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Blade Runner - Rachael

Rachael, played by Sean Young.


"I'm not in the business. I am the business."

The latest experiment of Eldon Tyrell. There is a problem with his more recent, advanced Nexus 6 Replicants - they start to develop their own emotions. The other Reps we see provide plenty evidence that this is true. They then start to rebel, (against being slaves?). Tyrell believes that this is because they have no framework within which to deal with their new emotions. Thus, if he can just gift them with memories, he hopes that this will help them cope better and therefore be a "better product".

Rachael is created, but more than just having implanted memories of Tyrell's niece, she is led to believe that she is human. We do not know how long she has been "switched on", but Tyrell admits that he thinks she was "beginning to suspect".

Rachael figures it out and is then ignored by Tyrell. In desperation she turns to Deckard, who has been told by Captain Bryant to terminate her. But he has fallen for her. Many possibilities exist in interpreting their relationship, some of them depending on whether or not you believe Deckard is himself a Replicant.

Both of them are allowed to live - Deckard by Roy, and Rachael by Gaff, who leaves his calling card (foil unicorn) to show he's been there. They leave together. How long will they have together? Well, as Gaff famously says, "Its too bad she won't live. But then again who does?" Does Gaff have all the facts? Does Rachael actually have a 4 year lifespan? How long will Deckard live? How long will any of us live?

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