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The 3 Best Episodes of Netflix's Incredible 'Love, Death, & Robots' Season 2

If you want to skip right to the good parts, here they are.

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Love, Death, & Robots, Netflix’s Heavy Metal-inspired adult animation anthology series, is back for a second season, and this outing, while shorter than Season 1 (Season 2 only has eight episodes in total, but don’t worry, there will be a Season 3), is still packed with daring, original storytelling and a motley collection of vastly different animation styles. A feast for the senses! Being an anthology show, every episode has a chance to be a hit or a miss, and Season 2 does have a number of episodes that stand apart from the rest. Here are our three favorites, for those of you looking to dip a toe into the show. 

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Ice

Episode 2
Written by sci-fi author Rich Larson, “Ice” is set on a desolate freezing planet, whose populace have been genetically augmented to withstand the forbidding weather. Sedgewick, the young brother of Fletcher, one such “modded” individual, is an “extro,” someone whose body hasn’t been tampered with. Nevertheless, he tags along when his brother and his friends go out on the ice one night to see the giant glowing whales that crack through the ice on the surface of the ocean to breathe. The key is to run fast enough that the ice doesn’t crack underneath your feet and drag you under-something that’s tough to do if you’re an extro. Beautifully animated in a bold, angular style and monochromatic palette, “Ice” is one of the show’s most memorable episodes. 

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The Tall Grass

Episode 5
A man whose character design was clearly inspired by the looks of H.P. Lovecraft is traveling by cross-country rail when his train suddenly stops in the middle of a seemingly endless field of tall grass. When he steps out to see what’s wrong, the conductor tells him the stop is routine, just an engine malfunction, but don’t stray too far from the train while we wait. The man, however, sees glowing lights hidden out in the grass, and heads over to investigate-a deadly mistake. Animated in a painterly 2D-inspired 3D (think The Mitchells vs. the Machines, or Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), “The Tall Grass” is a carefully crafted creepshow with a bite. 

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All Through the House

Episode 6
The holiday setting and stop-motion-inspired animation style of this short immediately put one in mind of those classic 1970s Rankin/Bass Christmas specials, and that’s about where the similarities end. On Christmas Eve, two young children stay up late in order to catch Santa Claus in the act, and when they tiptoe downstairs to see what’s making all the noise by the Christmas tree, some
thing has indeed taken the milk and cookie bait. Something out of John Carpenter’s nightmares, with more than Santa Claus’s allotted number of tentacles. The episode is both hilarious and delightfully gross, reminding us all that it’s important around the holidays to be good… or else. 

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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

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Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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