Questions tagged [blade-runner-series]

For use when referring to any part of the Blade Runner franchise. Should be used in conjunction with either [blade-runner] or [blade-runner-2049] tags.

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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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How old was Rick Deckard in the original “Blade Runner”?

Replicants in the original movie had a 4-year time span. Roy Batty was activated on January 8th, 2016. With the movie occurring in November 2019, his time was almost over. You almost wonder if he ...
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What is the significance of Roy Batty's fingernails in “Blade Runner” (1982)?

I just rewatched Blade Runner and noticed there are multiple shots of Roy Batty's fingernails, which are very short as if they've been chewed or picked at excessively. Is this just included to show ...
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In “Terminator: Genisys” Pops is called “skin job” by Kyle R. is there anything more to this?

In Terminator: Genisys Pops is called "skin job" by Kyle R. IT is obviously a term from Blade Runner, I am guessing this is not incidental but can find little about it online. Is this a reference to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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What's the main purpose of the baseline test in Blade Runner?

In Blade Runner 2049, officer K (a Replicant) is made to take a 'baseline test. What's the point in repeating what the machine says in his baseline test?
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Is Niander Wallance a human or replicant?

The biggest question from the original Blade Runner was whether Deckard was a replicant. I think the biggest question from the recent movie is whether Niander Wallace is a replicant. Somebody ...
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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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Is “Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human” and its sequels in continuity with “Blade Runner 2049”?

I was surprised to find that Blade Runner 2049 was not the first sequel to Blade Runner. That distinction goes to three novels by K. W. Jeter: Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human (1995) Blade Runner 3: ...
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Are there any replicants with identical appearances in the Blade Runner universe?

Replicants in the Blade Runner universe are synthetically designed by the Tyrell Corporation (and Wallace Corporation by the time of Blade Runner 2049). However, they seem to all have unique ...
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Why are there honeybees in Blade Runner 2049?

Why are there honeybees in Blade Runner 2049? Joe / Officer-K sets out to find Rick Deckard in what's left of Las Vegas. The city was abandoned after a radioactive bomb attack. When he walks through ...
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Is Joi an (unwilling) accomplice of either Wallace or the rebellion?

There are moments in Blade Runner 2049 where Joi (K's holographic girlfriend) seems to act in ways that help the rebellion: But Joi is also a Wallace product and there are moments when one would ...
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Why is the horse so valuable in Blade Runner 2049?

Dr Badger thinks that K's little wooden horse is extremely valuable, and yet outside Sapper Morton's house there is an entire tree, which no one remarks on.
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Why didn't Wallace take the shortcut to success?

In Blade Runner 2049, They then proceed to hunt down Deckard and the child, because Niander has been unable to crack reproduction in the replicants. Why then, did they not simply reverse engineer ...
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Why does Luv say they're going “home”?

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Why doesn't K just check his eye code?

He spends half the film angsting about whether he's a real little boy or not. Why couldn't he just check his 'eye code'? The only reason I can think of is that maybe Nexus-9 replicants don't have eye ...
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What is the role of the Soviet Union in Blade Runner 2049?

In the new movie, Blade Runner 2049, there are several advertisements in Russian, including one that mentions the CCCP (the USSR). Do we know what the current government of LA is? It it under Soviet ...
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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 was the book, Pale Fire, used in the Blade Runner 2049 movie?

What is the significance of the book, Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov in the movie, Blade Runner 2049? The book influences three scenes. In two scenes, Officer K is being psychologically tested by a ...
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Was Deckard a Replicant or not?

Does Blade Runner 2049 clarify about Deckard's status as a Replicant? The only mention of this that I remember was Wallace's statements implying but which was immediately followed by If Deckard were ...
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How did these characters know Officer K was a Blade Runner?

In the movie, Blade Runner 2049, when Officer K goes to his apartment, ... Later when he goes ... How did they know he was a Blade Runner? Blade Runners are undercover cops. They don't advertise ...