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A dark connection exists between "replicant technology" and Germans "in this story arc"

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Early in the 21st Century, THE TYRELL
CORPORATION advanced Robot evolution
into the NEXUS phase - a being virtually
identical to a human - Known as a Replicant

The NEXUS 6 Replicants were superior
in strength and agility, and at least equal
in intelligence, to the genetic engineers
who created them.

Replicants were used Off-world as
slave labor, in the hazardous exploration and
colonization of the other planets.

After a bloody mutiny by a NEXUS 6
combat team in an Off-world colony,
Replicants were declared illegal
on earth - under penalty of death.

Special police squads - BLADE RUNNER
UNITS - had orders to shoot to kill, upon
detection, any trespassing Replicant.

This was not called execution.
It was called retirement.

What is "Blade Runner"?

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

What is a "Blade Runner"?

In the 1982 movie of the same name, a Blade Runner is the name of a special cop (bounty hunter) used to locate, then retire, replicants, which are forbidden on Earth.

The following excerpts are found on page 186 of:
"Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human" by K. W. Jeter
published by Bantam (c) 1995 by the Philip K. Dick Trust

"But the truth of the matter is that all the blade runners have always been replicants, from day one. Even before there were any replicants being manufactured in the U.S., back when the industry was located in Stuttgart, and the original developers of the technology--people like Paul Derain, and Sudermann and Grozzi, the ones that Eldon Tyrell eventually ripped off--knew they were dealing with dangerous stuff and they put the first safeguards in place"


"From the start," Batty went on, "Those (German) companies had replicants on-line whose sole purpose was to keep other replicants from escaping and trying to pass themselves off as human. That's where the name "blade runner" comes from; those enforcement replicants were originally called Bleibruhigers. Bleib ruhig is German for "stay quiet (or stay calm)". And that's what they did, they kept everything nice and quiet; most people around the turn of the century weren't even aware that the replicant technology had been developed. Then when Tyrell and the U.N. brought everything over to the States, and the catching of escaped replicants became a police function, that's when Bleibruhiger got Anglicized to blade runner. The term doesn't make sense, otherwise."

Please note that some Blade Runner FAQ's have different explanations for the "Blade Runner". Personally, I prefer the explanation given by Jeter since most B.R. fans know that Philip Dick got the idea for Voight-Kampff empathy test after reading the diaries of Nazi guards stored in the special documents library at UCLA.

Bryant's Spinner(a few) Sound Clips

Policeman: Hey, idi-wa. [Cityspeak-Korean for: "Come here."]
Gaff: Monsieur, ada-na kobishin angum bi-te. [Cityspeak-German for: "Sir. You will be required to accompany me please"]
Sushi Man: He say you under arrest, Mr. Deckard.
Deckard: Got the wrong guy, pal.
Gaff: Lo fa, ne-ko shi-ma de va-ja blade... Blade Runner. [Cityspeak-Hungarian for: "Horse Dick! So you say. You are the Blade Runner"]
Sushi Master: He say you brade runna.
Deckard: Tell him I'm eating.

The red text above was taken from P.116 of the book "Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner" by Paul M. Simon

Roy Batty: Quite an experience to live in fear isn't it? That's what it is to be a slave.

Roy Batty: I've seen things that you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched C-beams glitter in the dark near Tan Hauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain.

Blade Runner Major Chronology:

Blade Runner (Book #1)

Blade RunnerDo Androids Dream of Electris Sheep?Publisher's Promo: It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill. Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there, lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment--find them and then... "retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!

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Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human (Book #2)

Blade Runner2: The Edge of HumanPublisher's Promo: To Blade Runner Rick Deckard, the most important aspect of replicant Rachel's life is saving it. Soon, he learns that Pris, whom he executed in the movie, "Blade Runner", was not a replicant, but a human. That makes Deckard a murderer and now, a moving target. And the Tyrell Corporation, manufacturer of android technology, is mired in a conspiracy with deadly consequences.

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Blade Runner: Replicant Night (Book #3)

Blade Runner: Replicant NightPublisher's Promo: Acclaimed author K. W. Jeter adds another chapter to the adventures of Rick Deckard, the android-hunter hero created by SF legend Philip K. Dick and brought to life in the 1982 Ridley Scott movie. In the Los Angeles of the future, Deckard is in dire need of cash. To earn money, he consults on a movie adaptation of his hunt for the original replicants as seen in the film "Blade Runner". But when a living replicant and Deckard's former LAPD partner are slain, the movie fantasy becomes grimly real.

