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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Tannhäuser Gate: 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 rain. Time... to die.

Tannhäuser Gate is presumably an off world or space portal mentioned by Roy Batty played by Rutger Hauer at the conclusion of "Blade Runner" in his final monologue before he dies. It is a symbolic remote door to another place more desirable than the dystopian Los Angeles of 2019-2020. Humans have merely transplanted and transformed slavery onto the Nexus 6 "robot" beings with a four year lifespan and implanted memories. Being "more human than human" they are conscious of their slavery to their "makers" as well as their superior strength and abilities. A metaphor for the masses, I suppose; an imagined one.