The original Blade Runner left viewers questioning whether or not the protagonist, Rick Deckard, is a replicant or a human.
I first viewed the classic sci-fi film Blade Runner as a college freshman, in a combined literature and computer science class. We viewed several different cuts of the film – the professor was so obsessed we even went to a movie theater to see the rerelease known as The Final Cut. By the end of the semester, I had fallen asleep during so many showings of Blade Runner that I wasn't sure if Deckard was a robot, a real person, a rabbit or something completely different.
Harrison Ford, who played Deckard in the 1982 film (loosely based on Philip K Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), maintains that his character is a real human being. Director Ridley Scott, on the other hand, claims that the hero of his movie is, without a doubt, an android (dreaming of electric sheep?).
But though there has been some debate, the first teaser trailer for Blade Runner 2049 is out today, and it seems to confirm that RICK DECKARD IS A REPLICANT.
Here's the trailer for Blade Runner 2049:
The trailer reveals that Ryan Gosling's Officer K is hunting Deckard down – seemingly, evidence that Deckard is a replicant. Blade Runner 2049 will likely open with Gosling finding and killing replicant Deckard, before hunting down more escaped robots – essentially, a rehash of the original Blade Runner.
There's more evidence that Deckard is a replicant. In a 2007 interview with Wired, Scott told interviewers:
Wired: It was never on paper that Deckard is a replicant.
Scott: It was, actually. That's the whole point of Gaff, the guy who makes origami and leaves little matchstick figures around. He doesn't like Deckard, and we don't really know why. If you take for granted for a moment that, let's say, Deckard is a Nexus 7, he probably has an unknown life span and therefore is starting to get awfully human. Gaff, at the very end, leaves an origami, which is a piece of silver paper you might find in a cigarette packet, and it's a unicorn. Now, the unicorn in Deckard's daydream tells me that Deckard wouldn't normally talk about such a thing to anyone. If Gaff knew about that, it's Gaff's message to say, "I've read your file, mate." That relates to Deckard's first speech to Rachael when he says, "That's not your imagination, that's Tyrell's niece's daydream." And he describes a little spider on a bush outside the window. The spider is an implanted piece of imagination. And therefore Deckard, too, has imagination and even history implanted in his head.
By the way, do you know who hates unicorns? Mark Wahlberg.
Old 30 Rock is so good. NBC