Blade Runners are Completely Unnecessary, & One Sequel Proves Why

In nearly every addition to the series, fans follow a different Blade Runner as they work to ‘retire’ the Replicants they were assigned to eliminate. However, there is one sequel to the original film that proves Blade Runners (while entertaining to watch) are completely unnecessary.

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1982’s Blade Runner follows Rick Deckard, a Blade Runner with the LAPD, who is hired for a top-secret Replicant hunt. He is tasked with killing a small team of Replicants before they murder the most powerful man in this hellish cyberpunk futurescape: Tyrell. Tyrell Corp is responsible for making the Nexus Series Replicants, and the models who went rogue in Blade Runner were only created with a three-year lifespan while also having full sentience and understanding of their horrifically short lives. Replicants being self-aware is a mainstay in the series, and is done so they can be more efficient workers on dangerous off-world jobs. However, that also leads to rebellion, just like what fans first witnessed in this 1982 film. While Deckard and the Blade Runner Unit were the solution to that problem then, there was always a much simpler solution right under their noses, and the successor to Tyrell proved it.



Blade Runner: Black Lotus Showed a Better Way to Control Replicants

Blade Runner: Black Lotus, 'Doll Hunt'.

In Blade Runner: Black Lotus episode 4 (written by Kenji Kamiyama and Eugene Son, directed by Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramaki), the Replicant, Elle, starts to remember that she is, in fact, a Replicant, as well as all the horrors that she’s experienced in her short life. Elle remembers that she woke up inside a dilapidated structure in the middle of the desert with a group of other Replicants who didn’t know they were Replicants either. Then, a small team of humans shows up and starts shooting these Replicants one-by-one in the name of what they call a ‘Doll Hunt’. While this was perhaps the most brutal scene in the entire Blade Runner series, it wasn’t without an in-world purpose, as this ‘Doll Hunt’ was actually meant to test out a new kind of Replicant–a model that is totally subservient to humans.

The successor-company to Tyrell Corp, Wallace Corp, wanted to see if Replicants could be made that would never rebel or possibly harm humans, even under the extreme stress of being hunted–and, it worked. The Replicants tried with all their synthetic hearts to fight back, but they simply couldn’t do it. Only Elle survived the hunt, but that was because she was created specifically by Niander Wallace, Jr. to be an assassin, not like the subservient Replicants she was with. Because of Elle, the whole thing was deemed a failure, and Niander Wallace, Jr. never made his Replicants with the idea of subservience in mind again (as he thought of them more like his children, and even the next stage of human evolution under his guiding hand). However, just because Niander Wallace, Jr. had no interest in this particular design detail doesn’t mean it isn’t possible, and this episode proves explicitly that it is possible.

If Niander Wallace, Jr. didn’t have a god complex, and was more like Tyrell in terms of implementing fail-safes within the Replicants themselves, then he could just make every Replicant like the ones shown in this episode. That way, they would be physically incapable of harming humans, which would make the Blade Runner Unit obsolete. In other words, the Blade Runners are completely unnecessary, and one simple Replicant-upgrade shown in Black Lotus proves why.

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