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Recap / Love, Death & Robots: "Ice Age"

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"There's a lost civilization in our refrigerator."

A young couple moves into an old apartment and finds a tiny, thriving civilization in their antique freezer. Based on the short story of the same name by Michael Swanwick.

The only episode that utilizes a live-action set, it stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Gail and Topher Grace as Rob.


  • Artistic License – Paleontology: When the whole history of the freezer civilization starts again, apes, probably australopithecines, are shown alongside some dinosaurs, despite in reality evolving millions of years after the exitinction of all non-avian-dinosaurs. Lampshaded by Gail, who objects to prehistoric mammoths appearing long after they should.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: The micro-people do this at the end of their civilization.
  • Dull Surprise: Gail and Rob are surprisingly blase about discovering a miniature civilization in an old fridge, a discovery that would have most questioning the entirety of existence.
    Rob: Huh!
    Gail: Yeah.
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  • God Guise: Subverted for laughs. When the couple wonder if the beings in the fridge consider them to be gods, it cuts to a couple of construction workers on the inside complaining about them staring with no reverence whatsoever.
  • Here We Go Again!: After the entire civilization vanishes in a flash of light, either having teleported away or evolved into energy, the couple leaves the fridge unplugged for the night. When they check on it the next morning, the ice has melted and early homonids have evolved, hinting the whole thing is going to play out again.
  • It Came from the Fridge: A whole civilization develops in the fridge.
  • The Singularity: The fridge civilization experiences this, eventually turning into Energy Beings and coalescing into a literal singularity that vanishes.
  • Something Completely Different: The only short that has a (single) set and actors in it.
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  • They Don't Make Them Like They Used To: Rob talks about how the old freezer's design, with the engine on top, is actually a lot more efficient than modern designs with the engine at the bottom.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: Time inside the fridge moves centuries for every few minutes on the outside.


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