The series Love Death + Robots, created by Tim Miller (director of Deadpool) and produced by David Fincher, broke into Netflix and in a few days already caused a sensation.
With an anthology format and with very brief episodes that deliver what promises the title -love, death and robots-, the series takes up the spirit of the legendary American cult magazine Heavy Metal, edited by Grant Morrison, and the film of the same name from 1981, but with new stories.
Stories that alternate various styles of animation and numerous subgenres of science fiction and fantasy, and always include an almost experimental and definitely adult content marked by the strong presence of graphic violence, gore, sex and nudity.
But this experimental tone is not only in its content. The series is also an experiment for Netflix.
As many saw the series and began to comment on forums and social networks, it became clear that the order of the 18 episodes that make up the first season of Love Death + Robots are presented differently to different viewers.
A user of Reddit claims that he compared with 10 people and 10 had a different order of episodes. Another person said that he saw the series three times (!), And on all three occasions the episodes were presented differently.
Although it is not clear how often the change happens and what it depends on.
Someone on Twitter speculated, let’s know on what basis, which was due to the user’s sexual orientation.
With my colleagues from Vix we compared the episodes and apparently all of us saw them in the same order.
We even appreciate how some lighter and even humoristic work as a momentary “relief” in the midst of other more violent, extreme or obscure: for example, the sympathetic “Three Robots” (the second, in our case), in the middle of the violent ” The advantage of Sonnie »and the twisted« Witness »(first and third respectively.
That is even the order with which they appear in IMDb.
But according to confirmed Slate with a Netflix spokesman, in fact the sequence of episodes varies according to different viewers, and this is a deliberate test that the platform is doing.
“These are tests that vary according to time and region, and may not be permanent,” said the Netflix representative.
He added: “We had never had a series like Love Death + Robots before, so we’re trying something totally new: sequences of episodes in different orders.”
We do not know what the test will lead to or what its purposes really are, but the truth is that we are all netflix guinea pigs who are trying to see where the narrative forms of their series can lead.