11:04:10 PM Feb 10th 2012
edited by Arivne
edited by Arivne
03:34:05 AM Dec 24th 2011
03:57:27 PM Sep 26th 2011
Regarding the Alan E. Nourse novel "The Blade Runner": Should we give it a page to itself? Possibly put a brief summation in a trivia section? Go into more detail lower down on the page while discussing a relevent trope?
05:13:34 AM Jun 4th 2010
Following a recent edit-tussle over whether or not Blade Runner is cyberpunk, someone posted this as a reason for restoring it: "It is cyberpunk due to the Replicants attempting to fight the highly technological system. (Hint: Deckard verges on being a Villain Protagonist.) 1a) One of the film's themes is the dehumanizing effect of technology and the pressing weight of it on society. Read: the film is cyberpunk." It strikes me that "fighting the highly technological system" and having "the dehumanizing effect of technology" as a theme is an extremely broad pair of criteria. It would make "Brave New World", "Metropolis" and many many other SF works cyberpunk.
07:06:14 AM Jun 4th 2010
Well, they pretty much -are-. The problems of (then) present industrial society writ large into a technocratic dystopia - cyberpunk to a T. Sure, they predate the term by decades, but hey - genres often postdate their greatest works. They're Ur Examples, Trope Makers, and all that!
01:56:08 AM Apr 17th 2010
For me Roy Batty's last words are a Crowning Moment of Awesome: I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched C beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time like tears in rain. Should this go in?
02:09:51 AM Apr 17th 2010
Well, as Tearjerker is already obviously implied along with Awesome, I would say this is more of a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, as it fully affirms Batty's humanity and his love for life.
09:56:46 AM Apr 17th 2010
But as it says in Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, merely being a tearjerker isn't enough. Its got to leave you feeling good. Batty still dies. If discovery of his humanity had saved him then that might have qualified, except that it would have become narm rather than heart warming.