedy between three robots examining human society years after its fall, “Three Robots” set a great tone for Love, Death + Robots offering something a bit bolder and darker than most animated comedies while injecting a broader, more appealing spirit that culminates in a perfectly funny final moment.

8.

“Ice”

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Two brothers (one cybernetically enhanced, one no) undergo a deadly rite of passage on an off-planet icy colony in this riveting and visually arresting tale of intergalactic gangs, dysfunctional family and alien whales.

7.

“Night of the Mini Dead”

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Volume III may be a few days out of reach for its fanbase, but Love, Death + Robots die-hard fans will surely enjoy this jaw-dropping retelling of generic zombie movie mythology told in 1:100 scale and 10x speed.

6.

“Soul Vacuum”

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This gory, heart-pounding tale of Dracula brings more than stunning animation to the table, filling it with shocking twists, empathetic characters, and heart-pounding action to boot.

5.

“Beyond the Aquila Rift”

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“Beyond the Aquila Rift” was the talk of the town following the launch of the series’ first volume, and for good reason, as this jaw-dropping R-rated installment of cosmic horror packed a seriously unnerving punch. from an end you may not be able to shake.

4.

“Pop Team”

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Set in a future where childbirth has become strictly regulated (and punishable by death), this gripping yet tragic noir with blade runner-esque pathos follows a detective who must deal with the mental and emotional toll of his increasingly violent job.

3.

“Sonnie’s Edge”

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Part blurred areapart Pacific Rim, “Sonnie’s Edge” was another star of Love, death + robots first season, pairing its hard-hitting monster battles with a tale of outlaws and thieves giving the rich and corrupt a taste of their own brand of bloody justice.

2.

“Snow in the Desert”

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For those clamoring for R-rated deals in the star wars universe, look no further than “Snow in the Desert,” a horrifyingly gruesome space western that offers a wealth of story in every detail while exploring characters you could (and honestly, really, really want) to spend a lifetime with. series.

1.

“Bad Trip”

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David Fincher finally takes his place behind the director’s chair for Love, death + robots third season, and let me tell you: the wait is definitely worth it. Fincher’s Lovecraftian horror tale about a shark-hunting galleon besieged by a sentient giant crab is a true masterpiece and might just be the best monster movie in any format in years, if not longer.

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