I just finished Season 1 of Love, Death & Robots. It was great!
Personally, I feel animation in the US has become stale, and boring. It’s always the same artstyles, same tired humor, same story formulas, and it perpetuates the stereotype that all animation is for kids. Meanwhile, “mature” animation in the US is mostly comedies with cheap, Family Guy-tier animation and humor.
This anthology series gives me hope for more animation with mature storytelling and movie-quality production values. I enjoyed how there were so many different styles of 3D and 2D animation from different studios around the world.
Not every episode works as a standalone short. Some feel more like pilots to shows, such as “Sucker of Souls”; so when they end they feel unsatisfying. Others are more flash than substance; like demo reels or promos to sell a video game that doesn’t exist, such as “Blindspot”. Still, even ones I didn’t like, there was at least 1 or 2 things that I enjoyed or appreciated.
My favorite episodes were “The Witness”, “Suits”, “Good Hunting”, “Fish Night”, and “Zima Blue”.
My least favorite episodes were “When the Yogurt Took Over” and “Sonnie’s Edge”.
If you watched Season 1, what were your favorite episodes? Are you interested in Season 2 and what would you like to see?
I would love for them to make at least one superhero story and one episode with stop motion animation.