Blade Runner seems to be unable to decide whether Nexus 6 Replicants are easy or hard to identify using the Voight-Kampff test. I'm wondering if there is a story explanation for this.
- Case 1: Leon (Brion James)
Leon is being tested in the first scene of the movie. Leon does very poorly: he interrupts with so many clarifying questions that the test administrator can barely get the first question out, and then he shoots the guy dead when the second question proves challenging.
Score: 1 question answered (probably failed that question)
- Case 2: Rachael (Sean Young)
Deckard tests Rachael at Tyrell's insistence: "I want to see a negative before I provide you with a positive." Even though Tyrell essentially states that Rachael is human, and Deckard says the test only needs 20-30 questions to identify a Replicant, he inexplicably asks three or four times as many questions. And when the test finally leads him to the answer that he was told not to expect, he's still uncertain enough that he states his conclusion as a question rather than a fact: "She's a Replicant, isn't she?"
Score: 100 questions answered (possibly 70+ answered satisfactorily)
Both Leon and Rachael are Nexus 6 Replicants (probably):
- While he briefs Deckard, Captain Bryant's computer screen states explicitly that Leon is a Nexus 6
- It is implied that Rachael is a Nexus 6, although the movie leaves enough wiggle room for her to be something else (Tyrell concedes that she is a Replicant and says she is "an experiment" but does not mention which generation, and Bryant's statement that "there is a Nexus 6 [at Tyrell's]" might refer to someone other than Rachael)
If Rachael is representative of Nexus 6 performance on the V/K test, then Leon should have performed similarly. Or, at least better than crashing and burning spectacularly.
Or, if Leon is representative of Nexus 6 V/K performance, then nobody should be worried that Nexus 6 models are difficult to detect, because they would not be. I actually think the movie gives us no choice but to believe that Leon did worse than a Nexus 5: since Nexus 6 is new, Deckard's expectation of 20-30 questions would be based on blade runners' experiences with older models.
It seems like the movie cannot make up its mind whether the Nexus 6 is comically handicapped like Leon, or supremely life-like (in the way that would be necessary to motivate the film's philosophical concerns).
Am I misinterpreting the evidence, or overlooking something? Is there a story explanation for this?