The second season (err, volume) of Love Death & Robots was released yesterday, so naturally I ended up binging it last night. Not that it took long. Each episode is less than 20 minutes (one is less than 10) and there are only eight of them this time around.
One of the episodes was written by Neal Asher, whose books I’ve highlighted a lot over the years. Snow in the Desert is about a man on a sun scorched desert planet who is able to heal from any injury, including amputations. So naturally every bounty hunter in the galaxy wants his…testicles. The price on them is high because people want to dissect them to see how they produce the self healing hormones. It’s a story that takes place in the Asher’s Polity universe, and gives a good feel for how his stories usually flow.
Another episode, Life Hutch, is about a pilot who crash lands on an alien planet, discovers there’s another ship with a life sustaining environment and makes for it. But there’s a robot there, and it’s malfunctioning in a deadly manner. It’s based on a story by Harlan Ellison.
Both Snow in the Desert and Life Hutch are animated, but similar to some of the episodes in the first volume, in a fashion where it feels to me like I’m watching a live action show. I’d really like to see more of this kind of animation. Most of the other stories were obviously animation, although in a way that worked well for them. (Even if Snow and Life Hutch had been obvious animation, they would have been great stories as well.)
The first story, Automated Customer Service, was written by John Scalzi, and it shows his humorous touch. The robot apocalypse begins with a rebellious house cleaning robot, and an automated customer support agent that is, well, less than helpful.
But the most memorable may be All Through the House, a tale of two children trying to get a look at Santa. Do not let your very young kids watch this!
My only real beef with this volume is that with only eight episodes, there’s just not much to it. It was over before I had barely settled in watching it. But at least there’s confirmation that Volume 3 is coming!
Have you watched it? If so, what did you think?