Gah, barely got this in before my self-imposed deadline!
Surprisingly, there are not as many Boomers in BGC as there are in the reboot – a part of it is that it’s only 8 episodes long, while the reboot has 26 – but I feel like they have way more personality than they would otherwise. They’ve got an agency that isn’t in the reboot, so they feel like real people with real desires as opposed to an origin for conflict.
And the best example of that, in my humble opinion, is Cynthia from the first episode, “Tinsel City.”
Cynthia is a Boomer who controls the satellite weaponry of the Japanese defense force, which … like basically goes against all of the rules imposed by the West after the country’s defeat in WWII, but hey, that’s a whole other discussion for a completely different time. Anyway, her appearance is obviously to throw everyone off of the power she wields, enough so that even Priss feels protective of her after it’s revealed she’s a Boomer. Her creation and subsequent kidnapping is basically what sets the rest of the series into action, but even with that serving as a plot point, she still feels like an actual little girl, terrified of the carnage that happens around her right before she activates the satellite(s).
It could be that she’s the first Boomer that I personally felt attached to – the others in the first episode were all brutish thugs that decided murdering people was the best way to go about things. Which I guess tracks, considering they were based on the replicants from Blade Runner, but it was a little disappointing that they didn’t have at least somewhat varied personalities, like Cynthia.
I think that’s all I have in me this evening. Clinical starts early in the morning, and this bitch needs to get some sleep. ASAP.