NetFlix recently launched a series of shorts from different contributors, called Love, Death and Robots. After watching a couple, it wasn’t hard to carry on watching another and another. Some are pretty gory, but they all have something in common besides the Love, Death and Robots; ideas.
Years ago a short film would have me itching for more. Going online and finding when the next part or sequel was coming out would become an obsession of mine. Even now, the One Punch Man second series is my most wanted animation and I sometimes look up more info on that, but that’s not the point I’m trying to make here. Sometimes we are watching a series, of episodes or films, and can see the quality deteriorating over time as the ideas dry up, but we are invested and feel compelled to finish the series to see how things end up. We may even go for the spin-off books or alternate series (I’m looking at you, Fear The Walking Dead). But when you have a mini-series from different creators, like with Love, Death and Robots, there is no shortage of ideas at all. Each short has its own ideas that could be developed into something more, if they wanted to, but are strong enough to stand alone as well. How many movie sequels or long running series can claim that each episode or movie could stand alone and still be worthwhile? Not many. Short stories have also become a love of mine; I picked up The Complete Robot by Isaac Asimov and it opened my eyes to the brilliance of short stories. So many interesting new ideas in just a few pages, without having to follow along with main characters slowly developing. A couple of stories here, such as the farm for sentient automobiles and a robot building a disintegration machine, really capture the imagination and conjure up all kinds of other ideas in myself after reading them. In our eagerness for closure and tying up loose ends, we lose the opportunity to engage our imagination about how, why and what woulc come next in these stories. Creativity and problem-solving go hand-in-hand, so it benefits us to feed our imagination with unfinished stories like these. Love, Death and Robots is a series I would definitely recommend (if you don’t mind a bit of gore), and worth a trial NetFlix subscription at least! If you’ve watched the series or have some similar recommendations, I am still very early on in my short story/ideas path, so please comment and let me know.
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