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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Did Philip Dick watch Blade Runner before his death?

Was Philip K. Dick able to watch a complete version of "Blade Runner" before his death or just unedited material? The "Blade Runner" release date according to Wikipedia and IMDB was 25 June, 1982. ...
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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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Significance of the origami Deckard found in Blade Runner

What was the significance of the origami figure Deckard found at the end of Blade Runner? What could it have symbolized?
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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 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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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 is the future LA full of chinese in Blade Runner?

In the movie Blade Runner, the future Los Angeles(2019) is depicted as having lots of chinese people and chinese influence. Why is that the case?
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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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?
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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 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 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 does Luv say they're going “home”?

Sorry, this is all spoiler
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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'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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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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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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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 ...