Based on the short story by Marko Kloos, Lucky 13 is about a seemingly cursed spaceship that turns out to be a source of luck for her pilot. As with several previous episodes of Love, Death, and Robots, Lucky 13 adopts a photorealistic approach to the story.
Despite the science fiction setting, the alien worlds and futuristic technology in Lucky 13 all appear to be believable. The military combat and strategies could easily have taken place on earth. This sense of realism enhances the drama.
Lucky 13 manages the difficult task of making the audience feel for a machine without the added benefit of making the ship seem cute or emote like Wall E. The subtle soundtrack and use of montage manage to tell a fuller story in a short amount of time.
Love, Death, and Robots is currently streaming on Netflix.