Netflix has renewed David Fincher and Tim Miller’s adult-oriented animated anthology series Love, Death & Robots for season 2. Originally developed as a reboot of the classic 1980s animated movie Heavy Metal, Love, Death & Robots eventually morphed into a series of short standalone sci-fi films produced by an array of talented artists from all over the globe.
Debuting on Netflix in 2019, season 1 of the show delivered 18 episodes of varying length that indeed revolved around the promised love, death and robots – and a whole lot more, including (not surprisingly) a ton of animated violence...as well as a surprising number of cats. Featuring a variety of different animation styles, from traditional to computer generated, the show did very well with critics and currently holds a solid 77 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The show’s eclectic blend of sci-fi, horror, steampunk, cyberpunk and multiple other genres left fans wanting more, and wondering if Netflix would indeed launch a second season.
Now, fans have gotten the answer they were hoping for, as Netflix has announced they have renewed Love, Death & Robots for season 2 (via Variety). The streamer also revealed that they’re bringing on Jennifer Yuh Nelson to oversee all the season’s episodes.
A veteran animator with a resume that includes both TV and film work, Nelson received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature for directing 2011's hit film Kung Fu Panda 2 (she also co-directed the 2016 follow up Kung Fu Panda 3). In 2018, Nelson made her live-action feature film directorial debut with the dystopian sci-fi thriller The Darkest Minds. Prior to that, Nelson also worked on the decidedly adult-skewing animated TV series Todd McFarlane’s Spawn and Spicy City.
The decision to bring Nelson on board Love, Death & Robots not only makes sense given her track record, it could also be a response to criticism the show received for being a little too male-centric in its point of view (some accused the show of outright misogyny). With one person overseeing the entire season, the show may become a little more consistent in terms of tone and style as well. Season 1 did deliver a lot of interesting stories, but also received criticism for being somewhat up and down when it came to quality.
It remains to be seen what overall influence Nelson will have on both the content and quality of Love, Death & Robots. Clearly, Netflix sees the show as something with ongoing appeal, which should come as great news to those who enjoy animated sci-fi with a more adult viewpoint. After an intriguing if uneven first season, it will be interesting to see what the show has in store for fans in its second go-around.