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2 reasons you should watch Netflix's new sci-fi anthology: space Marines and GWOT werewolves
Netflix's new science fiction animated series, Love, Death & Robots, wasn't at the top of my list of military shows to check out when it premiered on March 15. But after watching most of the series' 18 episodes, I feel like it belongs on there now. Why? Because it has superstitious space Marines, and MARPAT-wearing werewolves in Afghanistan.
Let me explain.
The anthology is a collection of sci-fi shorts similar to The Animatrix, or Black Mirror, with a mostly dark tone, but depending on which episode you watch, there's a healthy dose of humor tossed in (like the eight-minute short that shows all the different ways Adolf Hitler dies in alternate realities.) The two standouts, for me at least, were Shape-Shifters, and Lucky 13.
Set in an alternate reality, Shape-Shifters follows two Marines deployed to Afghanistan. They patrol arid roads searching for IEDs with their feet, take shit from SNCOs at the chow hall, and question why the hell they're even out in the desert in the first place. But these jarheads are different from their peers in one key way: They're werewolves.
Shape-shiftersLove, Death & Robots/Netflix
They're not particularly welcome by their fellow Marines, who pejoratively call them "dog soldiers," "animals," and "unnatural," even as the humans rely on them to sniff out bombs and spot enemies. However, as the main character points out: "I can stalk my prey by scent alone. I can run for miles while you need to ride in a stinking Humvee all day. I can see clearly on a moonless night while you cling to your flashlight as soon as the sun goes down. You ask me, there's not much natural in that."
Unfortunately for these literal devil dogs, they're not the only predators roaming the desert. You guessed it: the Taliban has werewolves, too.
In Lucky 13, we follow Lt. Colby, a rookie pilot in some futuristic space-faring Marine Corps who gets assigned to fly a dropship with the ominous name Lucky 13, and the equally dubious serial number 13-02313, which not only "started and ended in 13, but adds up to 13," Colby remarks at the episode's start.
Lucky 13Love, Death & Robots/Netflix
For it's part, Lucky 13 lives up to the superstitious hype: Its last two crews died, while the ship remained intact, a miraculous (or sinister) feat, depending on which way you look at it. Whether or not Lucky 13's unlucky streak will hold is something you'll just have to find out by watching.
The two shorts — and they are very short, 15 or 16 minutes apiece — have a distinctly military vibe, and nail enough of the in-the-know details and major visual elements that they both feel somewhat believable, or as believable as stories about possessed-spaceships and lycanthrope Marines can be.
Lucky 13Love, Death & Robots/Netflix
The series as a whole is a great distraction if you've got a few minutes free on your lunch break, and I'd certainly recommend it if you want to see a bunch of wolf-men go to war, or watch space Marines duke it out on alien worlds as dropships and fighters clobber each other in the sky above.
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The pedestrian killed Friday night after being struck by a car in northern Beaufort County had stopped to help someone who was involved in an earlier crash, local officials said Monday.
The pedestrian has been identified as Erin Rachel Lilleyfogle, 23, Beaufort County deputy coroner David Ott said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
He said Lilleyfogle, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was a corporal at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.
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"I am ashamed for the first time in my career," one unnamed special operator told Fox News Jennifer Griffin.
In a Twitter thread that went viral, Griffin wrote the soldier told her the Kurds were continuing to support the United States by guarding tens of thousands of ISIS prisoners even though Turkey had nullified an arrangement under which U.S. and Turkish troops were conducting joint patrols in northeastern Syria to allow the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, to withdraw.
"The Kurds are sticking by us," the soldier told Griffin. "No other partner I have ever dealt with would stand by us."
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Turkey's incursion has led to "the release of many dangerous ISIS detainees," Esper said in a statement on Monday.
Video footage of a purported "bombing of Kurd civilians" by Turkish military forces shown on ABC News appeared to be a nighttime firing of tracer rounds at a Kentucky gun range.