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As you’d expect, a city like Las Vegas, home to all kinds of wild imagery, strange architecture, and insane statues, is a gift to a filmmaker like Villeneuve. The compositions on display here are breathtaking and bizarre. Will the movie explain what happened here or will it just assume that it never has to be said because the characters themselves already know? I think I’d prefer the latter.

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And here’s where Deckard has been hiding out: an old hotel that, while dirty and dusty, seems to be doing a perfectly fine job of not crumbling.

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Deckard apparently doesn’t want to be found. Men seeking company from others do not install tripwires in their hallways. Thankfully, Officer K’s training allows him to step right over the trap.

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And here’s Deckard himself. As seen in the first trailer, he’s given up on that badass coat he wore throughout the original movie (Gosling seems to own the fashion choices in this film) and has gone full slob. Will he wear anything other than a gray t-shirt in this movie? And did Harrison Ford bring his own shirt to set and insist on wearing it because he was grumpy and didn’t want to bother with a futuristic costume? I hope so.

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Look, I’m not going to get over seeing the flying cars (otherwise known as “spinners”) outside of Los Angeles. While the awful original ending of Blade Runner, discarded in all of Scott’s later edits, sees Ford flying his vehicle outside of L.A., this seems to be our first proper canonical look at a spinner operating away from an urban environment.

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Nothing to add here beyond “This image is the Blade Runner aesthetic in a nutshell: flying cars and and cool coats and neon.” I wish they could bottle this screenshot so I could rub it on my skin every single day.

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We now know this much: at some point, Deckard puts on a jacket. Oh, and he received a tough-looking head wound. Oh, and he finds himself at some kind of building far enough away from Los Angeles that it’s snowing. Could this be wear the spinner was flying a few images ago?

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The first Blade Runner conceived its future during the early ’80s, and Blade Runner 2049 is taking that aesthetic and running with it. This may take place decades from now, the fashions on display are very much an extension on what looked kind of cool in 1982. It’s a wonderful choice that allows this film to instantly feel at one with the first movie. And unless my eyes deceive me, that’s The Martian star MacKenzie Davis rocking that outfit.

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What’s this? Numbers carved into a rock? 6, 10, 21? Or is that 6/10/21? If it’s a date, that’s about two years after the events of the first movie. I’m just spitballing here, but maybe we’re looking at a grave. Specifically, maybe we’re looking at the grave of Rachael, Sean Young’s replicant character from the first movie.

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Here’s Dutch actress Sylvia Hoeks. We don’t know much about her character…except that she appears to work for Jared Leto and may be the lead muscle of the film, the character who shows up to give Officer K a really hard time. Could she also be a replicant? After all, why have a human henchperson when you could have a robotic one?

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Anyway, here’s Officer K opening fire in the middle of the rain…

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And here’s Hoeks returning fire from inside her car. What is Officer K trying to accomplish here? What is she protecting? Another shot in the trailer may give us a hint…

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While the visual effects in the original Blade Runner remain spectacular today, modern tech allows for shots like this, where the spinners are able to do everything we’ve always wanted flying cars to do in science fiction movies.

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“They know you’re here.” It’s still not clear why Officer K needs to track down Deckard, but he does bring hell down on the former blade runner’s isolated existence. Whether the attackers are here to capture or kill Deckard or Officer K remains unknown.

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However, two things are made clear very quickly. First of all, the men who follow Officer K to Deckard’s hotel are clearly replicants, as they can smash through thick stone walls with ease. But more importantly, it looks like lonely ‘ol Deckard has a little doggie buddy! Aww.

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And then they make things personal: they blow up Deckard’s car. Big mistake.

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