The Mark Hastings Experience – Episode #43: “Blade Runner” (1982)

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 1982 science fiction film “Blade Runner”, directed by Ridley Scott and written by Hampton Fancier and David Peoples, based upon the 1968 novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick. The film is set in a dystopian version of 2019, in which synthetic humans known as “replicants” are bio-engineered by the powerful Tyrell Corporation to work on off-world space colonies – however, when a fugitive group of advanced replicants flee to Earth to hide, Rick Deckard (played by Harrison Ford) is tasked to track down and eliminate the group, led by Roy Batty (played by Rutger Hauer). The film explores themes such as identity, slavery, artificial intelligence, and where the path towards creating advanced machines who look and act human may eventually lead. “Blade Runner” has been culturally as well aesthetically influential since is initial release and it continues to draw audiences back to it because of the deeply profound possibilities that it proposes and investigates in regards to humanities burgeoning relationship with artificial life.

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