The Resistance is Real
Considering the mysterious Black Out had limited (but powerful) effects, the replicant resistance in Blade Runner 2049 seeks a more lasting coup d'état. Led by Freysa (Hiam Abbass), this band of vigilantes has long played a role in freeing the dystopian society from the slave-dependent culture that built it. Though working as a single entity, they are individualists at heart. Desperate to achieve and protect their people's freedom, they are motivated by the rumored existence of Rachael's daughter, who to them represents a savior. While longing to be in her presence, the resistance also seeks to bring down Wallace and his cruel conglomerate.
Through Officer K, we encounter the eviscerating truth that faced Fresya and each of her followers at one point in their lives. Despite their most fervent confidence, they are not Deckard's sons or daughters. They are replicants cursed with an understanding of the human experience but denied their right to enjoy it. As K slowly learns to accept this truth, he also learns to accept his life's mission and fate.
Wallace Questions Deckard's Humanity
Niander Wallace is a megalomaniac, but he's also a major monologist. In lieu of his apparently-absent eyesight, he speaks like a Greek philosopher at cocktail hour. Considering himself the god of his people, he does what he likes with each of his synthetic offspring. When he isn't wantonly slicing open his replicant children, he enjoys penetrating the vulnerable minds of men like Deckard.
Launching into yet another screed on the nature of existence and fate, Wallace strongly implies that Deckard was designed for a specific purpose: to meet Rachael, to impregnate her, and to forever change the natural order of replicant events. As a look of horror washes over Deckard's face, Wallace wobbles on his wordplay: "if you were designed." As with whether Han Solo or Greedo shot first, the mystery over Deckard's humanity will exist for time immemorial.
Deckard Rejects Rachael 2.0
"Her eyes were green." If ever a man so convincingly spat in the face of a god, it's hard to top Deckard's diss at Wallace. Though the titan of replicant industry has every material good at his disposal, he stills covets what Deckard brought into existence. In longing to find the famed replicant child, he appeals to Deckard's most human desires. By resurrecting the (nearly) exact form of his old lover, Rachael, Wallace tempts Deckard to touch the flame.
Though he gazes into her eyes and recalls their relationship, Deckard finds a glitch in the design; her eyes were green, not brown. As the erstwhile blade runner turns from the Rachael impostor, Wallace bristles with umbrage and orders Luv to execute the replicant on the spot.
Deckard Reunites With Stelline
Though Blade Runner 2049 left many unanswered questions on the table, it gave full closure to Deckard's journey to meet his daughter. Thanks to K's selfless sacrifice, Deckard finally gets a minute alone with his long-lost daughter. Busy making snow-set memories, Stelline tells her visitor to wait just a moment.
As he is wont to do, Deckard remains silent and approaches the glass barrier that separates him from his daughter. Without saying a word, he approaches the enclosure, places his hand on the glass, and smiles. Deckard is finally reunited with his family.
- Blade Runner 2049 (2017) release date: Oct 06, 2017