Psycho Pass has become the kind of show where I have some misgivings while watching the episode but generally enjoy it, probably because it has lots of things blowing up. But then I go eat dinner, think the episode over, sleep on it for a bit and suddenly wake up yelling “why the fuck does everyone get killed by Dominators now”. Normally I write the episodic post very soon after I watch the episode so I don’t get that far in my thought process, but this week I slept on it and now I’m mad.
My main sticking point, and something that represents much larger problems with this new season of Psycho Pass as a whole, is the fact every single one of the enforcers apparently have a psycho pass over 300. Remember literally the very first episode of the first season where Akane shot Kougami so he wouldn’t shoot the rape victim? He had a Psycho Pass in the 100’s somewhere so the dominator went to paralyser mode. I guess the writers for this new season completely forgot there even was a paralyser mode when writing this season. Surely one of the people running out of the building from episode 4 would have just been stunned. Surely one of these enforcers had a psycho pass under 300.
It’s making the whole Sibyl system seem stupider and stupider. Yes the point of the show is that Sibyl is the wrong way to run society, but we have to come to that conclusion naturally. Take Death Note as an example (yes I’m being a hopeless fanboy but bear with me). The writer is really careful about telling us that Light has no mistakes in his methods. There are no false positives. He doesn’t kill people where there may be a mistake in the conviction. He doesn’t kill people who feel genuinely sorry for their actions. He kills Bad People. If it wasn’t that meticulous about the methodology, the reader could come to the conclusion that he’s wrong because his methods are bad. But when you can see the perfect logic and execution in his methods, you are forced to come to the conclusion that the underlying theory is wrong.
Psycho Pass season 1, for all its problems, presented Sibyl as a genuinely legitimate way to run the country. Latent criminals were locked up, not blown up on the spot. People were naturally given jobs they were good at. Your life is decided for you because Sibyl knows what’s best for you. In one of the last episodes, the author clearly lays out what he felt was the underlying message in Psycho Pass: That you must be free to make your own mistakes. Sibyl is wrong because the underlying philosophy of running a country like that is wrong. Not because Sibyl is fucking stupid. Which is what season 2 of Psycho Pass is presenting us with and it’s basically why season 2 is bullshit.
That’s before we start getting into some of the other problems. The animation took a major nosedive this episode with all the movement looking super clunky. Then there was the end where Akane stopped a guy shooting the rifle because…she thinks Kamui may be Kougami or something? Given how dumb the rest of this season has been, then sure why not. Also yeah OK maybe she had some morality issues with ordering her pet man to shoot Kamui, but he can still shoot the boat to stop him running away and call him in for questioning. Isn’t that how Akane wants to run things? At this point she comes across like a Precure villain who randomly decides to run away even when the Precures are weak and on their last legs. It’s stupid. The whole thing is bloody stupid. And it looks ugly. And it probably smells bad too.