Plot Holes In Love, Death & Robots series: You may want to know

June 04, 2024

The show is known for its incredible variety of art styles, which range from stunning cell animation to photorealistic motion capture. Each episode (some people also call them short films) explores different themes and genres. While the animation is almost always impressive, its hard-hitting stories sometimes miss the mark, as its numerous plot holes continue to stump audiences today.

An Endless Loop (Volume 1: The Witness)

The Woman hides in taxi in Love, Death & Robots

Like the title of the Volume 1 episode ‘The Witness’ implies, this story revolves around a young woman witnessing a murder take place in her neighbor’s apartment. The killer notices the girl and then what follows is essentially one long chase sequence. Alberto Mielgo, a visual consultant for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, directs the film with impressive technical skill. Spider-Verse’s influence is felt all over the animation style. There are all kinds of “booms” and “pows” bursting across the screen.

Even though the film has a lot of style, it doesn’t change the fact that its very premise has a big ol’ plot hole. Viewers are initially supposed to think that the entire episode was meant to be a chase scene, but its last couple of minutes reveal that the main character is actually stuck in an endless loop – one day she kills the murderer, but the next day she becomes the murderer. Although the audience discovers that the woman is looping, it’s ultimately never explained why she loops in the first place. Is she cursed? What reality does she live in?

Sonnie’s Body (Volume 1: Sonnie’s Edge)

Sonnie looking at a man in Love, Death and Robots.

The human-turned-Beastie Sonnie is a powerful character introduced in the fan-favorite episode ‘Sonnie’s Edge.’ The plot revolves around futuristic cage fighting wherein people can link up to avatars that look like giant monsters. There’s a well-choreographed fight scene in the middle of the film and also some potential for fresh commentary regarding artificial intelligence. However, there are some questionable narrative choices towards the end. 

The finale reveals that the main character is a woman’s consciousness that has been uploaded onto a piece of A.I. If this is the case, why is the woman able to simultaneously control a robot and also her creature at the same time? The film hints that she is able to upload onto a robot, but the plot never reveals how that A.I. has the ability to simultaneously control her cage-fighting monster at the same time.

Farms On Saturn (Volume 1: Suits)

Saturn in Love Death and Robots.

Imagine FarmVille meets Independence Dayone then starts to get a pretty good idea of what Suits is all about. The episode depicts an alternate future where farmers have become earth’s chosen warriors to fight off an alien invasion. Farmers living in rural America jump inside mech suits and demolish hordes of U.F.O’s. What’s admirable about Suits is that it really tries to imbue its story with an emotional theme about sacrifice. Yet, that’s all undercut by some seriously weird story decisions.

There’s never any sort of explanation as to why government soldiers aren’t the men going up against the aliens. Things get even stranger when the episode’s double-twist ending seemingly comes out of nowhere. The final moments cut to an aerial shot of space revealing that the whole story actually took place on Saturn, but it’s never explained why. Rather than feeling satisfied with this part of the episode, it leaves audiences scratching their heads. There’s never any concrete statement explaining why this story had to take place on Saturn or how humans ended up there.

Torrin’s Murderous Rampage (Volume 3: Bad Travelling)

Torrin looking down in Love Death and Robots.

Torrin has quickly become one of the least likable characters in Love, Death & Robots thanks to his questionable actions in ‘Bad Travelling.’ The episode tells the story of a ship that’s taken over by a thanapod, an intelligent crustacean with a frightening ability to speak through dead bodies, which is how it’s able to negotiate a deal with Torrin in the first place. Torrin tricks the thanapod into believing that he is going to Phaedin island, all while devising a convoluted plan to kill his crewmates one by one for voting to follow what the creature wants.

Torrin believes that the rest of the crew deserve to die and be fed to the thanapod because of their unwillingness to risk the long journey to a deserted island, which would save the inhabitants of Phaedin. The plot hole comes when Torrin decides to kill the thanapod and its disgusting critters in the end by setting fire to the barrels of oil that were below deck all this time, never bringing it to the deserted island like he explained to his shipmates. Why did Torrin have to murder the rest of the crew when he could have just killed the thanapod from the very start?

Harper’s Escape (Volume 3: In Vaulted Halls Entombed)

Harper in Love Death and Robots.

The Volume 3 episode ‘In Vaulted Halls Entombed’ takes fans on an awful journey into a cave full of alien-like creatures, with the final Lovecraftian monster testing the last surviving soldier’s resilience. When Harper comes face to face with the eldritch horror, she’s forced to kill her superior officer who is quickly controlled by the being. She has no choice but to remove her own eyes and ears to avoid releasing the deity, as it’s implied that it would destroy the world if that ever happens.

The major plot hole becomes obvious in the final scene where Harper is shown walking outside of the cave as the sun sets. She no longer has eyes or ears at this point and is muttering in an alien language (presumably the deity’s). While an earlier scene shows a nearby tunnel that might not have the murderous critters from other passages, that still doesn’t answer how she’s able to make it out in her condition. The ending certainly adds dramatic flair, but it would’ve been interesting to see how she managed to escape with her life.

Source: Screenrant

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