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Bay Area Skies Look Scarier Than ‘Blade Runner 2049’


Photo by Dan Gentile


This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows a scene from “Blade Runner 2049”. (Warner Bros. Photos via AP)Warner Bros. Pictures/Associated Press

With a blanket of adobe orange smoke hovering over the Bay Area, San Francisco currently looks like a dystopian nightmare. Sci-fi fans might notice that it has some eerie parallels to one specific dystopia, the 2017 film “Blade Runner 2049.”

The highly anticipated sequel to the ’80s sci-fi cult classic starred Ryan Gosling as a blade runner, the term for a police officer who tracks down and “removes” androids gone rogue. The skies of futuristic California are a Martian orange, adding to the film’s tense atmosphere. Smoke from today’s wildfires coming from all over California and even as far away as Oregon has San Francisco looking like it could audition as a filming location for another sequel.

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Therefore, if you’re in the Bay Area right now, you might feel less than human, confused about the time of day, and maybe a little more likely to waste time on the internet while ” working from home”. Obviously, you’re not alone, as many have taken to Twitter to compare the screenshots from the film to those of present-day San Francisco. And believe it or not, according to the side-by-side comparisons, 2049 doesn’t look so bad.




Dan Gentile is SFGATE’s cultural editor. Email: [email protected] | Twitter: @Dannosphere

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