Yikes. It’s been a while since I’ve winced over anything I’ve seen in a show, but the part where our friends practically blow up the perp’s shoulder got a real reaction out of me. The Dominators (or whatever they’re called) finally live up to their name.
Putting the visceral down and picking up the cerebral, I found that the senior agent’s inexperience with social networking services - - of all things - - was actually the most thought-provoking part of this episode. To quibble at first, it’s maybe a bit of an amusing plot hole for him to be acting so out-of-touch with a technology that ain’t all too dissimilar from Facebook. If this takes place in the kind of far future it needs to, you’d assume that he’d be a young man today, at the oldest, and all this nonsense would be old hat to him by the time he reached middle age.
It’s a silly point. We’ll let it slide. However, it still does bring up one of the more consistent miscalls in speculative fiction - - the notion that the ratio of dumb people to profound thinkers will be any different in the future. Make no mistake: every rapid advance in technology is eventually going to be put in the service of the same dumb shit that makes you roll your eyes today. You can just look at any collection of Tweets for proof that.
I’m thinking about that while these eager beavers are having their little philosophical discourse in the office. Certainly, such a discussion fits the particular speakers’ pay grade (though it’s still stretching it just a little), but I usually find these sorts of dialogs’ occurrence need more suspension of disbelief than all the far-our gadgets. This sort of thing made me roll my eyes during GHOST IN THE SHELL - - I just had hard time buying grunts be reflective enough to debate Kant while driving to a job - - but I think I give a pass here, again, simply because the issues seem more pertinent to me.
Hopefully, there will be less of this stuff going forward. I feel like the surprise about Kogami’s past as a regular inspector said a lot more just through understated implications. (I also thought it was hilarious that Tsuenomori immediately Googled the answer after Ginoza brought it up. Now, that's totally believable).