Edgerunners - Cyberpunk 2077 - Netflix (animated)


weaver of the unseen
Aug 21, 2007

Man, I could not believe when the Edgerunners dropped at end of the last week, about the travel it would take in the CD Projeck Red's own piece of genre history. All giving a nod to Mike Pondsmith stories, as in featuring his world in the Cyberpunk universe.

The series is a small, but it is a straight running one that is especially dear for the gamer culture. But on it's own, it's a cyberpunk story that the publishers always told us to be the dead one. It is not the best one, but it is a good one. Thing is, Netflix can give a room for the series to grow bigger, as this one is a mine one that you can straight out binge in one evening. What I'd love to see is for the Netflix to give them the same room as the Love, Death and Robots has, just because the following will be the same.

It would allow Ponsmith himself and other authors to feature their Cyberpunk stories in Pondsmith world, er, universe. It is bigger than you get from the series. One thing though, the urban sprawl feels tiny in both the game and in the series and it surprised me how little the normal people were in it.

The thing that might throw people off in this series is the locations, because for the non-gamers have no idea about the depth or the history that currently limited CP2077. As dark urban fantasy story the EdgeRunners needed more depth and there is a pacing error in the latter half, as David jumps too much from a StreetKid to being a top runner in the NightCity.

As a fast short story it kind of worked, but again David's depth is reflected through the other runners and personally he doesn't grow, but instead he stays the same, while his chrome gets better. What I loved is that he reached his limit and then he had to go one more, instead of stepping back and getting the character growth that he needs.

Then again, it is suggested that a lot of Cyberpunk stories features this fast running, no depth type situations at the edge of what a human can take. I get the "one-up stories," but they are the most interesting ones. Instead, there are more depth that both the game and the series needs to be super successful.

Jhonny's story that you hear in the title is a big part of the Pondsmith's world, and it's history. For this to work more than as Netflix limited series it needs Silverhand kind of depth or the outsiders will drop out far sooner than the gamers. Simply because they don't the references ... or am I wrong, chooms?

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