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S2 E4 - Blade Runner

S2 E4 Outro

Hello survivors! Welcome back!

Picking up steam in Season 2 now. How do you like our new characters?

I like the Mags character. I hadn’t pre-planned to write her this way but she just naturally turned into a strong person. The kind of person you need in the Apocalypse.

I did have several people threaten to unfriend me over at the Facebook group after episode 3. Have patience. And, if you need to yell at me you can join us at the after the apocalypse Facebook group.

By the way, you can skip these outro conversations at the end of the show. Just fast forward when you hear the music after Robert’s narrative.

“Fast-Forward” is something we used to do when we had plastic boxes with metal oxide tape wound mechanically around a spool. There was a button to make the spool spin double-quick so you could skip ahead to the next blotch of metal oxide that you wanted to listen too.

I wonder what the best storage and playback device would be for the apocalypse? Maybe we’ll go back to stone stellae – not much storage space and hard to throw into your bag but they last a few thousand years…

And, if you want to hire Robert for something, I don’t know, maybe to record the message on your voicemail, you can find him at Command Voices.

Wouldn’t that be great? “Welcome to the Apocalypse, We’re tied up surviving at the moment. Please leave a message. We’ll get back to you, if we survive…”

Our tribe is growing nicely. We are at 28XXX downloads and running between 100-400 per day.

It’s an interesting pattern if you look at it. Podcasts, especially evergreen podcasts, aren’t 100% like traditional media.

It’s a pull distribution model, not a push.

You do see a spike of downloads after a new episode is released, but it’s more of a curve. Depending on how people are listening, their app might automatically grab the new episode in the background, or when they open the app. And you see those downloads happen on the first couple days after release.

Not all at once, but across that first week after the release is about 500 discrete downloads. What that tells you, I think, is that there are 500 people subscribed who download the new shows when they are released.

But the interesting thing is that across all shows during that same period there are over 2,500 downloads. And, I think, that means there are another 2,000 people working their way through the existing shows to catch up.

You would think that those 2,000 would catch up with us quickly given the short episodes.

I realize at this point that I have no point, and I’m blathering, but I just found it interesting.

Thank you to those of you who have subscribed in your apps. And thank you for sharing with you friends, enemies and total strangers.

It looks like it’s working.

Keep it up!

Just drop the link into Facebook, twitter, whatever. We are word of mouth so keep making words with you mouths in the direction of other people.

Also thanks to new Patreon member Corby who threw me a couple bucks. I appreciate the help.

I watched the Final Cut of Blade Runner on Netflix. The Final Cut is different than the Original theatrical release and also different than the director’s cut. There are, according to Wikipedia 7 cuts of this 1982 Ridley Scott Classic.

Blade Runner is set in, if not an apocalyptic, at least a dystopian future.

People who care about such things say the Final Cut is the best version.

It is a beautiful film in any version. The atmosphere that Scott’s direction creates is so dark and amazing. You’ve got Rutger Hauer, Harrison Ford, and a young Darryl Hannah.

So – what’s different? In the final cut you get some extra gore in the violence scenes – which didn’t work in 1982 but it’s fine now.

They also remove the narration. In the theatrical release they had Harrison Ford narrate, like a film noir narration, because they didn’t think audiences would be able to figure out what was going on. Removing this helps to focus the beauty of the direction.

The final cut also has the insertion of the full-lengthunicorn dream sequence. More on that in a minute.

Lastly the final cut removes the ‘happy ending’ that was pushed into the studio release. It’s that scene at the end, (duh), where the Edward James Olmoscharacter let’s them go and says "It's too bad she won't live. But then again who does?"

The unicorn scene kerfuffle is because fans think that when Deckard dreams about the unicorn it shows that he is a replicant. It seems like Ridley Scott wanted the film to suggest that Deckard was a replicant not a human.

Well, that’s all well and good, but when they asked Phillip K. Dick about it he said Deckard clearly wasn’t a replicant and thus we get a fanboy kerfuffle on the interwebs.

And speaking of Phillip K Dick, if you haven’t read his stories you need to. He wrote smart science fiction that explored religious and philosophical themes. He wrote 44 novels and about 121 short stories, most of which appeared in science fiction magazines during his lifetime.

And even if you think you don’t know his stuff, you do, because Hollywood loves Phillip K Dick stories. Blade Runner is from a Dick story “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”. But you’ll also recognize “Total Recall”, “the Adjustment Bureau”, “the Man in the High Castle” and “Ubik”, among others.

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