Haikus, Rated G

Roy Batty

“I’ve seen things,” Roy said.
“Blah, blah, blah, c-beams, blah, blah
“Like tears in the rain.”


According to Wikipedia: Actor Rutger Hauer improvised the short “Tears in the Rain” monologue in Ridley Scott’s 1982 neo-noir SF film Blade Runner. His character, Roy Batty, is a manufactured humanoid laborer called a replicant. He, like others of his kind, is genetically programmed with a four-year lifespan, a failsafe against them developing a humanlike emotional palette and revolting against their masters. Having come to Earth seeking a way to extend his life and those of his replicant comrades, at the end of the film, Batty is the sole survivor of his cadre, the others hunted and executed by Harrison Ford’s character, a cop named Deckard. In a downpour on top of a building, Batty, in his last seconds of life, says:

I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain. Time to die.

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