Originally Posted by William K
That's the most interesting part in the episode actually. That the onlookers didn't do anything to stop the 2nd incident because if the Sibyl system doesn't say it's a crime, then it's alright. That's the danger there in that humanity is overly dependant on the Sibyl system to do the thinking for them.
Kind of reminded of the movie Demolition Man (ok, it was a horrible movie) which was about a future where aggression has more or less been bred out of society and they had no idea how to handle a violent criminal.
Really, you liked that part? It actually made me give up on the series. Being culturally nonagressive is not the same as standing around watching someone be beaten to death in front of you. The idea that not one person tried to stop him or even called the police was too ridiculous for me to watch. I don't believe humans would be that passive unless they're putting something in the water.
Also, why not give the police a secondary nonlethal means of capturing possible criminals? Give them sleep darts or tasers or something. All machines can fail, even super death weapons, and I doubt giving the police tasers as well as a backup would cause society to crumble.
So far I haven't seen one happy person in this series anyway so I don't know why they're so keen to keep the sybil system.