Three Robots: Exit Strategies
Episode 1 of Love, Death & Robots Vol. 3 returns us to the familiar post-apocalyptic world from season 1. Our three familiar robots navigate a minefield after touching down in their spaceship, heading into a survival camp. According to research, the humans there rejected government-sponsored medical attention and shacked up in this survival camp, complete with guns and hunting venison. They tried to create a utopia but turned on themselves before long.
As a lovely little juxtaposition, we then head off to an oil rig, which the richer members of society tried to create Seasteading dwellings. These tech millionaires eventually found themselves thwarted by a robot uprising, relying way too much on AI which turned on them.
Next, our trio head off to a bunker, where humanity tried to ride it out. A fungus destroyed their first crop, eventually leading to “extreme democracy” ie. cannibalism. With humanity destroyed and on its last legs, the only hope rests with the 0.01% of the population, the wealthiest among them who formed a new society on Mars. A rocket makes its way up to Mars, fronted by an unknown astronaut.
As we head off to Mars, we see a survivor…which happens to be a cat in an astronaut suit. “Who were you expecting, Elon Musk?” It sneers.
The Episode Review
Love, Death & Robots kicks things off with a return to our post-apocalyptical planet, complete with 9 minutes of exposition. While it’s interesting to see what happened to the planet, I can’t help but shake the feeling this episode would have been so much more effective had we not been given the big narrative about humanity.
Visually, the episode does a good job showing what happened anyway, and it feels unnecessary to narrate every aspect of this, although I do appreciate the first chapter with these three robots followed a similar path before uncovering all those cats.
However, it’s great to see our trio back and it’ll be interesting to see what the rest of the show has in store for us after this.