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Blade Runner: Eye and Talon (Book #4)

Blade Runner: Eye and TalonPublisher's Promo: Fully authorized by the estate of Philip K. Dick and written by the author they felt best equipped to take forward the vision of one of the great names in SF, BLADE RUNNER 4: BEYOND ORION combines the dark imagery, paranoia, tension and pace of Dick’s original novel and the cinematic genius of Ridley Scott in a novel that takes the Blade Runner series into a new millennium.

"Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner"

Future Noir: The Making of Blade RunnerPublisher's Promo: The 1995 release of the "director's cut" of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner only confirmed what the international cognoscenti has known all along--Blade Runner still rules as the most visually dense, thematically challenging, and influential SF film ever made. Future Noir offers the story of that triumph, providing readers with a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the production of this innovative cult classic. Photos.

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Blade Runner Movie Trivia

  1. Deckard's badge is B26354
  2. Deckard is never seen flying the spinner (except at the end of the 1982 movie release where he is with Rachael). When ever he is behind the wheel, he is always in a ground car.
  3. When the spinner is seen leaving the Tyrell building early in the movie, it looks like the ground is covered with trees. Los Angeles isn't the total waste land that we've been lead to believe.
  4. When Deckard takes a second glance at the photo of Rachael and her mother, for at least one second it looks like we are watching a movie clip rather than a still. Is this something that Deckard is imagining? Check out some BR FAQ's for more info on this.
  5. Theater Release vs. Director's Cut (only major differences are listed; check some of the FAQ's for minor differences and special sneak preview differences)
  6. The Blade Runner "police spinner" sound can be heard in the first Highlander movie when Nash is arrested leaving Madison Square Gardens.
  7. The following CRT displays are seen before liftoff of Gaff's spinner. The lower CRT display is also seen 2 years earlier in Ridley Scott's "Alien".

This screen is shown first in a blue background with the numbers rolling down one line every second

         ENVORON CTR          
 -   ...................   - 
 -   ...................   - 
 -   ...................   - 
 -   ...................   - 
 -   92886599 | 95654085   - 
 -   ...................   - 
 -   ...................   - 
 -   ...................   - 
                 24556   DR5 

Then this is shown in red...

         ENVORON CTR          
        24556   DR5          

Blade Runner Movie Observations and Anomalies

Note: There are many more anomalies than those listed here (check the FAQs in the news groups)

Anomaly Area 1:

