Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Tonight I have been watching Blade Runner, the story set in a futuristic society in 2019. Much as I enjoy the story my memory fastens on the last moments of a Replicant. Replicants are indistinguishable from humans except they have no memories--until they are four years old. It is the job of Blade Runners to kill rogue Replicants. I love Harrison Ford in the role of the Blade Runner but it is Rutger Hauer who gets my attention in the role of the Replicant Roy Batty.

A Replicant denied feelings until the moment he dies defies understanding. This is what you see as Roy Batty dies: the birth of feelings. It is unbearably poignant.

I couldn't help but reflect on the future as I watched Blade Runner. In the film cars have taken to the skies. My husband was in Osaka, Japan some years ago and talks about freeways six stories in the air which seems to me to be very much the same thing. Would we be able to get in a car to shop if that car was going six stories in the air? Yet in San Francisco we ride trains that travel under San Francisco Bay and think nothing of it.

What do you think the future will be like?


Heidi said...

faster, louder, more disconnected. With a lot more toys that don't make us any happier.

I'm feeling optimistic today. Can you tell?

marsh to the fore said...

And much more crowded! Much more frantic without much to really improve our lives. Looks like we're both wearing our optimistic caps today!

Kerri said...

People will be more "linked" i.e. internet, mobile phones, etc. But soon we'll forget how to hod a pen, have a face-to-face conversation.

I hope we find a way to compensate, but that's how I see it.

marsh to the fore said...

I agree with you. It reminds me of the first couple that I saw with cellphones (in London)maybe 10 years ago. They each had one and they were talking on them, maybe to someone else but maybe to each other!