APPENDIX TO BLADE RUNNER REVIEW

AGENT SWARM

After completing my review of BLADE RUNNER 2049 I was curious to see how the post-Althusserian ideology critique crowd would see the film.

I was disappointed with Zizek’s review, as it was less ontologically oriented and more reductively Oedipal and political than his comments on the original BLADE RUNNER in THE TICKLISH SUBJECT.

The narrative presupposes that passing the Turing test is not a problem, at least for the new breed of Nexus-9 replicants, but the problem of empathy remains unsolved at the beginning of the film. The narrative entangles K, the obedient blade runner willing to kill his own kind, within a fantasmatic Oedipal triangle which serves as a temporary catalyst for the genesis of empathy.

Once this fantasy is deconstructed in the real he becomes capable of a free non-Oedipally programmed empathy. In effect, it is when he traverses the Oedipal fantasy that he can accede to…

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