I must admit, this wasn’t a memorable episode of PSYCHO-PASS.
All build-up, and not of the exciting variety with a very joke-like conclusion – my way of summing up the latest episode of PSYCHO-PASS. A very disappointing statement I have to make, given the good start the series had which is slow slipping from its grasp. There was nothing new here to get excited about, it was the same literature lesson we get every episode with the series.
Something that you’ve grown to accept (like me) or you just wish they would cut out, because it is getting a little too pretentious. Max Weber is the most recent addition to the ever-growing list of Urobuchi’s philosophical and political debate. I won’t go into any detail, since the topic of conversation is once again beyond my area of expertise. The bare necessity I got from the episode was that Weber’s for a system void of any love, hate or strong emotion that clouds rational decision – what everyone else would assume to be the Sybil system. Well it doesn’t matter all that much since, as Kougami points out, Makishima would quote Foucault or Bentham as a rebuttal in their debate. More reminders that the polemic argument will have supporters from either side, with Makishima playing the anarchist with a love of chaos.
I suppose the only other memorable event in the episode was the ending. Ginoza’s part of the story was nothing more than the expected development for his character archetype. He represents the most conflicted character in PSYCHO-PASS, so whilst I’m happy that he’s getting more attention I’m not sure it’ll be enough. His supporting role hasn’t expanded enough for us to see more of him and actually care. The ending is where most of the big prep work happened, as I suspect Akane will be the one to cause the downfall of the Sybil system. This has been in the works for a while, and not unexpected in any way. That said, the ending did give me more to be excited about than most of the episode.
Let’s not even discuss the hyper oats theory. A piece of the puzzle that surfaced out of nowhere and just doesn’t fit into the story. A sad turn into the random for PSYCHO-PASS and very unexpected, considering the plot thus far. I don’t know what Urobuchi was thinking, but that was not smooth or well thought out. The biggest disappointment was that there was nothing tie together the development with the original plot, making t come across as sloppy.
Luckily, PSYCHO-PASS still has three episodes in which to finish strong. the series has slipped throughout its run, but I’m hoping the end will deliver more excitement.