Blade Runner hero debunked

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Blade Runner hero debunked

Postby FictionMuse » Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:41 am


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Re: Blade Runner hero debunked

Postby kentagions » Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:50 am

Deckard can't be a hero. From the start, he is coerced into action. Only at the end of the story does he become Rachael's hero, but there is no conflict there, the twist is that Gaff (Edward James Olmos) lets the two get away, thinking Rachael will die soon.

Deckard hadn't faced a nexus 6 replicant, who were supposed to be at least as intelligent as the scientists who created them, which Roy Batty proved in the 'Meet Your Maker' scene.

So Deckard is hopelessly outgunned intellectually. The replicants are also far more combat capable. This is the usual case for Detective/Mystery stories (Watch Chinatown).

A very nice twist in the film is the climactic Thriller scene. In a Thriller, the main character must be at the mercy of the bad guy. Even though Deckard has his gun, we know that he is at the complete mercy of Roy Batty. Deckard runs like hell to save his life, not a hero thing to do.

Deckard takes a more active role than the usual detective, who is usually a POV literary device for the telling of another story. He cares about Rachael, placing the story in Thriller territory. Similar to a detective, though, is his lack of growth as a character, at the end of the film, he has not changed. The hero arc is always one of change from reluctance to acceptance and then action.

Deckard debunked as a hero? No. He never was one.

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Re: Blade Runner hero debunked

Postby FictionMuse » Tue Nov 22, 2016 2:38 pm

In the sense that Deckard is called upon to protect humans from replicants, he is a hero, or at least assigned to be a hero. The replicant creators knew the capibilities of the new models and they knew Deckard's history. If he was outclassed, they should have assigned him a team or equipment to make him equal to the task - another plot hole.

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Re: Blade Runner hero debunked

Postby FictionMuse » Tue Nov 22, 2016 2:41 pm

I would say Deckard evolved. He was portrayed as apathetic until he fell in love with Rachael. He was assgined to kill the runaway replicants and didn't hesitate. But when he was assigned to kill Rachael, he instead runs away with her.

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Re: Blade Runner hero debunked

Postby FictionMuse » Tue Nov 22, 2016 2:43 pm

Never have understood the unicorn orgami scene. How does Deckard know Gaff left the unicorn orgami? Did a unicorn orgami make an appearance earlier in the story?

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Re: Blade Runner hero debunked

Postby Athena » Tue Nov 22, 2016 3:29 pm

FictionMuse wrote:Never have understood the unicorn orgami scene. How does Deckard know Gaff left the unicorn orgami? Did a unicorn orgami make an appearance earlier in the story?


Wasn't that from the opening scene or something? It's been so many years since I've seen this movie.
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Re: Blade Runner hero debunked

Postby kentagions » Tue Nov 22, 2016 3:34 pm

Gaff was the only one doing origami in the film. He made a chicken when Deckard didn't want to take the assignment. He placed a man on Leon's dresser to show him that "The Man" (police) had been there.

Rachael kicks over an origami silver unicorn as she and Deckard are leaving the apartment to flee north at the end of the movie. The unicorn is a symbol of luck, noted as being beneficial in nearly all cultures where they are found. I believe that he is wishing Deckard and Rachael good luck.


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