Replicant (M) Des: LEON                 V.K.
NEXUS 6       N6MAC41717                96/W/9-3H
Incept Date: 10 APRIL., 2017
Func: Combat/Loader (Nuc. Fiss.)
Phys: LEV.A   Ment: LEV.C
Replicant (M) Des: BATTY (Roy)
NEXUS 6       N6MAA10816
Incept Date: 8 JAN., 2016
Func: Combat, Colonization Defense Prog.
Phys: LEV.A   Ment: LEV.A
Replicant (F) Des: ZOHRA
NEXUS 6       N6FAB61216
Incept Date: 12 JUNE., 2016
Func: Retrained (9 Feb,2018) Polit.Homicide
Phys: LEV.A   Ment: LEV.B
Replicant (F) Des: PRIS
NEXUS 6       N6FAB21416
Incept Date: 14 FEB., 2016
Func: Military / Leisure
Phys: LEV.A   Ment: LEV.B
Notes / Observations:
  1. BATTY is the only replicant designated using his last name (first name was Roy)
  2. LEON's model number is:
    N6MAC41717  (as seen in the movie)
    N6MAC41017  (correction from dialog with Deckard)
    ||||||||++- Incept Year : 2017
    ||||||++--- Incept Day  : 10
    |||||+----- Incept Month: 4 (April)
    ||||+------ Mental      : C (low)
    |||+------- Physical    : A (high)
    ||+-------- Sex         : Male
    ++--------- Model Series: Nexus 6
  3. Only LEON has a V. K. (Voight-Kampff) designation since he was the only one of the off world replicants that received a V. K. test
    1. If "96/W/9-3H" represents the date of the test then we've found another error because the movie starts in November 2019
    2. Perhaps "96" is part of Holden's badge number (Deckard's badge number is B26354 so perhaps his entries would be prefixed with "54". Better double check Deckard's display the next time I watch the movie). On the other hand, "96" could represent a case number in Holden's computer
    3. The "W" could represent "Waste Disposal" which is where Leon worked at Tyrell.
    4. Since the off-world mutiny occurred "two weeks ago" (possibly October?) then the "9" couldn't represent the month in which Leon was hired.
    5. I assume that the "H" in the V. K. designation stands for Holden (the Blade Runner who ran this particular V. K. test). This could be the third interview of the visit.
  4. ZOHRA has been marked "retrained". This is more evidence that replicants are biological beings rather than electro-mechanical robots as described in DADOES
  5. Fact #1: The movie starts in November 2019.
    Fact #2: NEXUS 6 Replicants only have a 4 year life span.
    1. BATTY is the oldest (Incept: 8-JAN-2016 makes him at least 46 months old) but already seems to be having some arthritis-like problems.
    2. We don't know if Batty dies in November, December or January.
    3. If replicants live exactly 4 years (48 months) then Roy dies in January.
    4. PRIS is only one month younger than BATTY, but seems to be deteriorating in a different way. This may be evidence that the 48-month time limit is not exact.
    5. Since no visible problems can be seen with ZOHRA, we can probably assume "replicant age related problems" only begin after 41 months of life.
    6. On the other hand, all four replicants just mentioned are at Physical Level A.
    7. PRIS's incept date was St. Valentine's Day and is referred to as a basic pleasure model (were Tyrell designers just clowning around that day?). Bryant refers to her as "the fourth skin job" but many movie-watchers heard the phrase "the foreskin job"
  6. If any incept dates would have been after September, would the sixth character of the model number be anything from "A" to "C"?
  7. With 4-year life spans these non-Y2K-compliant incept dates are not much of a problem. However Rachael's longer life could pose a problem. Perhaps she was not Nexus-6
  8. Leon is the dumbest (Mental=C), so why was he sent to infiltrate the Tyrell Corporation?

Anomaly Area 2:

When the Asian woman on Animoid Row looks into the electron microscope, she says "9906947XB71" but we can clearly see a segment of the serial number that reads "07XB".

Anomaly Area 3:

Statement #1 in Bryant's office:

Bryant: I've got four skin jobs walking around.

Statement #2 in Bryant's office:

Bryant: There was an escape in the off world colony 2 weeks ago. Six replicants. Three male and three female. They slaughtered twenty three people and jumped a shuttle. An aerial patrol spotted the ship off the coast. No crew. No sight of them. Three nights ago they tried to break into the Tyrell Corporation. One of them got fried running through an electrical field.

Statement #3 in street after Zohra's death:

Bryant: Four more to go. Come on Gaff.
Deckard: Three. There's three to go.
Bryant: There's four. There's that skin job you V.K.'d at the Tyrell Corporation. Rachael. Disappeared! Vanished. Didn't even know that she was a replicant. Something to do with a brain implant says Tyrell.


  1. Statement #1 is probably right. Especially if you listen to the tone of Bryant's voice change from the previous sentence. This is probably something that got fixed up in editing. Also, only four replicants are listed in the NEXUS specs sheet above.
  2. Statement #2 has got to be wrong. If you start out with six and one gets killed, then you are left with five. Since Rachael can't be counted because she was already on Earth, one replicant is missing. Only four are listed in the replicant specs sheet above. However, the book "Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human" does have possible explanations for this apparent fubar.
  3. Statement #3 seems to corroborate Statement #1
  4. Some Blade Runner FAQ's put a different spin on this

Game Info + Links

Westwood Studios is the maker of a neat 4-CD Blade Runner game for Windows 95 and Windows NT. As of 99.04.30 it only costs $39.95. Interact on 140 scenes with over 70 characters including Rachael, Eldon Tyrell, Leon, and Sebastian. Buy some sushi at Howie Lee's. Talk to the oriental woman down on Animoid Row. Visit Chew at the Eye-Works on DNA Row. Fly the Spinner from location to location. Run the Voigt-Kampff machine to determine who is, and is not, a replicant. Run the ESPER machine to analyze crime scene photos. But try not to retire any humans by mistake! Click here to visit the original Westwood - Blade Runner Teaser pages set up by their marketing people.

