‘Blade Runner 2049’ is a poignant look at what makes us human

Science fiction stories tend to fall on the more epic side. Typically, a creator imagines a strange new world or future and sets their characters off on sweeping adventures, often with the fate of countless lives on the line. What makes Ridley Scott’s 1982 cult classic “Blade Runner” so special is its more personal, introspective storytelling. In it, humans have created Replicants, androids that mirror us in obvious physiological ways, making the perfect slaves. However, some Replicants begin to rebel against the system, escaping captivity and longing for a life of freedom. Harrison Ford plays Deckard, whose role as a Blade Runner is to hunt down and “retire” rebelling Replicants. On his journey, Deckard learns more about the emotions that Replicants are designed to feel, how their manufactured humanity is not at all unlike the “real” kind. He even falls in love with one named Rachel.

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‘Narcos’ is still magical realism that (almost) never disappoints

“Narcos” season three, episode one, “The Kingpin Strategy,” begins with Agent Javier Pena, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent who’s been through this all before, in an intimate conversation with his father. The older man pleads with his son not to put his life on the line in the name of the drug war again, knowing that he’s already made his decision. “So, Cali . . .” his father says, begrudgingly accepting his son’s choice. The younger Peña nods his agreement,.“Cali,” he says in a grave tone as the screen quickly fades to black.

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