There is, of course, a perfectly logical point of commonality between these two dystopias: the prominence of genetic engineering in both settings. But the exact details of the connection are a little harder to tease out.
So much depends on what became of International Genetic Technologies, Inc (better known as InGen). While the third film makes it fairly clear that the company itself is most likely gone, it’s unlikely that the valuable intellectual properties it developed have been forgotten. We know from the first film that InGen had an industrial espionage problem even when things were going well – how much worse will that have gotten when there isn’t enough money to maintain security?
So one way or another, it seems likely that the genetic advances spearheaded by John Hammond have made their way into the hands of Eldon Tyrell. And Tyrell, of course, took them to the next level, improving on and even perfecting some of the things Hammond had tried and failed to create. (Most notably, of course, an off-switch.)
But there’s no way this experimentation was perfect or painless. Somewhere out there in space – perhaps near the shoulder of Orion, or by the Tannhauser Gate – there is a world (or possibly more than one) populated by the discards of Tyrell’s research. The unusably mutated, the horrifically miscagenated, the irretrievably insane failures of a genetic crash research program. All trying to survive in a world they never made (and to which they are very poorly suited), to build lives and even civilisations armed with little more than race memory. (Being a properly parsimonious businessmen, it is likely that Tyrell uses this place to help train replicants intended for military use – might as well get some return for that investment, right?)
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