Blade Runner : Episode 105

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Blade Runner

What: Harrison Ford hunts humanoid androids and it’s beautiful.
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah

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Bad Voiceover Montage from the Theatrical Release of Blade Runner
definitely watch The Final Cut  😛

Blade Runner The Final Cut
This is the version of the movie you need to watch.
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Show Notes

How to watch Blade Runner

About the different releases and how very bad voiceovers can be. But tl;dr: watch the “Final Cut” for sure always.

Creators’ Intent

Philip K Dick‘s vision in the novel Do Android Dream of Electric Sheep vs Ridley Scott’s in the film. Dick’s use of scifi as a tool to explore humanity.

Cyberpunk

High tech, low life. Blade Runner and William Gibson’s Neuromancer. Many other examples in our episode history. Social stratification and the wealth gap. Cyborgy bits and noodle bars. Environmental destruction. Flying cars?

VFX

And cinematography. What a beautiful movie! Practical effects and things that age well from the 80s.

Replicants

Detection. Genetic design. Testing for replicants with bullets like testing a witch with drowning.

Robotic Anthropomorphicization

Why design your androids to be so human? Designing anthropomorphized androids to operate with human tools in a human environment.

Robot Revelations

A new theory for how replicants work. Terminological issues. Maybe they shouldn’t be called “androids?”

AI Issues

The control problem and cellular kill switches.

The Voight-Kampff Machine

The Voight-Kampff machine as analogy to the lie detector, i.e. the BS intimidation machine for coaxing people/androids into admitting things. Or shooting the interviewer. Turtle vs tortoise vs terrapin.

Brain design and selection

“Android” brain production analogy with CPU production methods.

Memory, Mortality

Memories providing the context that makes up our selves. Looking for nipples.

Deckard’s humanity

Is Deckard a replicant? It depends on whether you’re talking about the book and then also which cut of the film.In the book, no. In the theatrical release, probably not. In The Final Cut, yes.

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