Love, Death + Robots has been a cult favorite since its inception. This animated series co-produced by David Fincher, is episode independent, with each episode created by different filmmakers from across the world. It is compared to its sci-fi Netflix neighbor, Black Mirror, for the quality of its content and the futuristic approach they share. Love, Death + Robots has short, max 20 mins long episodes, which gave it the binge-able property. After the volume 2 let-down, volume 3 has again proved promising; and fans are starting to notice a pattern.
How Volume 2 of Love, Death + Robots didn’t meet its Volume 1 expectations
Volume 1 was perfect for breaking the show to the audience. Good enough to gather its cult. Good enough to keep the fans singing about it. The first season also enjoyed critical acclaim and won 5 out of the 6 Emmy nominations they received for it. The average audience score for Volume 1 on Rotten Tomatoes is 92%, a deserving one. The first volume got the audience hyped for the second go.
But to the audience’s disappointment, the second one didn’t perform according to their expectations. Its tiny duration length too wasn’t enough to help retain the already established fanbase. Its audience score fell to 58% on Rotten Tomatoes, but it was crowned with the same accolades as the first one. This time it won 6 out of the 6 awards it was nominated for at the Emmys.
Even though critics thought it was a better evolution of an already established idea, it felt rather stale to the audiences. Some episodes of volume 2 would sidetrack to boredom while some wouldn’t pick up at the start. Its episode ratings on IMDb too are lesser than episodes of all three volumes combined.
Fans want to be wrong about the pattern of excellence Volume 3 has set
Now with Love, Death + Robots volume 3 in the picture, fans weren’t too thrilled at first; but after watching it, their unanimous conclusion says it’s better than both the previous volumes.
One of the Reddit users pointed it out. They found the pattern in the show’s likeability and relevance.
Its Rotten Tomatoes audience score is 88%, with 100% in critic ratings! This alternate pattern of the quality of the show has fans worried about the fourth season. Because the pattern is true, the fourth volume is again bound to rake down on likes.
But that is less likely to happen because the now experienced makers of the show know what works. Love Death+ Robots was anyway a very new concept- another reason for its quick popularity; and so every approach works like a tester.
Moreover, it is an ensemble of independent stories from the filmmakers of the world, making it less likely to be monitored for content, and wholesome in the amalgamation. Volume 3 was released on the 20th, of May’22, if you haven’t started to watch it yet, stream it here on Netflix.