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More information about the Black Lotus anime will be released during the San Diego Comic Con on 25th July. The wiki page has been updated to contain all information that is currently known, so visit it to catch up before the announcement!
Hi all! I have an awesome update regarding the Unified Community Platform (UCP).
As a reminder, the UCP is a new unified platform giving users the up-to-date MediaWiki experience including the latest features! More can be found here as a reminder.
In terms of new updates, Fandom staff posted three staff blogs:
Unified Community Platform: The Vision, Purpose, and Process - This update provides a clearer idea as to the end goals of the platform. This includes mobile editing, latest features, customization options - and more! Mobile editing will be an especially popular addition, given the rising number of mobile users across Fandom.
Creating new wikis on the Unified Community Platform - Fandom now allows users to create new communities on the UCP! Users will be able to get a first look at the new platform. The wiki creation process will also aim to prevent duplicate wikis being created, allowing for users to contribute to active communities and be part of a Fandom project viewed by massive amounts of passionate fans!
Profile and Message Wall on the Unified Community Platform - Profiles are getting an update on the UCP, with a cleaner design and also more freedom for users to express themselves. More fields have been added and you can now add a banner image like you can on Twitter and other social media sites. Message Wall is also receiving a lift, getting a cleaner design more in line with Discussions to keep things consistent.
What do you think of these updates? Comment below and feel free to leave questions on those blog posts so staff can respond! :)
Will anyone else here be buying this?
I bought the original version when it was re-released on GOG and think it's really good, though I haven't finished playing it yet. But I'll definitely be getting it on PS4.
I'm here to let you know that staff have exciting plans for the future of video on Fandom, including the future of what was Featured Video (FV) and what is replacing it.
A replacement for FV, titled The Loop, is set to be a mini-show that will be different for each vertical, highlighting the latest news from topics relating to that vertical. The best bit? These videos will use wiki articles and will encourage users to visit the wikis featured in the videos to find out more.
As a new episode of The Loop will be released weekly, you will see a wide variety of wikis of featured so there is every chance yours will be featured too!
Please see the latest staff blog for more details and feel free to ask me any questions!
Secondly, staff posted a blog about Fandom in 2019 and the amazing things achieved! Here's to a great 2020. :)
Fandom staff posted two important and exciting blogs recently which I wanted to make you aware of!
The title sounds really fancy and complicated, but this boils down to Fandom recommending content you want to see. Fandom has received feedback from users who are receiving recommendations to visit certain wikis they are not interested in.
With this data driven approach, users on a wiki will receive recommendations for new communities to visit based on what typical readers of that subject are interested in. That way you can attract like-minded users to your community and you get to visit other wikis you are interested in!
Please do read the blog for more information. If you have any questions on this, please feel free to let me know!
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The blog is packed with details so please do give it a read! Also feel free to ask me any questions.
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To Sci-Fi fans, The entire month of November is entirely dedicated to the 1982 film, Blade Runner! But, This particular Blade Runner month is special. This is because the film takes place in not only the same month but, Also the same year!!!!, Which is RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!! Are you excited??
As of this post, it is November 2019 in Los Angeles; Blade Runner no longer takes place in the future, but rather an alternate history.
In observance of this month, I will be watching one version of Blade Runner a week.
How will you be celebrating?
This arguement will never be finished, but I step into the fray once more, this time with a thought about the unicorn that I have never observed elsewhere.
I saw Blade Runner in a theater in Aspen Hill, Maryland during it’s debut summer release in 1982. I had seen the preview and was mesmerized by the idea of a near-future interpretation of a film noir detective story. It looked so cool, and it was, but not quite what I was expecting. That was certainly the case for many critics and audiences.
Few films have achived the cult status and critical aclaim Blade Runner did after floping at the box office. And even fewer films have spawned as much controversy. Specifically, and most controversial, has been the question of whether or not Blade Runner Rick Deckard is himself a replicant. I’ll never fully understand why some people seem to want Deckard to be a replicant. Phillip K. Dick certainly didn’t write Blade Runner’s inspirational novel, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep, that way. It is the human/replicant conflicts that drive the story.
