“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I’ve watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain…”
—Roy Batty from Blade Runner
Blade Runner was my first Science Fiction film I ever watched. I had read science fiction before. But, this dystopian film was spectacular, and oh my yes, so very beautiful. The soundtrack by Vangelis, the incredible movie-making that was done to produce this, and Rutger Hauer’s and Harrison Ford’s incredible performances, I have never forgotten. Nor have I ever forgotten this final scene, showing the heartbroken android played by Rutger Hauer and his poignant desire to simply live beyond his programmed expiration date.
The human condition. We all face it. Yet, few truly embrace the reality that we are only here for a moment. Science fiction is so very intriguing to me. And oddly, my exposure to it, and particularly dystopian science fiction allowed me to find a sense of peace, and has allowed me to find meaning in this very strange experience, that we call life.
And, just like the dove that Roy releases, my spirit seeks flight.