Save The Farm, Save The World
If you’re looking for an adrenaline soaked, high-action thrill ride, look no further than Suits. Love, Death & Robots’ fourth episode offers a change of pace, and art style, as it depicts an alien attack across 15 minutes of fighting.
The story here sees a community of farmers coming together to thwart an alien attack. As darkness descends across the acres of land, Hank equips his mech-suit and heads out to destroy the pockets of insect-like aliens that threaten their livelihood. After nonchalantly brushing off their threat, a bigger problem lies on the horizon. With the help of two other farmers, Hank finds himself in the battle of his life as thousands of aliens charge down the hill and straight into their firing line.
As the community back home scrambles to get to safety, it’s up to the trio of mech-suit wearing farmers to hold off the threat. All of this builds to the reveal of a giant insect that dwarfs all of them and everything looking to be on the brink of hopelessness. After an act of self-sacrifice and a little bit of luck, Hank and the others appear successful. Successful that is, until the camera pans out to reveal they were living in a green-house on a hostile alien world all along.
For the most part, Suits balances humour with a lot of action really well. There are moments here that echo that seen in big blockbuster titles with the constant camera shifts inside the mech suits then to the fighting outside helping to build tension and camaraderie within the community.
The art style is really nicely done too. It’s hard to pin down but the visuals combine bold, stock colours with CGI animation. It’s the little details that really sell this though with water sloshing around and coffee steam rising a couple of examples of this. I’m not sure what the exact style is called but it’s something I’d like to see more of in other animated titles.
Suits feels like a love letter to the action genre. It’s a high-octane thrill ride with a nice little twist at the end. The twist itself is another nice surprise too and a great way to top off another decent episode.