Netflix has officially released the full episode of "Three Robots" sequel from the first season of ‘Love, Death + Robots’ online. Now, you can watch (above) the Anthology Series’ First-Ever Sequel titled ‘3 Robots: Exit Strategies.’
The third season of the award-winning anthology series, ‘Love, Death + Robots’ will premiere with nine new episodes on May 20 on Netflix.
The new episode "Exit Strategies" reintroduces K-VRC, XBOT 4000, and 11-45-G, the trio of curious droids at the heart of "Three Robots," as they resume their investigation into the source of the (human) world's extinction.
“Just like any archaeologists, human, robot or otherwise, they are going on information that is piecemeal at best,” says “Exit Strategies” writer John Scalzi. “And they have to make assumptions, they have to guess, and sometimes they get it wildly incorrect. When they do, hopefully, it’s funny.”
While the initial "Three Robots" episode was based on a short tale by Scalzi, the best-selling sci-fi author of the Old Man's War series and the Hugo Award-winning Redshirts, this time also he created the script — concurrently with a short story.
Below are some of the excerpts from an interview with John Scalzi with Netflix.
I wrote the characters because, years ago, a friend of mine kept poking me until I contributed to her anthology, Robots Vs. Fairies. I knocked it out in about an hour. Something I did to keep my friend from annoying me has gone on to have such a long life – first in the book, then the first season, being the only episode that is explicitly a sequel – just tickles me. And it thrills me, because the longer I’m with those characters, the more I love them.
They (Three Robots and Exit Strategies) were written in tandem. Because [executive producer] Tim Miller said, “Can we have a sequel?” So I pitched a treatment, then wrote a script, then wrote a short story that was more in the style of the original story. It was interesting to present this story in different media. Having the original animated version gave me a real solid grounding of how I wanted those characters’ personalities to proceed. XBOT 4000 is massive yet neurotic. K-VRC is enthusiastic, but not the smartest kid on the block. And then 11-45-G is basically Daria – from the MTV television series Daria. Just completely deadpan and the smartest of the group. Just having that mix of characters made it a lot easier to come back and say, “What sort of scenarios are you going to put them into?” We know the format has to be: “We are at the end of the days of humanity.” And they’re fascinated by human culture. So how can we continue that and not just have it be a rehash of what’s been done before? Because there’s a fine line between having a mode and having a shtick.
The episode manages to make a point, without being heavy-handed. Is that a line you’re aware of walking?
Oh, absolutely. This is the thing I’m very conscious of in my science-fiction generally. Your first job is to entertain people. If they’re aware I’m coming with a point with a capital P then immediately a bunch of walls goes up. My interest is less in lecturing people than it is in letting them have a good time and then once they get out the door they can think about the things that they’ve seen.
In terms of the science fiction community, how do you feel that Love, Death + Robots as a whole is perceived and valued?
To have Love, Death + Robots come out, and immediately there are so many hot takes — both from the science fiction community and the people who are watching in the film-television community — has been really gratifying. It wasn’t a pebble thrown into the ocean that sinks straight down with barely a ripple. It was a big fucking splash.
Love, Death & Robots is a Netflix Original sci-fi anthology series created by Tim Miller, David Fincher, Jennifer Miller, and Joshua Donen. From wild adventures on far-flung planets to unsettling encounters close to home: The Emmy-winning anthology returns with a crop of provocative tales.
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