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Blade Runner Black Out 2022 is a neo-noir cyberpunk anime short film prequel directed by Shinichirō Watanabe, debuting on September 27, 2017, serving as a prequel to Blade Runner 2049.

Plot[edit | edit source]

"While the Replicant NEXUS 6 expired in inventory, TYRELL CORP. pushed the series 8 into the local and Off-world market.
The NEXUS series 8 were purpose-built with a natural lifespan.
Soon the human supremacy movements began.
These angry masses used the
Replicant Registration database to identify and kill Replicants."[src]

Human supremacy movement

In May 2022, the Tyrell Corporation has developed a new Nexus-8 line of replicants, who now possess lifespans equivalent to that of a regular human. This causes a massive backlash among the human populace. Establishing the human supremacy movement, they begin hunting down and killing replicants.

Iggy saves Trixie from a group of thugs

One of these replicants, Trixie, is attacked by a group of thugs but is rescued by Iggy.

Gaff and another police officer

At the LAPD headquarters, Gaff and another officer are watching the file of the replicants who escaped Calantha and reluctantly accept the job to hunt them down.

Ren is launching the nuclear missile

Two weeks prior, Trixie befriended Ren Dus, a human who is a technician at the Tyrell Corporation in charge of launching nuclear missiles. Iggy hatches a plan with Trixie to destroy the Tyrell Corporation's database of registered replicants, so that replicants can no longer be hunted. Iggy reveals to her that he used to be a soldier but deserted when he realized the enemy soldiers he had been fighting and killing were also replicants.

Ren redirects a test missile to detonate over Los Angeles, blacking out the city and wiping out all electronic data. At the same time, Ren and Iggy hijack a fuel truck to physically destroy the Tyrell Corporation's servers. The operation is a success, with the servers destroyed and power to Los Angeles disabled. However, Trixie is killed by security forces in the process. Iggy manages to escape and removes his right eye, the only thing that can identify him as a replicant.

"The Blackout, which led to the prohibition of Replicant production, sealed the fate of the TYRELL CORPORATION.
It took over a decade for THE WALLACE CORP. to win approval to manufacture a new breed of
Replicants."[src]

Cast[edit | edit source]

Additional voices[edit | edit source]

Additionally, Dave Bautista's likeness appears in a database entry for Sapper Morton.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • When Iggy and Trixie are attacking the Tyrell Corporation, the security officers had helmets similar to those of the Rebel Alliance from Star Wars: A New Hope.
  • When the nuclear missile explodes over the Los Angeles you can see the Pan Am logo.
  • The scene with Gaff is almost an exact visual recreation of a deleted scene from the Blade Runner 1982 film.
  • Shinichirō Watanabe would go on to work as creative producer on the upcoming Blade Runner animated series, Blade Runner: Black Lotus.

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