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PSYCHO-PASS 2 #3-4 -- Watch & Learn

Who watches the watchmen, indeed.

As this series has gone along, it’s reminded me more of Asimov’s classic robot novels. Those books, of course, were notable for centering on the Three Laws of Robotics - - a set of rules that explicitly ordered a robot’s self-preservation impulse beneath its directive to protect human life. Many of the shorts in I, ROBOT, of course, were procedural mysteries detailing cases where robots might still murder human beings without violating those laws somehow.

PSYCHO-PASS is basically doing the same thing with the Sybill System, Dominators and Crime Coefficients. Season One set up the rules of the system, and showed the one notable exception to it. Now, Season Two is showing the multitude of ways that system can be gamed. We’ve now seen that Inspectors can be blown up by their own Dominators, and that innocent hostages can be (legally?) murdered by officers who won’t bother using their own judgment to discern terrified bystanders from malicious criminals.

The best part of this dialog is the little throwaway detail about how the professor voluntarily admits himself to custody. He’s all too aware that ‘bad ideas’ can be infectious - - as this hostage situation demonstrates - - and he knows that his secret meeting with Kogami will catch up with him, sooner or later. So, he’d rather cool his jets in a prison than decorate pavement somewhere when one of these trigger happy Inspectors blows him up.

If the hostages had been smart enough to grasp any of that, they might’ve walked away alive, but the show’s repeatedly stressed how regular civilians are basically sheep in this world. It’s not an accident that the Inspectors get referred to as bloodhounds, and the criminals might as well be wolves. This whole fiasco is a pointed follow-up to part in the first series where a crowd of bystanders just watched and took photos while a woman was beaten to death in public. Here, you have a dozen people who could easily over-power an old man with a stick, but they’re not going to act, because they don’t even know how to act anymore.

Watch "the Devil’s Proof" and "the Salvation of Job" decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode.

Kino88on Nov. 3, 2014 at 1:47 p.m.
I was absolutely blown away by how tragic and brutal the plot Has become in this series they've taken it to a whole new level, And it's made all the more disturbing by how much our own reality Is starting to foreshadow it all, After all as terrorism becomes more sneaky, and law enforcement becomes More controlling, we the people may be reduced to fearful sheep ourselves one day, all that's missing right now is the technology, and that can change fast, in short, this is deep stuff,
metalsnakezeroon Nov. 3, 2014 at 3:06 p.m.

Episode 4 was really messed up.

Marshal Victoryon Nov. 3, 2014 at 3:16 p.m.

One correction here. Enforcers are bloodhounds, Inspectors are their handlers.

@Kino88: Sheepeople have already damaged freedoms by just being sheepeople. The 1st season has so much to reflect on an this season seems to show us the mirror that could come.

JimeeJoon Nov. 4, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

i dont know if i really want to watch season two im kinda scared to watch it, i have such high hopes for it and im worried about being let down :P

Marshal Victoryon Nov. 4, 2014 at 2:43 p.m.

@JimeeJo: Its worth watching. No real book quotes tho. Think of the 1st season as the best world build set up season. An this season is stories in that world. Some things connect to the 1st perfectly. Have watched the 1st season 3 times an once for the "new cut" an this second season is worth watching.

But be warned all hype kills enjoyment. Go in thinking it will be average or no sequel is as good as the 1st , an you should be fine. Its to early to judge it by the 1st season but it ties in very well.

JimeeJoon Nov. 4, 2014 at 8:16 p.m.

@Marshal Victory: hmm okay thank you very much, it helpful you telling me this, i shall watch it with that mind set. ^-^

Marshal Victoryon Nov. 4, 2014 at 9:20 p.m.

@JimeeJo: No problem. Also when you catch up a bit check out http://www.animevice.com/forums/psycho-pass/1825/psycho-pass-anime-discussion-thread/334941/? we discuss the episodes their to.

I avoided the hype for the second season an went in thinking it would not be as good as the 1st season. Which was deep , fresh an a reflection of many things in the world atm. So far I am enjoying the 2nd season for what it is ,not what I want it to be.

JimeeJoon Nov. 5, 2014 at 9:06 a.m.

@Marshal Victory: okay cool beans :) i will be sure to check it out thank you very much i appreciate it

cool sounds very promising :)

takashichea moderator on Nov. 5, 2014 at 11:25 p.m.

Episode 4 blown me away (pun intended). Got to see how main villain act. I'm glad he's different from our charismatic villain of season 1, Shōgo Makishima.

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