We cannot say that any of the nine animated short films that make up the third volume of Love, Death and Robots, the Netflix anthology created by the American Tim Miller (since 2019), is among the best of it. All of them are at a certain distance from “The Witness” (1×03) and “Pop Squad” (2×03), two striking proposals made by Alberto Mielgo (2019) and Jennifer Yuh (2021) respectively.
And that the great David Fincher is behind “Bad Travelling” (3×02), perhaps the most defensible of this cinematographic batch along with “Jibaro” (3×09), the second contribution of the aforementioned Mielgo, who does not cause us the same disappointment that his partner Yuh endorsed us “Kill Team Kill” (3×05), the worst of the entire Netfix series. And another of the curiosities of this new installment is related to Elon Musk.
we ran into the same at the end of “Three Robots: Exit Strategies” (3×01), the only one signed so far by Patrick Osborne (2022) and that continues the story of the three hilarious electronic characters to whom Josh Brener, Gary Anthony Williams and Katie Lowes had already lent their vocal cords in their short from the first volume (1×02 ), directed by Víctor Maldonado and Alfredo Torres. And one did not expect to hear the tycoon’s name here.
Waiting for Elon Musk in ‘Love, Death and Robots’
In this work of Love, Death and Robotswe are told that the “obscenely rich” humans decided they needed a new planet, and the protagonists discover the recording of the launch of a space rocket in December 2025 to mars, in which his crew escaped the apocalypse. And, after a chained montage of the terrestrial night sky to that of the red world, they show us those who were able to survive there.
A Martian astronaut is about to drink a margarita and opens his diving suit to do so. But he is not a person, but one of the cats whose feline genes were modified by humanity so that they were born with opposable thumbs, which also made them the second intelligent animals. So the aforementioned looks at the astonished spectators and asks: “Who were you waiting for? To Elon Musk?before pouting and trying the cocktail.
Of course, this reference makes a lot of sense in Love, Death and Robots. Not only because the initiative to get away from Earth and its catastrophe is so understandable that we have already seen it, for example, in don’t look up (2021), Netflix movie, at the request of technology entrepreneur Peter Isherwell, for which actor Mark Rylance was inspired by Elon Musk. The latter is the most “obscenely rich” and his company SpaceX is engaged in aerospace manufacturing and transportation.