September 11, 2007 by Allen George
“I’ve…seen things you people wouldn’t believe”
— Roy Batty
I have remembered Roy’s final words since first watching Blade Runner. Its lines, short, unpretentious, evinced a rhythm almost musical in quality; the delivery, hushed, straddling the no-man’s land between smooth and practiced and uneven and halting, takes on a gravity when paired with Vangelis’ “Tears in the Rain.”
Those moments, born of events that exist now only as ephemeral threads in our memories, they define us, mold us. They form a gulf over which we cannot touch – our worlds are different. And soon, all we see, all we are, is lost.
Perhaps that is all Roy wanted – someone to see the world he did, for whom its map was the same.
Someone who understood the totality of him.