Now that the organ theft sub-plot has had a chance to develop more, it seems a little less antithetical to the show’s whole premise, doesn’t it?
I’ve read a couple other critiques of the show online, and some folks have really taken issue with the notion of Kamui tricking the Sibyll System by sewing “clear hued” organs into the bodies of his “dirty hued” followers. I guess that development didn’t stick out to me that much last episode because, to be honest, sometimes it’s tricky to keep up with the dense exposition doled out during the cops’ forensic conversations. (I’m still not 100% clear on how Kamui’s been using all his dead co-passengers’ aged-up holograms, either).
That’s fine for me, though. I go by more on the broadstroke impressions the show makes on me, and that was my philosophy whenever the first season was as guilty of feeling like CSI: ANIME.
Yes, the idea that a person’s organs shape his or her Psycho-Pass runs counter to the notion of the “Crime Coefficient” being a code-word for the soul or psyche. I’d rather they not explore it much further beyond Kamui being a literal and figurative Frankenstein creature getting revenge on the drug company that created him. But...
Now that that twist has been tied to the revelation of Panopticon (an earlier, heterodox alternative to Sibyll), I can’t help but see some parallels to the divisions between Eastern and Western medicine here. Do you find the idea of your emotions being effected by your liver, or a very specific point on your sole, to be laughable unscientific? Well, there are thousands-unto-millions of people on the other side of the Pacific who still swear by it today.
The fact that the characters themselves are arguing about the validity of this, I think, actually bolsters this season’s greater theme - - that any organized system of law is still an inherently arbitrary social construction. Lest we forget, the big revelation last season was that purportedly-objective Sibyll still had preferences. At the end of the day, the notion of good and evil are still defined by somebody’s opinion. Who’s to say that anything we’ve been told about the Psycho-Pass so far has reflected this universe’s actual science, and not Sibyll’s agenda? Maybe every time the Inspectors blew somebody away, it was simply because Sibyll wanted them to?