LOVE, DEATH & ROBOTS Inspired Netflix To Do Something Completely New With Episode Order

LOVE, DEATH & ROBOTS Inspired Netflix To Do Something Completely New With Episode Order LOVE, DEATH & ROBOTS Inspired Netflix To Do Something Completely New With Episode Order

Netflix has now acknowledged that it was presenting episodes of Love, Death & Robots in different orders to random subscribers in an attempt to "try something completely new." Find out more after the jump.

By MattIsForReal - Mar 19, 2019 02:03 PM EST
Filed Under: Netflix
Love, Death & Robots is unlike anything we've seen before on Netflix. The new anthology series from Tim Miller and David Fincher is comprised of 18 animated shorts from studios all around the world, and brought together under the thematic elements of, well, exactly what the title suggests - love, death, and robots.

The various stories deal with adult topics such as racism, government, free will, and human nature while spanning science fiction, horror, fantasy, and even comedy genres. The animation is equally as diverse as each short embraces its own unique style.

But we've seen anthology series before; that's not what makes Love, Death & Robots unique. What makes this show the first of its kind for Netflix is the way these stories are presented. Each "episode" ranges in length anywhere from six to 17 minutes. Given that we now live in a society in which content exists in 15 to 30-second snippets (Vine, Tik Tok, etc.), the abrupt nature of storytelling in Love, Death & Robots is a fascinating experiment for the future of media consumption. And Netflix is using it as an opportunity to experiment with another new feature.

Following the release of Love, Death & Robots, several Netflix users noticed that the order in which they were presented episodes differed. I can personally confirm that was also the case with me and a friend of mine as the first episodes he saw were completely different than mine. Admittedly, I thought he was just watching them out of order and didn't realize it or that Netflix had some sort of episode randomizer.

Online, users began to theorize that Netflix's algorithm was personalizing the episode order according to your viewing habits or, potentially even worse, certain demographic data (age, race, sexuality, etc.). The backlash to this sort of potential invasion of privacy forced Netflix to respond. The streaming service revealed that episodes in Love, Death & Robots are, in fact, being presented in different orders to different users; but, the order you are shown has nothing to do with personal information, like gender, ethnicity, or sexual identity, Netflix confirmed.

Now, as an anthology series, the order in which you consume episodes in Love, Death & Robots has no real impact on the overall series, but I do wonder the logic behind the varying episode orders. Netflix didn't further elaborate on why they chose to do this or what the determining factors are. In any case, you can rest easy knowing that your personal information is not being used to tailor the Netflix algorithm.

Sentient dairy products, werewolf soldiers, robots gone wild, garbage monsters, cyborg bounty hunters, alien spiders and blood-thirsty demons from hell - all converge in eighteen NSFW animated stories.

Love, Death & Robots is now streaming on Netflix.
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HeavyMetal4Life - 3/19/2019, 2:38 PM
I enjoyed most of the episodes. A couple or so I really didn't like at all. But for the most part, some pretty neat concepts and ideas being explored, some of which I'd love to see more of. And for a show called Love, Death & Robots, and advertised for being pretty NSFW with nudity and gore, I was a little surprised at how tame it was overall. Sure, a handful of episodes were explicit, but most were not (or not that much).
HeavyMetal4Life - 3/19/2019, 2:55 PM
@Soos - SOME of the episodes had a good amount of gore, some had none.