I guess some have a weird desire to bend the story to fit their own ideas or perceptions of some secret or some revelation so that only they among a select few understand what others are missing. It seems it is a desire to be unique, to appear elite and more sophisticated and knowledgeable than the general public; a desire to put their own stamp on something even if it goes against logic and fact. Unfortunately, holding onto such an opinion in the face of contrary evidence only makes them look like what they are trying to oppose and separate from. Instead of appearing more insightful and intellectual about the issue, they look quite narrow-minded and ignorant of the truth, failing to see past their own creative and observational prejudicies.
Blade Runner is a great cinematic example of Occam’s Razor. But fools rush in and simply must over-complicate and over-science. I find such mentality to be misguided and destructive to the inherent message of the story that the creators worked so hard to deliver. Don’t turn the story into something you want it to be. Accept it and enjoy it for what it is. This is the arch fault of most film critics. I swear, so many of them don’t really seem to enjoy the movies they see. How many have written a successful screenplay — one that made it into production? How many have acted in or produced or directed a film? How many have academic backgrounds in film? I find most critics verbose and cliched as they attempt to be witty and appear insighful. Anyone can be a critic as they so readily prove.
Of course, none of this explains why director Ridley Scott was so hell-bent to make Deckard a replicant (ten years after the film’s theatrical release with his infamous Director’s Cut). Nor does it explain how a director of his stature could put out something like Prometheus — a film so riddled with plot holes and disconnects that I simply could not take my own advice and enjoy it for what it was.
Blade Runner prevails by being such a cool throwback to film noir detective movies and a touching love story all set in a remarkable and original setting. It is surprisingly simple and beautiful and doesn’t deserve all the rampant speculation and conjecture it has had to endure over the decades. Count me as one of the most dedicated, stubborn, long-suffering, and fanatical believers that Deckard IS NOT a replicant! He simply fell in love with one.
I've read many arguments against my position. And I've made my counter-arguements. But more than what clues and implications we all take from the various versions of the film, I have always believed that the sheer beauty and power of the film rests on this: that Deckard, as a human, not only finds himself falling in love with one of the beings he has hunted and killed during his career, but incredibly has his life saved by, not one, but two different replicants! First of course is when Rachel shoots Leon (a replicant killing another replicant, no less!); and secondly, when Roy shows a truly human side of himself and saves Deckard after trying so hard to viciously kill him. If Deckard is a replicant, then these stunning events lose all meaning, all of their power, and all of the beauty of the film is wasted. If they are all replicants, who cares if they fall in love with each other. We already get that from Roy and Pris. But a human and a replicant -- now that is something truly endearing.
It’s argued that Deckard’s unicorn dream in the Director's Cut(s) is part of proof positive that Deckard is a replicant. I completely disagree. Those who believe that this scene somehow overshadows all arguments in favor of Deckard's humanity don't get to have it both ways. They don't get to point to the Director's Cut as being definitive while ignoring the original theatrical release and its voice over. The Director’s Cut was released 10 years after the theatrical release! This would be tantamount to a director’s cut of Gone With The Wind being released ten years later in which we discover that the real reason Rhett Butler didn’t want to stay with Scarlet is because he was gay.
Denis Villenueve, director of the superb Blade Runner sequel, Blade Runner 2049, got it right when he said he doesn’t like director’s cuts. “I will say that there’s no great things that are being lost. When I cut something it’s dead. It means it was not good enough. Even if sometimes I’m cutting my favorite shots, I still strongly think that when it’s cut on the floor of the editing room it should not go back to see the light of day again.”
Those who disagree don't get to have it both ways. The original theatrical release is every bit as canon as everything else in the Blade Runner universe. You don't get to pick and choose the elements that fit your argument. All of it must be considered.
