Series Review: Love, Death & Robots – Season 3 (2022)

Say what you want about Netflix’s consistency with their original content, but when they hit the nail on the head, they can REALLY hit it. For its past two seasons, the animated anthology series Love, Death & Robots has found a comfortable niche within Netflix’s overabundance of content. Frankly, along with their fantastic League of Legends series Arcane, Netflix has been really hitting it out of the park when it comes to animated media aimed at more adult audiences. 

And now, at long last, we have a third season of everyone’s favorite collection of short films. Much like seasons one and two, LD+R season three delivers a platter with something for everyone; we’ve got sci-fi, horror, fantasy, comedy, drama, thriller… oftentimes many at once. Each episode is completely standalone, so you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like SOMETHING the show has to offer.

The best episodes here are “Bad Travelling” and “Jibaro.” With the former, audiences are transported to a pirate ship where the crew are forced to deal with a rather demanding stowaway. It’s a fantastic look at a crew in turmoil, their main conflict being as much with each other as it is with the unwelcome stowaway; making the tough choices and aiming for the lesser evil are certainly at the forefront of this episode’s ideas. It also marks the animation-directorial-debut of David Fincher, who also serves as an executive producer on the show. 

The latter, “Jibaro,” is one of the most unique stories I’ve seen brought to screen in a long time. Directed by Alberto Mielgo (director of the fantastic season one episode, “The Witness”) “Jibaro” tells the tale of a reimagined, jewelry-clad siren and a deaf knight who is naturally immune to her seductions; the pair don’t just play a game of cat and mouse, they DANCE it. It combines surrealism, an extremely busy style of animation, and next to no dialogue for its backdrop… while the story itself is one of greed, vengeance, and lust. It’s as beautiful as it is agonizing and distressing. 

Had each episode contained as much filmmaking prowess as these two, I would be wholeheartedly confident in declaring this season a masterpiece. Sadly, these gems are ever-so-slightly overwhelmed by some more mediocre inclusions; “Three Robots: Exit Strategies” is the only episode of the series to feature recurring characters, yet was a major let-down from its comparatively witty and hilarious season one predecessor (“Three Robots”). Additionally, shorts like “The Very Pulse of the Machine” and “Swarm” have their ambitions on full display, but ultimately deliver more pseudo-philosophy than any actually intriguing ideas. 

Still, the majority of episodes here are, at the very least, quite enjoyable. Aside from the two aforementioned gems, episodes like “In Vaulted Halls Entombed” and “Mason’s Rats” are super fun genre films. And with animation as impressed and distinct as we see across the board, there’s very seldom an episode that isn’t at least half-decent. As a whole, season 3 of Love, Death & Robots is an honorable addition of tales to an already vast collection; if you liked the previous seasons, you’re sure to get something out of this one. 

Overall rating: 7/10

Published by Jeremy Bader

Aspiring writer, film and music lover, drummer.

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