The Aquila Rift episode was one of the best and yes, that had the most nudity/the nudity that stood out. Wasn't the only one though: Sonnie's Edge, Good Hunting, and the murderer one had nudity too (might be blanking on some others).
HeavyMetal4Life - 3/19/2019, 3:00 PM
@Soos - I also expected more robots, some episodes had none
HeavyMetal4Life - 3/19/2019, 3:02 PM
@Soos - good point, though the simulation itself was 'techy/sci-fi' enough
PantherKing - 3/19/2019, 2:42 PM
That episode where that ship got trapped was some really scary messed up stuff. The other one that was fun was the one where that woman was running away from the alleged murderer.
HeavyMetal4Life - 3/19/2019, 2:47 PM
@PantherKing - yeah that was one of the best episodes
PantherKing - 3/19/2019, 2:54 PM
@HeavyMetal4Life - the murderer one or the one where the guy was living in a simulation after his ship got trapped?
HeavyMetal4Life - 3/19/2019, 2:55 PM
@PantherKing - simulation, Aquila's Rift. Others that I thought were really good were Sonnie's Edge, Lucky 13, Suits.
HeavyMetal4Life - 3/19/2019, 3:00 PM
@Soos - yeah that was a great fight
PantherKing - 3/19/2019, 3:12 PM
@Soos - it was scary in a sense that all the crew being dead and the only guy was trapped in a simulation with a giant ass spider. Plus I watched it in the dark at night lol.
PantherKing - 3/19/2019, 3:13 PM
@HeavyMetal4Life - I liked those too. I have yet to finish it I stopped at the Aquilla’s Rift episode.
MrCamw1 - 3/19/2019, 2:46 PM
My coworker just told me about this show like 2 hours ago. Looks like now i have to watch.
doomsday619 - 3/19/2019, 2:53 PM
I've got it set up in my watchlist, just finished up a few crime documentaries so this is next on the list.
Kyos - 3/19/2019, 2:55 PM
The shorts I liked the most were the steampunk huli jing story, the great yogurt takeover, and Zima Blue. I also liked the ones with the three robots, the mecha-farmers, the murder witness chase, the beast fighting arena, and the 'lost in space' one.
Kyos - 3/19/2019, 2:59 PM
Last one meaning the 'huh, what are you doing here, and where am I anyways, oh well, let's [frick]' one, not 'Gravity 2'.
Kyos - 3/19/2019, 3:08 PM
I should probably look up the actual names of the shorts at some point, barely registered them while watching for some reason. Barely registered some of the episodes themselves as well, like 'werevolves in Afghanistan', 'cyborg robbers' and 'Russians vs... idk, zombies?'.
GhostDog - 3/19/2019, 3:02 PM
I've watched 2. Its really good.
NotoriousWolf23 - 3/19/2019, 3:09 PM
Going to give this a watch.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 3/19/2019, 3:16 PM
Just saw this on Netflix. It seems like an awesome idea.
Lostcause - 3/19/2019, 3:19 PM
I want to see this. Off topic... I just got an alert from Key Collector Comic app, That Disney is moving forward with Star Wars:Knights of the Old Republic.
Batman5 - 3/19/2019, 3:26 PM
@Lostcause - what do u mean? As a comic?
PantherKing - 3/19/2019, 3:29 PM
@Batman5 - movies directed by the game of thrones people.
Lostcause - 3/19/2019, 3:42 PM
@Batman5 - Production...I would assume Disney+ or film. It will be done by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss of GoT.
WaffeX - 3/19/2019, 4:35 PM
I would like to see an anime show or a movie about the cyborg robbers
Matador - 3/19/2019, 6:03 PM
Enjoyed all the episodes binged it on Sunday started at 10pm next thing I know it was 2am!

YES, yes I was.
case - 3/19/2019, 6:23 PM
They're just AB(+CD) testing.
gastitdk - 3/19/2019, 7:00 PM
Suits was fricking amazing and needs a live action adaptation!
DiscoGuzzler - 3/19/2019, 7:38 PM
I just realized from everyone's comments that two of the episodes are based on short stories by Alastair Reynolds, one of my favorite authors, so I guess I'll have to give it a try.
pharoahe22 - 3/19/2019, 9:11 PM
I thought it was really dope. Didn’t like all of the episodes, but certain ones could have been movies or series and I wanted more. Definitely more good than bad. Can’t wait to see more.
lawndart - 3/20/2019, 4:56 AM
Loved this series. Reminded me quite a bit of the Twilight Zone. As an artist, I especially enjoyed the variety of artistic style. More please.
lawndart - 3/20/2019, 4:57 AM
Secret War had some wonderful animation. Watch the wind blow through the fur on the lined coat.
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