The Mandate: Episode 12: Becoming More Human Than Human with BLADE RUNNER 2049


FINALLY! I got to use a White Zombie pun! That’s right folks, we’re back with another episode The Mandate, and the combo-breaker to my Stephen King streak, with the highly anticipated sequel to the 1982 neo-noir classic, Blade Runner, simply titled Blade Runner 2049. The other half of my cinematic experience is Tommy “Rabid” Tunaitis, who is the owner and head tattooer at Agaru Tattoo in Wilmington, DE. Tommy has become one of my favorite people to talk to about all things nerd and is amongst the many that hold the original Blade Runner in very high regard. I had previously tried to get him on The Mandate for an episode on the film Life with Jake Gellynhaal and Ryan Reynolds, but the battery ran out on the recorder midway through the post screening portion of the episode. Needless to say it was nice to get him back, properly, on the show. Before the screening we had different feelings on the original film and, unsurprisingly, we had a lot of different feelings on how we felt about its sequel once we left the theater. This is one of the longer discussions on The Mandate so far but with a film as highly respected as the original, it’s long awaited sequel was going to garner a lot of conversation. Plus this film is pretty massive and there was a lot to take in.

Thanks for the patience in the length between episodes. Keep listening and sharing because sharing is caring….and I because I don’t want to have to “retire” you too!


***Note: Since I’m an actual idiot, you will hear me mention within the episode about Ridley Scott directing this film. That is not the case, Denis Villenueve (Arrival) directed this film. The critique in comparisons to what Ridley Scott has been doing recently and how this film is shot still stands though. I was just off in some of my information***

John Wren

I am John Wren; a Delco original, and thanks to a cartoon Chihuahua (surprisingly, not the small bird), most know me only by my last name. Although people think I it’s due to self-hatred, I do actually enjoy running in ridiculous races up and down mountains and have recently ventured into the world of triathlons. I used to sing for the Jersey based metalcore band Bottomfeeder ( but am now bandless. I’m the worst Buddhist known to man and if I’m given the opportunity, I will ramble on about anything and everything at great lengths, with lots of profanity. I’ve read every Stephen King book, my favorite band of all time is White Zombie, and I will need to take a week of bereavement the day Bruce Campbell dies.

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