Ranking Robots: Three Robots

Ranking Robots is the newest tri-weekly series that will be making its appearance on the site every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as I make my way through Netflix’s Love, Death + Robots. For those that are unaware of the Netflix Original, the show is a series of short stories that have to do with, you guessed it, Love, Death, and Robots. If anyone reading this ever saw the incredible collection of short films called the Animatrix (if you haven’t go check that out now) then you won’t have any trouble jumping into this new series.

Three Robots is a blink and you’ll miss it story about three robots that have chosen a post-human Earth as a vacation spot. Unlike the first episode of the show, Sonnie’s Edge, Three Robots attempts to take the series in more of a humorous direction and while not every joke lands, ultimately the episode accomplishes its goal by taking the audience on a fun journey that explores what robots from space would think of Earth after everyone has died. As I said though, not everything lands. While it may not have been the point of the story, by the end, I honestly wished I had known more about the story’s Three Robots. Who are they? Did humans create them? Why are these three very different robots friends? Instead of picking nits like I’m doing, I should probably just take a step back and enjoy the devilishly dark humor that is in nearly every scene.

Three Robots is full of wit and delivers an impressive ending that is both preachy and self-deprecating at the same time. If the goal of a story is to ultimately tell an important message, it’s nice to see the writer(s) not taking themselves so seriously while delivering that message.

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