Now, this is what I’d like to see more of.
While I still think the series could benefit from a more brazen, over-the-top, DEMOLITION MAN-like approach to its action satire, I’m endlessly fascinated by all the angles on behaviorism that are being explored here. As such, the scene where Kogami brings Tsunemori along for a quick lesson on profiling with his old mentor was the real centerpiece for me.
See, to strum once more on the notions suggested by this show’s vision of social-networking in the future, I think progress in any field inevitably brings regularity and systematization In plainer terms, where once you might have occasionally showed a family photo album to guests when they’d be over for a visit, Facebook and such have now allowed you to show pics from every vacation to everybody you know at once. Here, it's the criminal profiler who's becoming obsolete because everything he’d once observed, as partial and flawed human being, is now calculated and evaluated by this Psycho-Pass thing.
There’s always the idea, of course, of an elusive “X-Factor” that human intuition can sense, but no advanced machine can ever quantify; and that makes the guy’s party favor about on Tsunemori particularly amusing. Utopias don’t like unpredictable X-Factors, of course, and we see that here with even the dangerous ideas put forth in this guy's classroom being boxed as potentially harmful sensations. Or perhaps, as sensations that only a certain percentage of people can handle. That’s a scary idea that’s unfortunately been bandied about lately during discussions of whether some people can’t properly digest violent media.
OK OK OK… enough psycho babble.
As you can tell, this show gets me thinking, and I like it for that. Yeah, on a basic level, it was fun to see a character moment like Tsunemori finally showing some backbone during the browbeating session at the end. However, I find it more interesting that she only shows that confidence because - - just as everybody fears - - an anti-social idea has been planted in her head via her meeting with the profiler.
Chew on that on, now.