Questions tagged [blade-runner]

For the 1982 film directed by Ridley Scott, based on a novel by Philip K. Dick. To be used in conjunction with the [blade-runner-series] tag. For the 2017 sequel, use the [blade-runner-2049] tag. Use with the [do-androids-dream-of-electric-sheep] tag if your question is about both the movie and the novel it's based on.

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Zhora asks Deckard: “Are you for real?” Was this meant to be significant?

Just saw a video which highlights this line: Was this meant to be significant? To clarify, I am in no way implying that Zhora meant anything other than, "Are you ...
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How did Roy Batty know Deckard's name?

In the 1982 film Blade Runner, a group of six humanoid androids (referred to as "replicants") have violently rebelled against their masters and escaped to Earth in search of a means of prolonging ...
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Which 2019 technologies were correctly predicted by Blade Runner?

We’re finally in 2019, the year in which Blade Runner — Ridley Scott’s iconic 1982 science fiction film — is set. Which technologies that exist in 2019 (at least as prototypes) were ...
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In Do Android Dream of Electric Sheep, why does Deckard need to apply the Voight-Kampf test at all?

I've seen Blade Runner many times but I'm currently reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep for the first time and I find myself wondering something I've never considered before: Why does Deckard ...
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Is there an official reason for the change in spelling of Roy's surname?

In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Roy’s surname is spelt Baty. In Blade Runner the spelling is Batty. I’ve found a lot of sites that simply note the difference, but none of them give a reason ...
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In Blade Runner why is Earth in such decay vs Offworlds that are (apparently) much better?

In Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 some of the primary uses of replicants are for offworld colonies. Any explanation on the situation of Earth vs Offworlds?
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How are the off world colonies reached in Blade Runner?

From references only from the 1982 Blade Runner movie and Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? is there any indication how the science works to reach the "off world colonies"? Especially for colonies ...
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Is true mind reading possible in the Blade Runner stories?

Officer K asks Dr. Ana Stelline if a particular memory of his is real or implanted. Stelline: Now think about the memory you want me to see. Not even that hard. ...
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How did Leon Kowalski escape the Tyrell corporation after his Voigt-Kampff Test?

In the original Blade Runner, a blade runner named Holden administers the Voigt-Kampff test, which is designed to distinguish replicants from humans based on their emotional response to questions. The ...
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Would a human sociopath fail the Voigt-Kampf test?

I've found this fragment from the P.K. Dick's "Do android dream of electric sheeps?" regarding the VK test: Rick said, "A female android." "Now they're up to 4.0 and 6. respectively." "...
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Why are the new replicants in Blade Runner 2049 allowed to exist?

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 ...
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Why did Deckard continue to track alone?

Given Deckard was initially recruited by the police department because they wanted to "keep things quiet", why would he continue to track the remaining replicants alone? Specifically, If it is ...
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Why did Deckard have to terminate the replicants?

I feel like I missed an important point at the beginning of the film. I remember Deckard initially denying the job but when he tries to walk out he says something to the effect of "No choice then, huh?...
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What is the timeline of the creation of the replicants who figure in Blade Runner 2049?

In the original, of course, the replicants lifespan is quite limited. But we meet replicants in the sequel who are (at least) twenty some odd years old, and possibly older. In particular, Presumably,...
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Is being a Blade Runner a full time job?

In the opening text of Blade Runner 2049, we are told that Blade Runners are those who hunt down rogue replicants. Many older model replicants - Nexus 8s with open-ended lifespans - survived. They ...
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Do all Nexus-6 replicants have enhanced strength?

The opening text to Blade Runner says that the Nexus-6 replicants have enhanced strength. The Nexus-6 replicants were superior in strength and agility, and at least equal in intelligence, to the ...
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How does Deckard know whose memories were implanted, and what those memories were?

In the original Blade Runner, Deckard is surprised when he's told that Apparently, the idea of a replicant with memories is new to him. Yet just a short time later, he not only tells her that those ...
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Why would Niander Wallace or Eldon Tyrell want Replicants to do this?

This is from the movie, Blade Runner 2049. Why would Niander Wallace want replicants to reproduce? As a businessman, his goal is to make money by selling replicants. If replicants can reproduce, then ...
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Why would Tyrell allow a dangerous replicant like Roy Batty to visit him?

In Blade Runner, Eldon Tyrell allows an employee to bring a dangerous soldier replicant to Tyrell's personal apartment. Why would he allow that? He knew Roy Batty was a super soldier replicant. Very ...
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Does it matter which version of the original Blade Runner I've watched if I want to watch Blade Runner 2049?

I recently watched the original Blade Runner movie as I wanted to be up-to-date when the Blade Runner 2049 movie came out. However, after watching, I've since learned that there are multiple versions ...
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Why aren't replicants created with some distinctive feature in Blade Runner?

In Blade Runner, they have enough knowledge of genetics to be able to create replicants, life forms nearly identical to humans. They then have trouble identifying them among humans. Why can't (or don'...
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Why would Zhora be in Rachael's childhood photos?

The Tyrell Corporation has gone through a lot of trouble to construct Rachael's background, going so far as to implant real memories from Tyrell's niece. Part of this background are photos from her "...
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Why doesn't Deckard just identify replicants by their glowing eyes?

In the film Blade Runner (1982), Rick Deckard hunts realistic androids called replicants. According to Jordan Cronenweth, Blade Runner's (genius) director of photography, One of the identifying ...
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Are the off-world colonies really a “golden land of opportunity”?

