– by Joseph Jammer Medina

While Blade Runner may not have been received well when it was first released back in the 1980s, but in the time since then, film and sci-fi fans have grown to appreciate its meditative nature, as well as the questions it asks. One question the film asks is “what does it mean to be human?” It’s this question that has helped this film stand the test of time, and with the impending sequel, Blade Runner 2049, you can bet that they’ll continue asking that very question.

Though while this is the same world that will continue to ask these smart sci-fi questions, thirty years have passed, and with it, there are bound to have been a lot of changes in this world in the time since then that affect how that question is brought to the table. In order to bridge the gap between 2019 (when the first movie takes place) and 2049, the studio will be releasing three short films, the first of which just hit Collider.

Here’s a little bit of background. According to Warner Bros., in 2023, the government enacted the prohibition of replicant production. This was done due to a massive EMP detonation on the West Coast, and they blame replicants for it happening. More than ten years later, in 2036, one man is looking to undo the prohibition.

Okay, now that that big of backstory is out of the way, here’s what the first film is about:

“The short film ‘Nexus: 2036’ takes place in the year 2036 and revolves around Jared Leto’s character, Niander Wallace. In this short, directed by Luke Scott (Morgan), Wallace introduces a new line of ‘perfected’ replicants called the Nexus 9, seeking to get the prohibition on replicants repealed. This no doubt has serious ramifications that will be crucial to the plot of Blade Runner 2049.”

Unlike other replicants, the ones produced by Leto seem guaranteed to remain obedient and loyal to humans. Interesting stuff. We can’t wait to see if and how this becomes important down the line!

What did you think of this short? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters on October 6, 2017.

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SOURCE: Collider

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.