Ranking Robots: Alternate Histories

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.

Historically, Thinks of a Thoughter has been a site that has rarely said anything too controversial, but today is the day that this site puts its foot down and says that Hitler was a really bad person and if you’re someone that agrees with this statement then do I have an episode for you. Alternate Histories goes out of its way to put you, the audience member, into the episode and then demonstrates a piece of technology that allows the user to alter a piece of history and then watch how different everything would be based on what’s been changed. In the case of the episode, it asks the question of what if Hitler had died when he was still a teenager. Once the question is presented we then see 6 different scenarios depicting the many hilarious ways Hitler could have died. I won’t spoil anything but let me just say that death by jello was my personal favorite.

Overall, the episode is clever and very funny. The ability to mix history along with sharp humor is really impressive, and even more impressive is the fact that the creators knew when to shift gears. Anytime the 7 minute short started to feel repetitive the story would ramp up the ridiculousness and once it started to become obvious that even that wasn’t going to work forever, it was over. This yet another episode that I hadn’t heard many good things about that I’ve once again walked away from thoroughly enjoying. What can I say, I love history, I especially love alternate history, and even more than that I really love watching Hitler die over, and over, and over.

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