In class, I thought Kristen brought up a great point when we were discussing Blade Runner. If the replicants are such a threat to the human population, why is it so difficult to tell the difference between the two? Like her, I just didn’t understand why it mattered as much to rid the earth of them if they feel, think, even bleed just like humans do. Especially in the debate about whether or not Deckard is a human, I started thinking about if it really mattered or not. If Deckard needed Gaff to tell him he was a replicant by leaving the origami unicorn (and likewise if Rachel needed Deckard to tell her she was a replicant) and if humans can’t tell immediately, does it really matter? I just didn’t see the threat of the replicants other than their creepy ability to put their hand in boiling water or put their head through a wall. I guess my point is: if the characters don’t know, and we the audience don’t know who is replicant or human, is the difference even important?
Why would Ridley Scott make these androids so similar to the humans? Unlike Alien, the “bad guys” don’t seem all that bad to me. Are we all just clones of each other without even knowing it? Scary thought, but would it really matter if we were—would it change the way you feel about yourself?