True. If there is one thing I didn't like about 2049, it's those weird Awakensish homages to the original.£
You all know I love TFA, but one major difference is that TFA's actual plot very much repeats/remixes previous Star Wars movies. Blade Runner 2049s plot and story completely does its own thing. In that way, references are as much a bit of connective tissue between films as fan-service but still mostly in the background.
Although there are a couple "Trash Compactor" like beats I could live without.
Villeneuve did it better than Abrams imo. Also yeah, I could've done without those sounds as well.
Guess the next step is into space? Or perhaps it'll always be completely Earth-bound