The opening scroll says that replicants were outlawed, but Wallace created a new line that always obeys, so they were allowed to exist again. But we see that they do NOT obey--both Luv and K demonstrate that they can lie to humans, as well as kill them. Did the government just take it on faith that Wallace's new line of replicants would always obey? I saw that short, Nexus Dawn, but maybe I was missing something because it didn't really clear things up for me. Did the government just decide to let Wallace have his way, since he was already so powerful?

Why did the government decide to allow Nexus 9s to go into production, and even allow them to live on earth and be Blade Runners? What special piece of technology convinced humans that the Nexus 9s would be perfect and always obey? Why was it so easy for Luv and K to disobey if the Nexus 9s were built to avoid that?

  • That's a lot of questions for a question. Good question though.
    – void_ptr
    Jan 30, 2018 at 19:31

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Humanity needs replicants; replicants obey their owners.

They are the cheap (or even slave) labour - something really necessary in the collapsing ecosystem; they are also better soldiers than humans and any governments wants to have better soldiers - especially such cheaply made.

Replicants as a force never were threatening the government, only the public pressure caused by the Nexus-6 rebellion forced the "replicant prohibition", but as soon as Wallace was able to show, that Nexus-9 is obedient by making the replicant to cut his own throat, they've jumped at the opportunity to reintroduce them to the economy. Of course now everybody is bit more cautious - the problematic Void-Kampf test has been made obsolete by simply marking all models and the "baseline test" constantly checks for any issues within working models.

Now, the example of K, Luv or the rebel group (although we don't know are they the new Nexus-9 or the old, hiding models) shows that the obedience is not perfect - in time they can start going rogue. But if you look at K, you will notice how meek he actually is - he is not a rebel bringing torch to the system, not another Roy Batty that wants to kill his creator (the scene when Roy descends in elevator the comic novelization described as "That's how Lucifer must felt when he defied God") - instead he just wants to find the truth about himself. Also (someone correct me) K never directly disobeyed his supervisor's orders - his boss gave him 48hrs before they will chase him.

Luv seems initially as a bit of exception, since she is a cold blooded killer, but please notice that she is still obedient, but to Wallace and only to him! She is not killing from hate of "human oppressors" but because those humans are in her master's way. It is not hard to imagine, that as a right hand of Wallace (and probably his bodyguard) she would be less restricted to killing. She is thinking as soldier (or to a degree - a policeman)in category "us and them" and she is obedient in following orders.

In other words - replicants are "safe to use" just like i.e. cars or heavy machinery is safe - occasional accidents might happen but we do need them, so we still use them while minimizing the risks.

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    The OP might be assuming a three-laws scenario, which protect all humans. As you point out, it makes much more sense in this context for a replicant to obey only its owner, and if they are to be used as soldiers then obviously they can't be designed to be unable to kill. Jan 30, 2018 at 20:28
  • Thanks for your answer! I do see that the replicant killing itself in Nexus Dawn was somewhat convincing, but I guess it wouldn't be that convincing for me, given the events of the first movie. I'd need something more, is I guess what I'm saying. And Luv's comment to Joshi, that she would tell Wallace that Joshi pulled a gun on her, indicates to me that she is willing to lie to Wallace. Whyyyy? K may not have been a crazy killer like Roy Batty, but he didn't obey. He ran--just what he claimed his model could not do at the beginning of the movie.
    – cond0148
    Jan 30, 2018 at 20:38
  • @cond0148 Luv was lying to Joshi, not to Wallace - it was probably a bluff. Also it is the case of "boss needs to know the results, not the methods" - she was fully dedicated to finish the task given by Wallace. K was never told directly not to run, but as the rebel group (and presence of Blade Runner units) dictates, the obedience is not absolutely perfect, but it is good enough to let so much needed replicants back into society.
    – Yasskier
    Jan 30, 2018 at 21:01
  • From imdb.com's quote page, Wallace: "Every leap of civilization was built on the back of a disposable workforce, but I can only make so many." They were the disposable workforce.
    – Ghotir
    Jan 31, 2018 at 15:28

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