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4. What are replicants? (Blade Runner)




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This article is from the Blade Runner FAQ, by Murray Chapmanmuzzle@cs.uq.oz.au with numerous contributions by others.

4. What are replicants? (Blade Runner)

The following definition appears in the BR script and the Marvel Comics
adaptation of the film, and the Denver/Dallas sneak preview:

_android_ (an'droid) n, Gk. humanoid automation. more at
robot./ 1. early version utilized for work too
boring, dangerous or unpleasant for humans.
2. second generation bio-engineered. Electronic
relay units and positronic brains. Used in space
to explore inhospitable environments. 3. third
generation synthogenetic. REPLICANT, constructed
of skin/flesh culture. Selected enogenic transfer
conversion. Capable of self perpetuating thought.
Paraphysical abilities. Developed for emigration
program.

WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY
New International (2012)

Replicants are manufactured organisms designed to carry out work too boring,
dangerous, or distasteful for humans. The "NEXUS 6" replicants are nearly
indistinguishable from humans. (In one draft of the script Bryant tells
Deckard they did an autopsy on the replicant that was fried trying to break
into the Tyrell Corp. and didn't even know it was a replicant until two hours
into the procedure.)

Replicants presumably differ from humans in one important factor: they are
lacking in empathy. In BR, the replicants' eyes glow (even those of an
artificial owl), however Ridley Scott has stressed that this is merely a
cinematic technique, and the glow can't be seen by the characters in the
story, only by the audience.

The manufacturers noticed that replicants had eccentricities because they
were emotionally immature. Rachael was a prototype replicant with
experimental memory implants, designed to provide a cushion for her emotions.
Consequently, she was unaware that she was a replicant.

NEXUS 6 replicants have an in-built fail-safe mechanism, namely a four year
lifespan.

 

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