Episode 2, “Three Robots”, gives us an ironic view of what our future creations will think of us, in a thought-provoking animated story of Love, Death + Robots.
Love, Death + Robots is a Netflix Anthology series created by Tim Miller and David Fincher. Here is the review for Episode 2, “Three Robots”, which will contain spoilers. You can read the spoiler-free review of the entire series by clicking these words. You can check out our archive for reviews of each episode by clicking these words.
“Three Robots” is precisely how it sounds. It’s based in the future where a disaster has eradicated the human race, and three robots are scouring the land, which has the same kind of feeling as Fallout. The selling point of the short animated story is that the robots are almost treating the human race as some museum, with their curiosity as to how we lived the central theme of the story.
Discovering how we ate, and went about our business is the amusing element of the story; one of the robots goes into detail about why we consumed food and describing our acidic process while analyzing a fast-food burger. To provide more irony, the robots are not sure who created humans, and wonder why none of them had a serial number attached – not realizing the probability that the human race created these three robots.
“Three Robots” is a strong, focused animated story, and adds well to the Love, Death + Robots anthology. It gives us a sense of context; what our future will inevitably end up like if we do not change the way we live as a race, and look after our habitable, but broken planet. The message is clear in the second story in the Netflix series; let’s not wait, let’s fix it now – and that message hits home when one of the robots calls the human race “morons.” We already know our own narrative, and what our future creations will think of us.
Daniel Hart is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has operated as Editor-in-Chief since 2017.