I think sci-fi is my favorite genre. My favorite stories come from the golden age, when people were chasing stories rather than paychecks (the 80s… ugh). There’s a child-like vision in those older stories, where the science projections were more magical and focused on the psychology, rather than the technology itself. Or from another lens, great sci-fi is about people, not technology.
Netflix has an anthology series Love, Death & Robots that tells multiple story lines, with a sci-fi backdrop. They are between 5-17 minutes, so really quick bites. Anthologies are like a buffet, there’s something for everyone, but not everything is for someone. I used to have bookshelves full of them as a kid (Reader’s Digest is exactly that). And in most sci-fi, the best stories are the short ones, where there’s plenty of open ended questions (see The Martian Chronicles).
There were quite a few highlights here for me, in my order of preference
Beyond the Aquila Rift
This plays out like golden sci-fi, with an interesting punch at the end. There are some open ended parts, and a nice twinge of horror within.
The main line story is great, the setting a bit less.
Aside from the monster design, every other bit of this story hits near-perfect notes. It’s very tight, and is eerily relatable.
There are many stories like this, but none that look like this. Apparently there was no mo-cap, which frankly, bodes well for CG as a whole in the genre.
Werewolves in modern day setting… much better than Underworld’s gothic take on it. The blending of genres works here… a bit like the Forever War.
Not to say that the other shorts are bad, they just resonated less with me. When the Yogurt Took Over I’ve read a dozen times now in other formats. A half dozen others seem like they are pulled straight from Heavy Metal.
Considering how short each episode is, it’s very digestible. Most of us can spare 17 minutes to watch an interesting story. Kind of hoping we get more anthologies in this vein.