White Dragon Noodle Bar : Inspired by Blade Runner

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Rick Deckard is the protagonist in Ridley Scott’s 1982 science-fiction film, Blade Runner. The character originally appeared in Philip K Dick’s novel, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” on which the movie is based. Rick Deckard was played by Harrison Ford.

Rick Deckard is a Blade Runner, a special member of the L.A police department who is employed to hunt down and “retire” replicants (genetically manufactured humanoids). Since they were declared illegal on Earth, it is up to the Blade Runners to “retire” any that find their way to Earth. At the beginning of the film, Deckard is called out of retirement after a group of six clever and brutal replicants hijack a shuttle to Earth, intending to pass themselves off as normal humans.

Deckard is reluctant to resume work, but is told he has no choice and must use some of “the old blade runner magic” to succeed.

There are lengthy debates among the movie’s fandom on whether Deckard is a replicant himself. The Director’s Cut DVD of the movie seems to lean towards the fact that Deckard is a replicant, as new footage was added that supports that side of the argument.

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Voight-Kampff : Inspired by Blade Runner

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Originating in Philip K Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the Voight-Kampff machine or device (spelled Voigt-Kampff in the book) also appeared in the book’s screen adaptation, the 1982 science fiction film Blade Runner.

The Voight-Kampff is a polygraph-like machine used by the LAPD’s Blade Runners to assist in the testing of an individual to see whether they are a replicant or not. It measures bodily functions such as respiration, heart rate, blushing and eye movement in response to emotionally provocative questions

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Tyrell Corp : Inspired by Blade Runner

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The Tyrell Corporation is a powerful corporation from the 1982 Ridley Scott film Blade Runner. Based in Los Angeles in the year AF 19, Tyrell is named after its founder Eldon Tyrell and is a high-tech corporation primarily concerned with the production of androids.

The company’s motto is “More human than human”.

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Spinner : Inspired By Blade Runner

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Spinner is a nickname for the type of Police flying car in Blade Runner that can drive as a ground car, take off vertically, hover and cruise using jet propulsion much like Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft today. They are used extensively by the police to survey the population, and its clear that despite restrictions wealthy people can acquire spinner licenses. It was designed by Syd Mead and has been replicated in films such as The Fifth Element and Star Wars prequel trilogy.

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Replicants? : Inspired by Blade Runner

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Is Deckard a Replicant? The question has been asked since Blade Runner was first released in 1982.

Today, most people well-versed in Blade Runner are convinced that Deckard is, like Rachael, a replicant who thinks he is human. Paul M. Sammon clearly and methodically lays out the arguments.

  • With the 2007 release of the Final Cut, some say the argument can be finally put to rest. Ridley Scott, with full control of the media, has put/left in the unicorn dream sequence as Deckard is sitting at the piano daydreaming. Thus, at the end of the movie, Deckard’s knowing nod when he picks up Gaff’s origami unicorn and recollection of Gaff’s last comment concerning Rachael signifies Deckard’s own realization of the facts.
  • One interesting point that comes up is what Bryant really knows. Does Gaff know that Deckard is a replicant while Bryant does not? Or is it okay with Bryant that a replicant retirer is a replicant himself?

Ridley Scott has mentioned this matter in several interviews. BBC News ran a story about this in 2000, where he concludes that Deckard is a replicant.

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Off-World Colonies : Inspired by Blade Runner

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Off-World Colonies refers to the human colonization of Planet Earth’s Orbital Space and also other planets, such as Mars and Arcadia 234. Off-World Colonies are defended by Space Marines such as the United States Colonial Marine Corps as well as others.

Humans on Earth are encouraged to emigrate to the colonies; this is promoted aggressively with advertising extolling the adventure and opportunities awaiting them if they leave Earth, as well as promises of financial and personal incentives (for example, all colonists are promised a free Replicant for their personal use).

The actual conditions on these colonies are never shown in the original film, but the setting hints that the situation off-world is not as rosy as the advertisements claim. The Replicants are designed to survive dangerous and harsh labor and environments. Roy was designed specifically for use as a soldier, recalling the battles he fought off-world, and it appears that all three other of the escaped Replicants had considerable combat training. Zhora was described as having been a member of a kick-murder-squad. Finally, there is intensity of the marketing campaign itself; although the Los Angeles of 2019 is a miserable dystopia, its population still apparently requires aggressive promotion and considerable financial incentives to leave for these supposed paradises.

In the opening prologue, we are told that the Replicant’s have been limited to off-world colonies after a bloody uprising, and any that return to earth will be hunted down by Blade Runners and “retired,” or exterminated.

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Nexus 6 Replicants : Inspired by Blade Runner

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Roy Batty, left, meets his ‘maker,’ Dr. Eldon Tyrell, in Tyrell’s apartment. Batty, a Nexus-6 replicant, was seeking more life from Tyrell, who engineered this model to have a short lifespan.

Nexus-6 is a series of Replicants said to have been made for superior strength and agility, for use in off-world mining colonies.

In Blade Runner, the Nexus series of replicants – genetically engineered by the Tyrell Corporation – are virtually identical to an adult human being, but have superior strength, agility, a wider temperature range tolerance, and variable intelligence depending on the model.

Because of their physical similarity to humans a replicant must be detected by its lack of emotional responses and empathy to questions posed in a Voight-Kampff machine test. A derogatory term for replicant is “skin-job” (in the original release, the Deckard voiceover explicitly states this–in the subsequent releases without the voiceover, the viewer must infer this).

As of 2019, the latest model of replicant is almost indistinguishable from humans. In fact, the Tyrell Corporation advertises this model as “More human than human.” If replicants are given memories (and thus think that they are indeed human), the VK test almost fails- It takes over a hundred questions to expose the replicant known as Rachel.

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