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Somewhere, Blade Runner's Roy Batty Just Stepped Off the Assembly Line

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According to Ridley Scott’s 34-year-old (!!!) scifi classic Blade Runner, January 8th, 2016, is the day the replicant designated N6MAA10816 was first incepted. But you may know him better as Roy Batty, the philosophical, sociopathic antagonist played by Rutger Hauer in the film.

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I’d wish Roy a happy birthday, but since he has a lifespan artificially limited to four years—and we know from the movie they’re not going to be a particularly happy four years—it seems kind of disingenuous. Hopefully, he’ll be able to take comfort in being able to see things we people wouldn’t believe.


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So I have tried several times to watch Blade Runner, but just can’t get into it. What am I doing wrong?