Blade Runner the movie has been endlessly analyzed by scholars, with good reason. However, has it become too much? What does this book add to the literature?
It turns out, quite a bit. The editors made a deliberate effort to try to collect articles that engage with Blade Runner in a new way. In fact, most of the articles focus on Blade Runner's relationship with other texts or communities outside of the film. Some focus on the film's depiction of Los Angeles compared to the real thing. Others focus on the fan community's engagement with the movie and other works related to Blade Runner. Oddly, the most interesting essay was the one that showed how K.W. Jeter's novels incorporated elements from the movies and Philip K. Dick's original novel.
If the book has a drawback, I'd say it relies a bit too much on anecdotes and fannish enthusiasm for the films. I just don't know what to take away from an article essentially interviewing two uber-fans of the movie. Maybe a more scientific or systematic survey would have shown a greater range of fandom and been more interesting.
Also, some of the essays might come across as academic navel-gazing (and I say this as an academic). The essay on post-modernism seems particularly erudite and seemed less about the film than about the debate about post-modernism (which again I'd imagine only interests a handful of people). I think the best way to approach the book is to read the introduction and then read the essays that sound most appealing.
Fortunately, the book has enough to please most Blade Runner fans. The essays in class and female identity I thought worked particularly well. Overall, 4.25 stars.