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When Niander Wallace says he has millions of children does he mean there are that many replicants?

That is I think what is meant but that also seems like a very large number, an almost overwhelming number - too many. Could it also be that he is including the AI holograms also? One reason why ...
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K tells the archivist is something like, You must have been adorable -- significance?

When K is visiting the vast record archive (IIRC it is a Wallace facility) the archivist says something about his childhood and K says to this man, certainly not a conventionally handsome person, &...
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Genetics in Blade Runner 2049 [closed]

One of the peculiar bits about Blade Runner 2049 for someone with background in biology, at least from my perspective, is how genetic data and analysis is presented in the film. It seems that many if ...
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After the Voight-Kampff, but before the Baseline test, is there any other way to detect Replicants in 2030s?

As replicants were improved, it's my understanding that the Voight-Kampff test ceased to be an effective tool. We see that by 2049 they are using the Baseline test. Any thoughts (or knowledge) on if ...
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Is Nandez (Wood Harris) a Blade Runner in Blade Runner 2049?

What do we know about Nandez from Blade Runner 2049? He's with K in the police coroner's office scene. Clearly LAPD, but is he a Blade Runner?
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Who are all the known Blade Runners?

In anticipation of the upcoming release of the Blade Runner RPG, I'm becoming as much of a BR completist as I can (books, games, comics, etc). As I go through this, I want to create a list of all ...
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Would not Wallace have understood that K would have valuable information?

It is unclear to me why K was so badly treated by Luv -- she at one point mutters, "Do your fucking job..." while watching him remotely -- surely K could know and in fact does possess ...
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Deckard asks K, Who am I to you? Why indeed does K save, rather than kill, Deckard?

It is hard to understand why K saved Deckard when he had been asked to kill him to prevent Wallace from getting information from him -- in that Ana's memories are also those of K, could it be that K ...
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Luv says "Sorry about that" -- what is she referring to?

When K first meets her in the data repository, when she opens a door, she says, "Sorry about that." No idea why she says that.
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What did Freysa mean about Sapper allowing K to kill him?

This was to keep the secret of the child. But would not killing K have been a good idea? Or did she mean, given that K had won the fight, Sapper forced K to kill him to avoid being taken in and ...
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Did Deckard genuinely not care about the Rachael copy?

Even without knowing that the Rachael copy would be shot if he rejected her, the Replicant that Wallace offered him was plainly programmed to love Deckard -- his rejection is obviously a message to ...
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Was Tyrell lying about not being able to extend the lifespan of his Nexus 6 replicants?

Could Tyrell have been telling the truth and it was a breakthrough that allowed extended lifespans which we see in 2049? If he was lying, is the idea possibly that as replicants aged they became less ...
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Lifespan of Rachael and other Replicants?

Sort of an obvious question: How can the Replicant leader have lived from the birth of the baby until now? Did Wallace start making a new variety of Replicants while Rachael was still alive? I guess ...
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How does Joi know what the wooden horse looks like?

In the scene with the DNA analyzer, she shows K what looks like the wooden horse but K will not fetch the horse until he goes to the scrapyard and finds it in the furnace. Is she able to somehow ...
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Can K feel Joi's touch?

I believe she can actually light his cigarette, probably a function of the same lasers or whatever that project her being focused to cause heat (perhaps this would not work with the portable emanator)....
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Who owns the replicant hookers?

I assume they primarily offer their services to humans but of course we see an exception when the arrangement Joi effected occurs. The "doxies" (as I think they are referred in the script) ...
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Legal rights of replicants?

It appears that replicants can live on Earth and move freely but one needs permission. The hookers (owned by a human "pimp"?) can ply their trade. I guess Sapper Morton was a prohibited ...
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Right before Luv destroyed the mobile emanator she says, "I hope you enjoyed our product" -- addressed to whom?

Until I saw a video discussing Joi's consciousness or lack thereof and the possibility that when Luv was about to crush the emanator that the remark was to Joi about K, I had not considered this. But ...
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Was what Joi did with the hooker a normal function of her system?

At first I thought that this was some creative thing that Joi came up with but now it occurs to me that her synching must be a feature that many people use who own their own Joi -- when they ...
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What is the point of giving K fake memories if he knows they are fake and in general what is the purpose of fake replicant memories?

He tells his boss the story of the wooden horse. I understood that fake memories were given to replicants to help "stabilize" them. But if so, why such a traumatic childhood? And is the ...
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Hooker calls K an "A-Boy" -- what does that term mean?

My best guess, assuming I heard rightly, is "android" but so is she an android although the term is not used at all -- of course the term used throughout is "replicant." The other ...
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"I've been inside you; there's not so much there as you think." [duplicate]

Says the replicant hooker to Joi. There is much to consider but one question is, does a person "inside" a hologram experience anything at all? She could have been being sarcastic -- they ...
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Is Sapper an old model replicant?

When K talks to Sapper Morton, a former cyber-soldier now hiding from the authorities on a protein farm, the following dialogue occurs: Sapper: How does it feel, killing your own kind? K: I don’t ...
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What does the big green eye in Blade Runner 2049 mean?

The big eye in the original film (the opening shot) was a Big Brother thing, according to Ridley Scott. Orwell's 1984. All-seeing and yet invisible. That's why Tyrell's building is a truncated pyramid ...
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What was the population of Los Angeles in "Blade Runner 2049"?

