September 29 2017

Blade Runner 2049 shorts bridge the 30 year gap

With just a week to go until Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters, Warner Brothers has released the final prequel short that will tie together the two films.

The original Blade Runner took place in 2019, and with the sequel taking place 30 years later, there was some information that the audience could use. If you don’t watch these, you’ll probably be fine. If you do view them, they will just enhance what you see in the film.

I will admit, I’ve been beyond skeptical about this film, but with the advance social chatter being overwhelmingly positive, perhaps it will actually be a worthy follow-up to one of the best sci-fi films of the 1980s. And these shorts? They also helped. I’m thinking now I may indeed need to see this.

These shorts take place in 2022, 2036, and 2048. I’ve put them in chronological order below.

In 2022, an EMP detonation has caused a global blackout that has massive, destructive implications all over the world. Directed by Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo’s Shinichiro Watanabe, Blade Runner Black Out 2022 is a new and highly-anticipated animated short which serves as a prologue for the upcoming feature film Blade Runner 2049.

Welcome to 2036. Niander Wallace introduces his new line of replicants.

Journey into the world 2049 with a replicant on the run. Dave Bautista is Sapper Morton.

Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters on Oct. 6.

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