Anthologies always carry with them a little bit of risk. It’s a steep task to come up with a definable, overarching theme to hold together contributions from different artists, each with their own diverging sensibilities. Fortunately, when you have a title like the Netflix animated series “Love, Death & Robots,” that does most of the heavy lifting.
But another major challenge with anthologies is that, inevitably, some parts of the collection will be more successful than others. They’ll be better focused or more sprawling, denser in their atmosphere or equipped with enough space for the story it’s telling to breathe. The exciting thing about “Love, Death & Robots” is that it has the potential to let its many different creative teams expand their own ideas.
As we’ve written in our reviews of Season 1 and Season 2, this Netflix show hasn’t always capitalized on that promise. Yet, even as we’ve highlighted a few of the standouts, it’s worth exploring a little further why the best shorts in this collection are as effective as they are. So, as the wait continues for the next round of additions to this growing anthology, here are some of our favorites. (Fair intergalactic warning: spoilers will be found below.)