In Blade Runner (set in 2019), Deckard mentioned that Los Angeles had 106 million inhabitants. Was the population of Los Angeles ever mentioned in Blade Runner 2049 and if not, is an estimation ...
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Frank Sinatra in Science Fiction Films: What is significance?

Frank was in Blade Runner 2049 and he also was singing in the 2014 remake of Robocop. Can anyone explain about the meaning of Frank Sinatra that has him shown in sort of similar films (both are about ...
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Is Wallace aware replicants (specifically Luv) can lie?

When Luv confronts Lt. Joshi she says: "...because he told you, because we never lie. I'm going to tell Mr Wallace you tried to shoot me first..." Can we assume that Luv thinks she can lie to ...
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Why does Deckard first ask Joe if he has a piece of cheese?

In Blade Runner 2049, when Deckard first meets Joe/KD6.3-7 the very first thing he says to him is "Mightn't happen to have a piece of cheese about you, now, would you boy"? Any specific reason why he ...
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Does K gather information from the bees?

Other questions have asked about the significance of the bees and only pointed to symbolism but offered nothing as to what the bees symbolize. Or than the director has bees in the future as a nod to ...
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How did K know Deckard was being transported to the airport?

Toward the end of Blade Runner 2049, Officer K decides to attempt to rescue Deckard from Wallace's control. Deckard is being transported to the airport on Wallace's behalf by Luv when K intercepts ...
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Blade Runner 2049: Joi and Replicant tech related?

One thing that is established is that Wallace is involved in not just Replicant manufacture but farming (it may be that synthetic farming uses related technology but that seems unlikely since there is ...
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What do the replicants' eyes imply about the process of their creation?

It was explicit in Blade Runner that the eyes are made separately -- the old technician/scientist that Roy and the other Replicant accost makes eyes. Okay: So they are made separately and put in ...
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Do we know when the Blade Runner's universe splits from our own?

Blade Runner universe is packed with references to our own: cities, advertising, popular singers, political institutions, etc. It's not our universe, since we are living 2018 and we are clearly not ...
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Are there different versions of Blade Runner 2049?

I am watching on HBO and I am pretty sure there is dialog I had not heard before. For example, K tells his boss about finding kid who was placed into a "service job" -- I don't recall this line before....
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Blade Runner 2049: Significance of comment made by hooker to hologram?

I consider scene where the holographic Joi merges with the replicant hooker and its aftermath incredibly deep. Firstly, that this is Joi's idea is kind of amazing. But the sort of apparently nasty ...
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Simulated sex scene with Joi: What was in the hooker's mouth?

Just rewatching the scene and I see the hooker remove a small plastic thing from her mouth. Was that part of the simulation or had she stolen something from K?
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In Blade Runner why is Earth in such decay vs Offworlds that are (apparently) much better? [duplicate]

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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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. Just ...
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How does Joi "see"?

In the Blade Runner, Joi is a hologram controlled by AI - this means that Joi's body is actually located inside the electronic chips in whatever device generates the light - like the projector located ...
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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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In Blade Runner 2049, graffiti on a door reads "____ off Skinner". Any indication that this is a Simpsons reference?

I wonder if anyone has suggested this, some bleed from our world into the fictional world. Why call a "skin job" "Skinner" if not from Principal Skinner in Simpsons?
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Why is the tree tied to the ground?

In Blade Runner 2049, the tree, where Officer obtains the chest of bones, is tied to the ground. Why is the tree tied to the ground?
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Why does Joi's dress change frequently?

In Blade Runner 2049, after Officer K had reached home, he talks to Joi via holograms. We can see her dress changes frequently during the conversation. Why so?
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What "sunrise" is Joshi referring to?

In Blade Runner 2049, K goes to Sapper's farm and locates a baby sock and a picture of another woman holding the baby. Returns to LA, reporting his findings to Joshi: Joshi: What's that date? Is ...
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Why didn't Joi sync properly with Mariette?

In Blade Runner 2049, after Officer K retires from LAPD, he arrives at his home. Joi synchronizes her holographic program with Mariette, so she is able to control Mariette's body. We can still see ...
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What has happened to these cities in Blade Runner?

In Blade Runner 2049, we get glimpses of how huge cities such as San Diego and Las Vegas look. They both seem to have been nuked somehow. Is there any canonical explanation for what has happened or if ...
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Why would Joshi rather die than reveal K's whereabouts?

It seems unwise for Joshi to give up her life so easily. She died for nothing. Luv still used her devices to locate K. Joshi believed K had finished his job. All the key evidences except the bones ...
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Is K's bonus actually Joi's emanator?

When K passes his baseline test at the beginning of Blade Rrunner 2049, the interrogator says, "You can pick up your bonus." In the next scene, he brings home an emanator for Joi. Someone on the ...
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How did K discover the true identity of the child?

A lot of spoilers for Blade Runner 2049 in this one! How did K find out at the end that Freysa, the leader of the Replicant Freedom Movement, revealed to him He also knew that the memory with the ...
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What is the timeline of the creation of the replicants who figure in "Blade Runner 2049"?

In the original Blade Runner, 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,...
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