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Baseline Test machine in LAPD Headquarters

The Baseline Test is an examination designed to measure any emotional deviance by Nexus-9 Replicant models (and perhaps previous models). To be "Off Baseline" would be considered a failure of such test.

OverviewEdit

The Baseline Test constitutes a part of police protocol in the Blade Runner section of the force. Officer KD6-3.7 or "K" is subjected to the Baseline Test twice, failing the examination the second time.

Unlike its predecesor in the Voight-Kampff Test, the Baseline Test is conducted by an unseen questioner (perhaps another police officer) who recites the examination through a machine opposite the subject under questioning. Throughout exam, which is rather short in comparison to the V-K Test, the questions, with the intonation and tempo in which they are asked, are rather impersonal.

Excerpt from The Art and Soul of Blade Runner 2049 by Tanya LapointeEdit

"In the original Blade Runner, the Voight-Kampff method was used to distinguish Replicants from humans. In this film, a more advanced technology analyzes a Replicant's operational stability. 'The Baseline is designed to test the effects of a Blade Runner's job on his brain and psyche', explains Ryan Gosling. 'Because they have to kill their own kind, they constantly need to be assessed as to wether their work is having some kind of moral impact on them'".

The Baseline Test: LAPD Officer K (Pass)Edit

Interrogator: "Officer K-D-six-dash-three-dot-seven, let's begin. Ready?"

K: "Yes, sir".

Interrogator: "Recite your baseline".

K: "And blood-black nothingness began to spin... A system of cells interlinked within cells interlinked within cells interlinked within one stem... And dreadfully distinct against the dark, a tall white fountain played".

Interrogator: "Cells".

K: "Cells".

Interrogator: "Have you ever been in an institution? Cells".

K: "Cells".

Interrogator: "Do they keep you in a cell? Cells."

K: "Cells."

Interrogator: "When you're not performing your duties do they keep you in a little box? Cells".

K: "Cells".

Interrogator: "Interlinked".

K: "Interlinked".

Interrogator: "What's it like to hold the hand of someone you love? Interlinked".

K: "Interlinked".

Interrogator: "Did they teach you how to feel finger to finger? Interlinked".

K: "Interlinked".

Interrogator: "Do you long for having your heart interlinked? Interlinked".

K: "Interlinked".

Interrogator: "Do you dream about being interlinked... ?"

K: "Interlinked".

Interrogator: "What's it like to hold your child in your arms? Interlinked".

K: "Interlinked".

Interrogator: "Do you feel that there's a part of you that's missing? Interlinked".

K: "Interlinked".

Interrogator: "Within cells interlinked".

K: "Within cells interlinked".

Interrogator: "Why don't you say that three times: Within cells interlinked".

K: "Within cells interlinked. Within cells interlinked. Within cells interlinked".

Interrogator: "We're done... Constant K, you can pick up your bonus”.

K: "Thank you, sir".

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