I’m sorry, but this had to be one of the flimsiest whodunit’s I’ve ever seen in any sort of police procedural. Why even bother with the pretense of a murder mystery when there’s only ever one suspect, and he’s the poor sap who’s getting bullied in the middle of a cafeteria right when our heroes arrive on the scene.
One of you lunatics hyped up the arrival of the Dominators as being bringing this show closer to JUDGE DREDD territory, and I was pretty excited about the prospect. The name conjured visions of this team rolling out over-the-top robot enforcers who’d take care of business on the more dicey missions. Instead, they’re just like the handguns we’ve seen so much already, except that they do a little morphin’ before they deliver a bigger bang (a bit like Dredd’s Lawgiver in that respect, I see). If this show’s mad, it’s mad within some seriously narrow parameters.
Honestly, this show would benefit from leaning even closer to DREDD and going whole hog with its satirical intentions. If it went over-the-top, it could still make the serious points it wants to make, but it wouldn’t leave its plot holes and missteps as open to scrutiny as they are, right now.
That said, there is still a lot to chew on, conceptually, in this installment. I’m intrigued by the notion of this Big Government mapping out human nature enough to plan for the unavoidable “defects” of people’s personalities. The whole point of SEVEN SAMURAI (or SAMURAI 7, if you prefer), is that peaceful society has to call on violent, antisocial men during times of crisis in order to get things done.
Well, here we have a model of these violent men’s uselessness being mapped to specific lacunae that peaceful society can control. Likewise, the killer fits into the scheme of personalities that a literal social engineer has worked out to ensure a productive work place. That is, in a very Randian view of things, they recognize that elites (or comparative elites) kind-of need an inferior scapegoat to get their negative thoughts out on and reassert their dominance in order for them to function at peak performance.
Looking over this, I’d almost rather just read an essay by Urobuchi on these ideas instead of watching them get dramatized as shakily as they have been.