In Blade Runner, there seems to be quite a marketing campaign for emigration to the off-world colonies, e.g., "A new life awaits you in the off-world colonies, a chance to begin again in a ...
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Why (in universe) are blade runners called blade runners?

We all know that a blade runner is a detective who hunts down replicants. There is an interesting out-of-universe story of how that name arose during production of the movie.1 However, is there any ...
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What keeps a replicant from realizing it has superhuman abilities?

Replicants, particularly combat models like Roy Batty, are advertised as having abilities that far surpass regular humans. On top of increased strength and reflexes, some replicants also either don't ...
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What is the real age of Roy Batty in the film?

For example: his hair is grey but, what I get from the whole movie, is that he is actually much younger than he appears to be. Does he have the same sickness as J.F. Sebastian?
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How functional is Deckard's apartment in “Blade Runner”?

After about a thousand viewings of "Blade Runner," combined with material like this, this, and this, I'm still struggling to make sense of some of the things I think I see in Deckard's apartment. ...
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Is Priss' death plausible for normal humans? [closed]

We have no doubts that Priss is a replicant: we see Deckard read her file, then we see her showing off in front of JF Sebastian, and finally the matter of her death: ...
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Are Replicants actually more empathetic?

I know the explanation for the Voight-Kampff test: Replicants lack empathy, which can be detected by their involuntary physiological responses to certain questions/prompts. But in the movie, it ...
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What exactly does an ESPER machine do?

Has there ever been anything (technobabble or otherwise) expanding the fiction of Blade Runner's ESPER machines? Otherwise it just appears to be a magical future 3D photo exploring device.
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Did J.F. Sebastian work from home?

I know he stated that he "does genetic design work for the Tyrell Corporation", but he also has quite the hobbyist operation going on in his home laboratory. I wonder if he physically travels to the ...
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Accelerated decrepitude due to telomere length in Blade Runner?

PREAMBLE: Before there is debate, let me preface this question by stating that I am indeed aware of the question Why do replicants have a short lifespan? However, none of its answers adequately ...
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If this character from Blade Runner is a replicant, why does he feel pain?

I remember the scene where Sebastian asks the replicants to demonstrate something, and then Pris puts her hand into a boiling water to take an egg without feeling pain and at another point Batty ...
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In Blade Runner, what was the Geisha advertising?

There is an omnipresent blimp drifting lazily above the city...an advertisement with a Geisha plays over and over. What is the advertisement? She appears to be popping a pill at one point.
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Why did Rick Deckard change his mind about replicants?

And did he really accept them as "humans"? If so why didn't he quit his job?
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Why does Roy Batty kill Tyrell and J.F. Sebastian?

In Blade Runner, the replicant Roy Batty spends the majority of the movie trying to reach Tyrell, his creator. However, once he meets him and Tyrell tells him that he cannot help him, Batty kills ...
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Why was Philip K Dick so distressed at Ridley Scott's adaptation of 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep'? [duplicate]

I have heard this a couple of times now but I don't know the reasoning behind this. I know that the film adaptation of the novel was released shortly before the authors death. Also, if this is the ...
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How did the Millennium Falcon appear in Blade Runner?

What is the story behind that the fact that the Millennium Falcon actually is in the set of Blade Runner? The producers must've known that the audience would recognize and debate it, and such a thing ...
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Could Gaff have known about the unicorn without Deckard being a Replicant?

Or is that supposed to cinch it? He appears to take the revelation rather calmly, doesn't he?
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Why is it so hard to detect Replicants?

In Blade Runner (1982), Deckard used the Voight-Kampff test to detect Replicants. This complicated test verified if their emotional response was appropriate. But they also displayed superhuman ...
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What is a “Plutition Camp”?

Okay, we're deep blue inside baseball here. In the original Blade Runner script, Batty's valedictory speech goes like this: “I’ve known adventures, seen places you people will never see, I’ve ...
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Why does Roy Batty save Deckard from falling?

At the end of Blade Runner, why does Roy Batty catch Deckard as he is about to fall? I have always assumed that it was perhaps the realization of his own imminent demise that caused his actions. I ...
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Why did they name the movie “Blade Runner”?

I just finished reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and I found it interesting that Deckard was always described as a bounty hunter never as a blade runner or anything similar. What exactly ...
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If Deckard is not who he seems to be, how is it that he is hunting replicants?

How did it come to be that Deckard started hunting replicants?
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What version of Blade Runner should I watch first?

I have the Blade Runner Five-Disc Blu-Ray and it comes with a variety of different versions of the film. I'm not sure which version would be appropriate for my first viewing of the film - Theatrical ...
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Are the owls in Futurama a backwards reference to Blade Runner and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Owls in Futurama are so numerous and plentiful that they are considered a pest. Conversely, the electric owl in Blade Runner represents something beautiful that no longer exists. And in a larger sense,...
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Difference between science fiction/fantasy and futurism according to Philip K. Dick

In this letter from Philip K. Dick to The Ladd Company, he references a Harrison Ford interview where he says that that Blade Runner is not fantasy nor science fiction, but futurism. What's did he ...
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Why do replicants have a short lifespan?

In Blade Runner the replicants have a limited lifespan, which is of course a key part of the film. When Deckard and Bryant are talking, Bryant states the short lifespan was deliberately built in to ...
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What is the drink Deckard has in the bar (Blade Runner)?

In the movie, Deckard is shown to have a drink in a bar. The drink seemed to have worms under the glass. Is there a sci-fi explanation for that drink?