2016 Update:

"Philip Kindred Dick" Related Movies

A few "Philip K. Dick" Links

Blade Runner 2007-12-18

Blade Runner Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition

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Blade Runner Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition
Available in three different flavors: DVD, HD-DVD (Toshiba), Blu-ray (Sony)
(Is that a unicorn sitting next to the red disc?)


Observations from 2007-12-18

These two items are from Disc-2: Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner
  1. From BLADE RUNNER Screenplay by HAMPTON FANCHER. July 24, 1980


    Okay, gimme a run-down on the
    three females.


    Nexus designated Mary: incept
    November 1 2017, domestic
    conditioning, non competitive,
    trained for day care position.



  2. Headlines from Deckard's newspaper while waiting for sushi
    (same newspaper is in Leon's top drawer; smaller details visible)
     W   The Independent Sentinel 
    World Wide Computer Linkup Planned
     too small to read... too small to read... too small to read... too small to read...
     too small to read... too small to read... too small to read... too small to read...
     too small to read... too small to read... too small to read... too small to read...
     too small to read... too small to read... too small to read... 
    Mysteries of the
     too small to read... too small to read... too small to read...
    Universe to be Solved
     too small to read... too small to read... too small to read... too small to read...
    Medicines & Machines       to read... too small to read... too small to read...
     too small to read... too small to read... too small to read... too small to read...
     too small to read... too small to read... too small to read... too small to read...
    Drugs and   read... too small to read... too small to read... Women Lead
    ......Actors   read... too small to read... too small to read... Space Conference
     too small to read... too small to read... too small to read... too small to read...

  3. What Roy Batty was supposed to say just before death:

    I've know adventures, seen places
    you people will never see, I've
    been Offworld and back...frontiers!
    I've stood on the back deck of a
    blinker bound for the Plutition
    Camps with sweat in my eyes
    watching stars fight on the
    shoulder of Orion...




    I've felt wind in my hair riding
    test boats off the black galaxies
    and seen an attack fleet burn like
    a match point and disappear. I've
    seen it, felt it...!

  4. What Roy Batty says in one of his unused death scenes:

    The simple things.
    But no way to satisfy them.
    To be homesick with no place to go.
    Lots of little oversights.

  5. What Gaff says in one of his unused endings:

    You've done a man's job sir...
    But are you sure you're a man?

These items are from Disc-5: Pre-Release Workprint

REPLICANT \rep'-li-cant\n. See also ROBOT (antique):
ANDROID (obsolete): Nexus (generic): Synthetic human
with paraphysical capabilities, having skin/flesh culture.
Also, Rep, skin job (slang): Off world uses: combat, high
risk industrial, deep space probe. On-world uses prohibited.
Specifications and quantities - information classified.

Copyright © 2016

My Speculations About "ESPER"

No where in any of the movies, books or web resources are we told what the word "ESPER" actually means.  Could it be police slang for a machine with ESP-like capabilities? Perhaps it is an acronym meaning "Electronic Scanning Photo Enhancing and Reporting".

In the world of "organic chemistry" specialists toss around an acronym which spells VSEPR (Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion) but is pronounced "vesper". It is entirely possible that Ridley Scott, or one of his collaborators, asked some organic chemists for a few buzz words and they heard "vesper" but wrote down "esper". At least, that's my theory and I'm sticking with it until I hear something better or official.

Neil Rieck, 2010-05-08

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Three promotional videos (laying the foundations for 2049)

  1. Blade Runner Black Out 2020
  2. 2036: Nexus Dawn
  3. 2048: Nowhere to Run

Additional Promotional Resources

Review Sites:

Pre-release Speculation

New Movie Details

Replicants are bioengineered humans designed by the Tyrell corporation for use off-world. Their enhanced strength made them ideal slave labor

After as series of violent rebellions, their manufacture became prohibited and Tyrell corp went bankrupt

The collapse of the ecosystems in the mid 2020s led to the rise of industrialist Niander Wallace whose mastery of synthetic farming averted famine

Wallace acquired the remains of the Tyrell Corp and created a new line of Replicants who obey

Many older model Replicants - Nexus-8s with open ended lifespans - survived

They are hunted down and 'retired'

Those that hunt them still go by the name ...

Blade Runner

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