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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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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 correctly predicted ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why does that character have to die?

In Blade Runner 2049: I can see only three possibilities, none of which is satisfying: It's just needless exposition, to let the audience know that he's evil. This is the likeliest explanation that ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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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 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, what exactly happened with the horse?

In Blade Runner 2049, Dr. Stelline implants one of her own memories into K's. This memory concerns a wooden horse on which is written an important date, and K is able to use this memory to locate it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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How could Ana Stelline survive childhood?

Spoiler Alert! If you haven't yet seen the movie, Blade Runner 2049, you might want to skip this question. Officer K (also known as Joe) ... She was not placed ... How could she survive even a few ...
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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 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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How “hard” is the science behind the genetics mentioned in Blade Runner?

How accurately does the science in Blade Runner reflect the current understanding of genetics?
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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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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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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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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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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.