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The show remains an anthology, but look hard enough and you'll see at least one hint that these shorts might not be occupying wholly distinct universes after all.
The second installment is a real letdown from the first. Pretty visuals can't cover up the lack of good quality storytelling in most of the short films.
Not all of the eight shorts are equal in quality, such is the reality of anthologies, but they treat you as adults.
As a new volume in an anthology, Love, Death + Robots: Volume 2 does not exactly give off the best impression, but as a collection of eight new short films not connected to anything else, it's a great time.
The show's value in a binge-and-forget culture is best symbolised in "The Drowned Giant." Once the novelty wears off, it will fade into oblivion as people move on to the next shiny thing on their watchlist.
A shorter catalog is probably best here since this year's batch of stories features some repeating themes. That being said, the series continues to be an enjoyable thought-provoking buffet of animated wonders and wickedness.
Though its narrative reach and explorative curiosity have been lessened, "Love, Death + Robots" still makes for a tremendously entertaining watch, albeit a very, very short one.
Love, Death & Robots doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it allows that wheel to take over humanity and ignite a robot apocalypse.
Objectively, the shorts in volume 2 are less edgy and violent, trading in gratuitous nudity and gore for poignant storytelling. It's more mature this time around and less messed-up, which makes for stronger viewing.
Love Death & Robots Volume 2 fires on all cylinders. It's a stunning testament to adult animation, the depth of story it can tell, and nails exactly how to craft an anthology series.
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2d agoMore consistent than s1 but didnt reach the same heights. Still a very fun season all around.
6d agoLD+R S1 felt like one of the greatest things to happen to animation and entertainment. I have rewatched it many times. S2 by comparison is a complete letdown. Not once have I had the urge to rewatched. Rather, every time it crosses the mind all I feel is disappointment. The animation and audio is all fine but the stories themselves are utter shit. I read somewhere how s2 was an improvement, how the show has "matured". Fact, is s1 felt RAW whereas s2 seems feels like a con pretending to be a mysterious sage. The 2 stars are there for the people who were tortured by having them work on bringing these shitty stories to life. You know how much this means to me when I had to create an account here to take this off my chest.
6d agoWith its shorter number of segments preventing the show from overstaying its welcome, stunningly animated segments and successfully balancing different tones with a good mkiture of comedy, horror and even poignancy, this second volume of Love, Death & Robots improves upon its predecessor's more...iffy moments. Bring on the third volume of this anthology series!
Jun 05, 2021Only two really good episodes: Pop Squad and Snow in the Desert. Season Two is a big let down after Season One.
Jun 04, 2021Love, Death & Robots is an show that may have very well predicted what the future will look like in many years from now. Other than the fact that the show may have predicted the future, LDR thrills audiences again with 8 short episodes that feature amazing animation and stellar storytelling to create the perfect cartoon/animation series for adults that can be enjoyed today, tomorrow or several hundred years in the future.
Jun 03, 2021It was decent, but lacked all the edgy, creative, original, captivating, and fun elements found in many episodes of season one. I'm disappointed they chose to go complete vanilla this time. They might have well have given it to Disney with their corporate, by the book, low-risk formula of plots and stories. You first start to get a feeling of this when you notice their heavy use of hyperrealist animation this time around. You know, the kind that looks so real you forget it's animated most of the time. In the first volume they used this very seldom. Not so this time: out of an 8 episode season 4 of them are hyperrealist and another two are hyperreal with only cartoonish elements. When season one sparingly went vanilla and used hyperreal or integrated animation it *enhanced* the story. I'm not saying hyperreal is bad, but when 90% of your season is using it it lacks creativity. I almost made an excuse for Volume two for what seemed to be rushed stories. I figured only having 20 minutes for an episode, sometimes you have to let the audience guess themselves, but volume one had tight well paced writing. The stories were concise; sometimes with conclusions and sometimes open-ended, but always *complete*. Volume two lacks the originality, creativity, and risk-taking needed to pull it off. Volume two's episodes include things like: - A cop in a dystopian future who seems to have spent the last decade murdering criminalized children without any issues now suddenly has a problem with it to the point he's willing to die to stop it because.....reasons. - An old lady's vacuum robot in the future tries to murder her. Hoooooww originaaaaal. - A maintenance robot in the future who tries to murder a space marine. It's the old lady's grandson. - An albino wolverine on another planet who has a massive bounty on his head and is warding off bounty hunters daily, blindly trusts some girl he just met to the point that he just shares a tent with her in the wilderness. After ten seconds. And takes her to his secret hideout with abundant resources. And why didn't those birds get in the shade first and then cover themselves with those wings? - A bunch of angsty teenage kids where when the animators asked the director what style to use he just said "yes" who leave their alien town to go in the middle of a frozen ocean AND THEN RUN AWAY from whales crashing through, and then stop to turn around and watch them. Even though they could have just stayed in the spot they ran to. Was that supposed to be edgy? Am I already old? Do I not get "edgy" anymore? - I want to list more, but I'm high and I already forgot them. I'm not even that high that's how unremarkable they were. You know the scene from Chef (2014) where the chef has the cool new menu ready for the critic and the manager comes in and forces him to make his by-the-numbers menu because it's always risk free. That's what felt like happened here. I felt like the creators, the writers, the directors, etc wanted to tell us cool stories and some studio/corporate BS got in the way. Missed opportunity. I wonder what a streaming service food truck would be.
Jun 03, 2021It was disappointing. Fewer episodes and most did not have a coherent and complete story
Jun 03, 2021I love, love death robots. I watched them all alone, and with a friend of mine for a second time. Then again with a sibling for a third. To say it is bad would be a flat lie. However, when comparing season one vs season two. The word that comes to mind is censored. This art should never be censored. It needs to be brutally bluntly honest! The newest season feels more like a lesson being told for at least half of the episodes, while the others are close to the first seasons charm. Leave the p/c stuff for another show. Keep Sci-fi be what it is! That being said I loved ice, automated system, and the drowned giant. Others are so so. I hope they continue to explore so many different topics. You look at season one, and they had lucky thirteen, then they had suits, then they had blood suckers, then they had Zima blue. So many others that were just beautiful. Either way, I wish they had 18 episodes opposed to a smaller 8. Overall the lack of variety was upsetting. I hope they make more for I would gladly try them out!!
Jun 02, 2021Every bit as refreshing, inventive and interesting as the first volume was.
Jun 01, 2021Good animation. And good story. I love all season of L.D.R