4th October 2017
Prepare to be blown away by Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 set to hit our cinema screens later this week (Oct 6). Set in a dystopian Los Angeles in 2019 it looks to be as deep and beautiful as 1982’s Blade Runner.
The original film was a key inspiration behind our latest game Poppa Plock’s Wonky Workshop, our own take on a Blade Runner Escape Room if you will – so we felt compelled to cover the upcoming film, but also revisit the role of Blade Runner in the concept of our latest escape room.
This not so distant future continues the pursuit for replicating human life, and the pissed off replicants manufactured by the Tyrell Corporation.
The story is based on the 1968 novel ‘Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep’ by Philip K. Dick, in which a free replicant is given to every adult migrating from Earth to one of the off-world colonies. This is to encourage people to leave Earth, in order to purify the species – standard. Tyrell were also responsible for the events of the first film in which Deckard (played by Harrison Ford) was on the hunt for the infamous Nexus 6 replicants led by Roy (played by Rutger Hauer), and the ‘basic pleasure model’ Pris Stratton (played by Daryl Hannah). Hannah was given free rein to come up with her own costume and look for the character, and out came that beguiling street-punk styled doll.
The creator of these replicants was the friendly J. F. Sebastian, a gifted genetic designer who works closely with Tyrell. Sebastian’s apartment is rich with toys he has given life to, including a teddy bear and a clumsy toy soldier.
Dave Bautista (The big grey Guardians of the Galaxy guy) seems to play a scientist role, carrying on Sebastian’s work in Bladerunner 2049. This time around, it is the duty of Officer K (played by Ryan Gosling) to hunt down replicants in his bad boy trench coat. But not without ol’ Deckard tagging along. After all, he was the one who took on that crazy Roy back in the day when he demanded more life from his maker, for Roy had done “questionable things”.
From Blade Runner 2049 – the film inspired by a film, inspired by a novel to the world of Sebastian Plock – the Blade Runner escape room inspired by a film, inspired by a novel.
The story of Poppa Plock plays on a ‘great grandfather’ figure to J.F. Sebastian, controversially using the powers of ‘Nexus 1’ to create his ambitious and slightly demented new project, Roy ‘The greatest toy to walk the Earth’.
This immersive theatre style experience takes place in the first half of the 20th Century, exploring the workshop of the reclusive toymaker and his obsession for creating life with early replicants of his own.
The BladeRunner style escape room story unravels secrets that challenge players as they attempt to complete Plock’s penultimate creation, aided by a ventriloquist dummy named Okikokyo, and a wind up toy soldier named Wynne, who lacks a certain something to be in full working order.
As with the Blade Runner film, the quest for human replication takes a twisted turn, and players in the escape room are thrown into a decision over what is right, and what is oh so wrong when it comes to making Roy. Will he do, as the Hauer’s’s Roy admits, ‘questionable things’?
The players certainly will.
Fans of Blade Runner will find many more Easter eggs in the clues that lead participants deeper into the mystery of old man Sebastian and his unhealthy obsession for dolls.
This hour long Blade Runner style escape room challenge is set in the past and takes place in London Islington, not too far from the cinemas about to release the future. Take a dive into our calendar to book your game and you could play before you head to the cinema. Now, that’s Blade Runner immersion for you.
Blade Runner 2049 gives us a not so distant glimpse into a world where humans and replicants collide once more. It looks like it throws up a few more questions about who is real and who is replicant.
Some believe that Deckard is a replicant in the original film. Will it be Gosling this time? Is Roy really the greatest toy? Ooooh, the plot thickens.
After delving through these realms of alternate possibilities we are still left with the original question. Do androids dream of electric sheep?
I’m not sure. Let me check…
“Alexa. Do androids dream of electric sheep?”
“…SORRY. I DON’T KNOW THA…”
Hmm, that actually worked.
Hope we didn’t piss her off.
Blade Runner 2049 is in cinemas from Friday 6th October. Check out the trailer here:
Of course the original Blade Runner has been available for ages. If you’ve not seen it yet. Quick march.