Love, Death & Robots hits us with a holiday carol with some bite to show the kids when they are acting naughty, but never nice.
This recap of Netflix’s Love, Death & Robots season 2, episode 6, “All Through the House,” contains spoilers.
When Love, Death & Robots goes in the family fun direction, the results are intriguing — season 2, episode 6, “All Through the House,” hits us with a holiday carol with some bite to show the kids when they are acting naughty but never nice. Its star girl and her baby brother, Billy, hear sleigh bells and the footsteps of none other than jolly Saint Nick. He must be downstairs, filling the empty void under their Christmas tree. As they make their way down the steps, as quiet as they can, their hearts are filled with delight. They creep, crawl, and get to the couch, so the fat man doesn’t see they snuck out of their room.
They peek and see the generous man, who is breaking and entering, a silhouette through the curtains. Yes, the children are about to see the real Santa Claus and the gifts they are about to receive. Well, that’s all well and good, but Santa is actually an alien. He has like a twenty-foot tongue he drinks milk with. He then wraps that thing around the cookies like giraffes eating wine corks out of your hands at the zoo. Hands and feet like those of an ostrich, a body, and head like those of a praying mantis, hairless like a newborn Sphynx kitten.
The children are now frightened and shaking, tears begin to roll down their faces when suddenly the creature sees them. They try to run, but the monster corners them. It has sharp teeth, bad breath, and, just like in Alien, the kids try to look directly into the creature’s face. After sniffing both children, the beast says, “Good,” to each child and belches out two gifts, one for each sibling.
The packages are wrapped beautifully but now covered in the monster’s goo. Finally, ‘Saint Nick’ leaves, the children open their gifts, and they comment they are just what they wanted. However, the eldest sibling remarks, “Billy, what would have happened if we hadn’t been… good?”