Following the antagonistic androids (Roy, Leon, etc.) in Blade Runner paint’s a different picture of their intent compared to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Their motives in the film are directed towards attaining longevity, and they believe they can do this through contacting their creators. Throughout the film, Roy sequentially seeks out those influenced in his creation, ultimately reaching his “father” Eldon Tyrell, in a microcosmic reflection of men seeking their own creators and gaining insight in their own life.
Roy starts off by finding Chew (28:45), who’s in charge of designing the eyes of the Nexus-6 units. Eyes, being the window of the soul, is an eloquent way to start Roy’s existential journey of attaining a longer life. And from Chew, he finds Sebastian who is in charge of genetic sequencing of the Nexus-6 units. Sebastian even says “there’s a part of me in you” (1:17:00), reminiscent to the idea that “God created man in his image” or with Adam giving his rib to create Eve. Both Chew and Sebastian have parts of themselves in the androids, which makes the androids similar to humans, but at the same time denotes the subservience that comes with the gift of life; much like how people worship God and serve him through theology and practice.
But Roy is fed with serving man, and thus acts “sacrilegious” because of the limitations that his creators put in place on him. When Roy gets the chance to “meet his maker” (1:23:05) he is essentially asking to prolong his life through various methods and is shot down with every hypothesis he proposes. In a way, this could be reflective of God, how we humans would probably seek answers from him when we have signs of distress or problems that we seek guidance to overcome. Likewise, we expect no “direct” response (like in prayer) from God or we simply interpret it as “God’s will” in determining our fates. Additionally, with the android’s 4 year life span, we have “infinite” life compared to them, much like how God has infinite life compared to us humans. And when Roy inevitably kills his “father” (again, God being the father of all men), he is essentially deciding to pave his own path and completely abandon mankind, the creatures that gave him life.
So does this betrayal to humans mean that Roy is essentially a heretic to those he must worship? Or is he justified in paving his own destiny by killing “god” to save himself by any means necessary? In any case, there is a preconceived idea that chains of command come from who brought onto who. God brought about man, and man brought about machines; man serves God, and machines serve man…or at least that’s how things are expected to go.