I lost my Blade Runner virginity on Saturday

I watched Blade Runner over the weekend for the first time ever. Kind of crazy, isn’t it? A horror/sci-fi/’80s junkie like me, who has never seen Blade Runner? The situation had to be remedied.

It speaks to the transcendent nature of Blade Runner that after all this time, it still holds up — not just the story and themes, but also the special effects and visual imagery.

If you know me, you know that I revel in experiences like this. To discover something (even though it’s been right in front of you all along), and not just relate to it, but love it — that’s such a cool thing. Because, if Blade Runner is out there, what else is waiting for me?

Notes on Blade Runner:

  • I love a happy ending. Let’s face it, most sci-fi films are a bummer. And while I enjoy a good dystopian tale as much as the next, I enjoy stories that offer a glimmer of hope — the idea that love, humanity, and beauty can somehow prevail. I’m glad Deckard and Rachael got to drive off into the sunset, and I like to think she didn’t have an expiration date after all.
  • rachaelRachael is my new (old) style icon. Seriously, that grey and black suit, coupled with the ’30s updo? Need I say more? #stylegoals
  • Rutger Hauer is so inspired as Roy Batty. Where do I even begin? He is “more human than human” — Frankenstein’s monster for the modern era, a deranged Romeo. He weeps as he kills his creator, he mourns the death of Pris by smearing her blood on his lips, and at the last moment, he saves Deckard from certain death. And he utters these lovely lines while clutching a dove in a rainstorm:

    I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time… like tears in rain… Time to die.


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