October 11th, 2012
At least it sort of understood the concept of a hook. Sort of. Once it finished about a minute of panning over CG buildings at any rate. Things were pretty much all downhill from that first fight though. Stop me if this sounds familiar. A bunch of dour-faced men talking just off screen in an overly CGed world, spending the entire episode dumping babble/exposition that for all the emotion and interest they and the director put into it, they may as well be talking about whether they’re using teak vs mahogany flooring. Luckily, there’s the rookie character whose job is to sit there with a doe-eyed stricken expression on her face. Otherwise, they’d just be morons needlessly explaining every single thing about their world to nobody. Then they might have to put some effort into characters instead of rambling about the setting. This rookie is also so well-trained and convincing that she’s a cop that the first thing she does when they start moving is panic the hell out. Then point her gun at her senior’s back as they casually walk along. I don’t care how magic your guns are.
At least it’s usually somewhat nice looking CG. Still the same overly shiny, high frame rate nonsense that makes it obtrusive, but I have seen worse ugly CG buildings. And again, the fight at the start wasn’t bad. That’s about where my interest ended though. All the characters but three were exposition machines. One was the requisite brash cop, the other was the aforementioned rookie whose only two jobs were to ask questions for more explanation, and the third was the rapist. The ridiculous, overblown, frothing at the mouth rapist. Then they shot him which made his entire body swell up and explode in a shower of blood. Subtlety, thy name is not Psycho-Pass. And then they tried to execute the rapee as rookie struggled and screamed about it until she shot one of the other cops. Okay, just with a stun, but I really don’t think "the magic gun told us to" covers suspension of disbelief here. Even Judge Dredd’s legal system isn’t this unbelievably ridiculous, not to mention is treated with only half the melodrama over it.