Love, Death + Robots: Beyond the Aquilia Rift – Summary, Review (with Spoilers)

Greta (Madeline Knight) with a tear rolling down her face.
Greta (Madeline Knight)
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Beyond the Aquila Rift may feel like it cut the bulk of a larger story, but the way it makes you fiend for details is part of the sell.

Director(s) Leon Berelle, Dominique Boidin, Remi Kozyra, Maxime  Luere
Screenplay By Philip Gelatt
Date Released 3/15/2019
Genre(s) Sci-Fi
Good If You Like Space Missions Gone Wrong
Isn’t For You If You Need A Whole Lot Of Explanations
Noted Cast
Thom Henry Douthwaite
Greta Madeline Knight

Plot Summary

In a very distant future, in which some of the things we saw in Mass Effect look real, Thom and his crew just finished an assignment in record time. Leading to hopes that they’ll even get a bonus. However, after going to sleep, before a light year jump, it is discovered they are nearly on the other side of the galaxy. Leading to a familiar face for Thom, a woman named Greta, being a welcomed but questionable sight.


The Animation Is On The Level of E3 Presentations

After taking a break from the anthology, I feel reminded why the binge watch sell of Netflix doesn’t work for everything. For Love, Death & Robots, it makes one of its biggest selling points, the animation, lose the wow factor after you see several with AAA video game level graphics. Yet, one of the things I found interesting, and excuse me if this sounds pervy, was that Greta wasn’t made to be perfect at all angles. What I mean by this is, there are sex scenes, and when laying on her side, gravity does its thing. Which pushes the idea Greta isn’t half-nude just for the sake of being so, to tantalize, but thought was put in to show she was supposed to be a real woman. Not just someone Thom was messing around with.

On The Fence

It Leaves You With Far Too Many Questions

Thom (Henry Douthwaite) asking what happened?
Thom (Henry Douthwaite): What happened?

Shorts sometimes are like extended trailers. Hence why many end up becoming full-length films, once they get investments. However, the problem with that is those full-length films don’t come for years. So being left with all the questions we are about Greta and where Thom’s crew ended up, that was frustrating.

Overall: Positive (Worth Seeing) | Available on Netflix

Like a handful of others in the anthology, you are left a bit upset by not getting to learn more. Which, for Beyond the Aquila Rift is a good thing since it drives your curiosity and pushes you to want to have Netflix finance follow-ups, expansions, or more within the short’s universe. Leading to the positive label which is given for creating said interest.

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