Blade Runner: Black Lotus premieres on Adult Swim and Crunchyroll on Nov. 14. Spoiler-free review by Tara Bennett.
Blade Runner: Black Lotus captures the overall vibe and aesthetics established in Ridley Scott’s 1982 film. However, the CG animation is underwhelming in 2021. While Elle is given an intriguing predicament to unpack in the first two episodes, the action isn’t particularly noteworthy. She’s a capable fighter, so here’s hoping that as the show progresses she gains more autonomy and becomes a more well-developed character. The slow-open build to connect the puzzle pieces of Elle’s life has promise, though, and its adult sensibility makes it worth Black Lotus giving it more time to reveal itself.