Episode 4, “Suits”, is a good excuse to give the Love, Death + Robots anthology series some good, old robot battling to please the fanbase.
Love, Death + Robots is a Netflix Anthology series created by Tim Miller and David Fincher. Here is the review for Episode 4, “Suits”, 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.
Love, Death + Robots Episode 4, “Suits”, imagines a world where a group of farmers has created their own homemade Mech suits to defend their livestock. In this case, their common enemy is aliens that bare resemblance to the ones you’d see in Halo, with shiny curved round heads. “Suits” gives off this full-feature film feel, like the creators wanted to pitch the idea to a bunch of thirty executives, but instead felt the need to land at just a short animated story for Netflix.
“Suits” gives off that comfortable feeling where the farmers are used to the daily life of looking after their land and suiting up in their mechs when trouble arises. It’s clear from the story that this is routine, as they deliver their southern twang to coordinate movements to defeat the enemy. Episode 4 is an action-led animated story with seen-it-all-before crafts of a robot movie. If you like robots fighting, and that twangy accent, then “Suits” will at least entertain for the short time it is on the screen.
That’s not to say I liked it – in it’s 17 minutes it managed to embolden an emotional tie-in with the characters. It’s pretty cool when all the farmers bunch together in their robots to defeat an army of aliens – there’s a real sense of community about the narrative that runs through right to the end. However, I would argue that this is not the strongest story in Love, Death + Robots – it feels like a creator’s excuse to throw in some robot battling to the likes of Pacific Rim.
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