We have explained the endings of episodes in Love, Death & Robots season 2. Here are all 8 endings and their explanations.
Love, Death & Robots is one of the most interesting series on Netflix. The animated anthology series was released back in 2019. The first season managed to get a really good score from the viewers despite its episodes that are rather poor in quality.
Season 2 of the anthology series premiered a couple of days ago. It comes with 8 episodes instead of 18 like the first season. Yet again, the series seems like it is more refined despite having fewer chapters. So it did not give any compromises and apparently took its lessons after the first season’s performance.
We have explained the endings of all of the episodes in season 2. Some of these stories only offer death, whereas the others come with robots. There are also a couple that comes at you with all three. Without further due, let’s dive in and review each episode along with their endings.
Automated Customer Service
Volume 2 opens with Automated Customer Service which takes viewers to a city that is inhabited by the elderly. Old people just vibe here and the robots take care of all their needs. One of the cleaning robots in an old lady’s house starts to gain a little bit of ‘audacity’ and tries to fix everything. This ‘fixing’ process includes attacking the owner and her dog to destroy them though.
The house turns into an arena as the old lady tries to deactivate the robot while trying to reach customer service. The episode embraces the good old concept of ‘what if robots decided to kill us‘ and how frustrating is to reach customer service. The episode is funny and the animation is pretty neat which makes the episode a great opening to Love, Death & Robots volume 2.
In an anthology series where technology is a solid foundation, it is only natural to see an episode about modified human bodies. Ice invites us to a planet inhabited by ‘modded’ people. Their led eyes allow them to see through the night and their powerful cybernetic legs give them a boost to jump great heights. There are also many other benefits of having a bioengineered body.
On this planet, we witness an adventure of two brothers. One of them is called Sedge. He is unlike his brother Fletcher, who is a natural or an ‘unmodded’ person. And he is the only unmodded human on the planet as well. Overwhelmed by the feeling of being an outcast, he goes on a dangerous adventure with his brother and his group of modded and cool friends.
Throughout their wild night, they witness massive whales breaking through the ice. As they try to escape the icy ground which is about to be broken by whales, Sedge is not able to run as fast as the others due to his natural legs that are from fresh and bones.
Yet again, it does not stop him from saving his brother. Thanks to his sheer will and natural instincts, he manages to run and reach the others after rescuing his brother. He gains their respect and walks through the night with confidence. Ice is a short story about one of the most frequently asked questions in the world of sci-fi. It gives us a glimpse of a society full of biologically upgraded people and how they react to a natural person. Though it does this in a rather shallow tone.
Pop Squad is one of the best episodes not only in the second season but in the whole Love, Death & Robots anthology series. The third episode of the second season depicts a world where keeping a child is illegal due to overpopulation. And the living can extend their lives forever if they sacrifice the right to give birth.
Imagine a world filled with people who can live forever. That would be quite problematic because if no one dies, there would not be room for the new ones. Therefore, a special police force is tasked with finding and destroying ‘newborn kids’ to make room for the living. Pop Squad tells about a cop in this force who questions his duty along with his identity. The amazing animation quality, beautiful narration, and interesting topic make Pop Squad clearly a perfect episode.
Snow in the Desert
The fourth episode in Love, Death & Robots season 2 is based on Neal Asher. The episode invites us to a journey of a lone wanderer named Snow, whose body has the ability to regenerate. This ‘key to immortality’ makes Snow quite famous on the planet. The planet also reminds us of Frank Herbert’s Dune as we see signs like ‘water thief’ on sandy rocks.
Being very notorious thanks to his special ability, lots of people are trying to chase down Snow. Among them, there is a woman named Hirald who turns out to be a cyborg. Snow in the Desert is a special episode. Because he is pretty much a miracle for death. And he really is snow in this desolate desert planet. He embodies a cure with his unusual appearance and of course, regeneration skill.
Hirald, on the other hand, is not so different from him. Unlike others, she wants to travel with Snow because she also knows that they are pretty similar. Hirald will never have the chance to grow old and die naturally. Because of an accident, she is now a cyborg who can live forever. After losing his wife and all those lonely years, Snow finds his companion. This makes Hirald, the snow in Snow’s lonely desert.
The Tall Grass
The Tall Grass is also an adaptation of Joe R. Landsdale‘s story. It is basically an episode about good old zombies spawning on a field. It invites us to a short and dangerous adventure of a train passenger, as he finds himself attracted by the lights among the tall grass.
The train stops and he wanders around, only to find himself being chased down by glowing zombies. He is saved by the train personnel who reveals that he had actually experienced the situation a couple of times. Yet again, he allows the passenger to go around the plains in the first place. The episode does not necessarily answer our questions. We learn that these monsters might be coming from a different dimension and they scare fire.
All Through the House
All Through the House is based on Joachim Heijndermans‘ story. It is quite an interesting episode with its depiction of Santa Claus. As we witness the excitement of two children during Christmas Eve, we see that Santa is not an old man with a long and white beard.
He is actually a beast with a dysmorphic body. It also has weird and scary hands in addition to its long and sharp teeth. Instead of being an old and chubby man, Santa is a disgusting beast who gives children their gift through its mouth. Well, technically it checks all the boxes as Santa Claus. It drinks the milk and eats the cookies after coming from the fireplace. It also knows what the children want as their Christmas gifts.
Life Hutch is a great episode with ultra-realistic animation. Though it is another story where a malfunctioning robot decides to kill a human. This time, the human is a war pilot who keeps living the moment he crashes.
Throughout the episode, we see the difference between a man and a robot. A robot functions through its algorithm and programming. If it is programmed to attack something it does not recognize, it will try to complete the task no matter what happens. On the other hand, a man adapts to the situation. Like this pilot who crash-landed on the planet. He survived the crash and adapted to the situation by finding a life hutch. After coming across a threat within the shelter, he adapted again by faking his death. The malfunctioning robot did not see him as a threat.
Even though the pilot was not expecting to see another death trap in a Life Hutch which was supposed to save him, he managed to protect himself by destroying the robot. The bot attacked the light regardless of its location. Which gave the pilot a chance to lead the robot to its own destruction.
The Drowned Giant
The final episode of Love, Death & Robot season 2 is based on Ballard’s story which was released back in 1964.
The Drowned Giant is a beautiful story filled with metaphors and criticism through the decaying corpse of a massive man. The narrator talks throughout the episode and talks about his awe when he sees the giant. He starts talking from the moment the giant’s corpse is found on the shore.
The episode also investigates how people reacted to this extraordinary event. The process of this amazing event evolving into something as a mere memory criticizes human nature and its unending desire to consume and forget. Yet the narrator states that the giant was actually never dead. This whole process made the giant quite alive in the narrator’s eyes.
People draw graffitis on the giant’s corpse, kids play on his body and stain his skin; the butchers cut down his arms and head, and so on…
After some time, the drowned giant’s body is something that is already forgotten. His bones are now decorations that are used on the buildings in the village. His genitals and other parts are nothing but a minute of entertainment. It does not matter where the drowned giant came from or even how he drowned.
It is about the giant’s life after his death and how the miniature humans have somewhat ‘defied’ the whole process. Because this is in our nature as well.