Which means that everything Deckard says during the often maligned voice over in the original theatrical release is valid and true. It is legitimately canon -- as canon as anything else one might point to. Which would, for example, shed quite a bit of doubt in that the LAPD would have allowed its secret Deckard replicant to have a wife! "Implanted memories" the Deckard's-a-replicant crowd will scream. The back story and infrastructure of Deckard having always been a replicant destroys the fundamental conflict in the film. Why make the movie at all if it's not about a human and a replicant and the intriguing conflicts their relationship creates?
But I believe the most powerful argument against the unicorn viewpoint is quite simply explained. Recall that Gaff says "It's too bad she won't live. But then again, who does?” Clearly he is showing sympathy for Deckard and the fact that he has fallen in love with a replicant. If he knew Deckard was a replicant, why would he care about the two of them and why would he single out Rachel's imminent demise?
When Deckard returns to his apartment to get Rachel, he discovers that Gaff has been there and let her live. Why didn't Gaff kill her? Why did he let them escape? Again, he had sympathy for Deckard's situation. And most importantly, the origami unicorn can easily be explained away. A unicorn is a symbol for good luck. Gaff was leaving a little message for Deckard that he hoped everything would work out for he and Rachel. Deckard's little nod of acknowledgement when he picks up the unicorn shows he understands and appreciates what Gaff has done. This simple gesture negates the unicorn dream's supposed significance in the Director's Cut -- an addition that looks ridiculously out-of-place ten years later.
In retrospect, the film maintains its brilliance as one of the most influential science fiction movies of all time. And the phenomonal Vangelis soundtrack, just like the movie, continues to inspire my own musical creativity.
I really like the image but it is not in the new film. I think I read that it was created by a digital artist. But not sure who and can’t find that article. I really want to know the origin as I liked it so much I painted it
I might also post this on Soldier's talk page, but figured I should put it here first.
Something that's been on my mind lately as I've been editing is the film Soldier. It's here on the Wiki because David Peoples wrote it as a "spin-off sidequel" to Blade Runner. As such, there are a couple of nods to Blade Runner in the film, such as an appearance by a spinner and name-checking the Tannhäuser Gate and Shoulder of Orion. Of course, these could also be considered merely easter eggs, as the film also references at least seven other Kurt Russell films and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
Now, I don't mind Soldier being on this Wiki because of Peoples saying it's a Blade Runner film (I'm not sure if anyone else involved with the production consider it to be "Blade Runner canon") and I don't think anything in it contradicts Blade Runner material in any way (though it's been years since I've actually watched Soldier). Also, I doubt anyone's going to make a Wiki just for the film Soldier, so I think it's a good enough home for it all here, although there isn't currently much Soldier info on the Wiki. The priorities are clearly Blade Runner and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, as it should be.
But enough blabbering from me. Is anyone adamant about Soldier's removal? Is everyone just like me and will just let it be? Anyone REALLY want Soldier to stay on here (and hopefully willing to help expand the related articles)?
It had just occurred to me - why don't the creators of Replicants just put tracking implants in them so Blade Runners can track them easier? Would surely stop the need for a VK test?
The Van Ness Pet Hospital is up to something... #ExposeVanNess
So I am soon going to the Blade Runner Final Cut Secret Cinema experience, where participants are assigned characters and required to wear a full costume. I have bought the tickets as a surprise present for somebody who loves the movie, however, I am in charge of sorting our costumes and I am not familiar enough with the film to know what is best to wear. We have been assigned 'scavengers', the website suggests clear rain macs, goggles etc. But in terms of hair/makeup what would this entail? I have a blue wig? And is there any other good costume pieces, for both guys and girls I could buy? Thanks! x
I’m going to post my short film I just finished called Blade Runner: Revolution on my channel very soon!
My name is Alex and I’m a 17 year old Filmmaker from Canada. I worked really hard on this short project so if for whatever reason someone doesn’t like it please tell me why in the comments. Your feedback is appreciated!
Been looking for the oriental looking dress she wears on the cover or one similar for my girlfriend for valentines, does anybody know any sources.
Hi. Does anyone here own a copy of the UK 4-disc 4K version of Blade Runner?