Blade Runner Battle! Deckard: Replicant, or just a man, with a man's courage?
I'd like to say I was watching the movie Blade Runner recently, hence this question, but actually no. I just think about Blade Runner extemporaneously, with no prompting, pretty much all the time. This can include such situations as sitting at the DMV, buying ice cream, comparison shopping for socks, watching other movies that are not Blade Runner, and sitting at home in quiet introspection.
==WARNING: WE DO GET INTO SPOILER COUNTRY HERE. BE WARNED.==
So with The Reckoner! kicking around, I thought it was time to get the final official democratic, fan's-view answer to the central conundrum introduced by the Director's Cut: is Deckard himself actually a Replicant?
Usually the creators of movies that have a 'The Lady, or the Tiger?' element typically keep mum about which they think it is, but Ridley Scott certainly hasn't. He pretty much insists that Deckard is a replicant about four times a month, to his own UPS delivery truck driver if he has to. Harrison Ford's stated stance is 'hell, no!', although Scott recently insisted that Ford has given up on this perspective -- if anything because he doesn't care as much about it as Scott and he'd like Scott to keep needling him about it.
Folks, I really don't care what either of them have to say about this. The key is what you believe (or want to believe) as you're watching it.
- If you think the whole 'Unicorn dream' concept is a smoking gun, and you like the twist that the man whose identity is grounded in running the blade against replicants is himself a replicant, then great.
- If you think that having the main character not be human lets some of the air out of the narrative by making the character unrelatable, or cheapening his awareness in the horrors of his chosen profession, then that's great as well.
In either case, I want to see what the world thinks. And you, fellow Reckonauts, can get to the bottom of this one for me. So tell me! Rick Deckard? Replicant, or just a man, with a man's courage?