Glenn wrote:What exactly IS decryption? Is it a process by which a unit is returned to life? If so, then I think we need to remember that what Wanda is doing CAN NOT be simply described as killing prisoners. Terms like "killing", "execution", "murder" all carry the assumption that death is permanent. "Killing" someone and then instantly bringing them back to life is an act fundamentally different from just killing them. If a surgeon stops a patient's heart for a few seconds in order to perform heart surgery, he is not going to be charged with murder. (He might be charged with malpractice if the operation doesn't work, but that's a different issue)
Remember how Parson told Wanda that he had wanted to fight a war without killing anyone? In a way, if it's accurate to say that Decryption returns units to life, that's exactly what Wanda is doing now. Instead of killing her enemies, she is transforming them. The real question here is, what is Wanda transforming them into? And the answer is, we don't yet know. It's doubtful if even Wanda really knows that yet.
The people who think what Wanda's doing is monstrously evil mostly seem to think that Decryption is an inherently evil process, either because they think it doesn't restore a unit to "real" life, or because because it presumably deprives a unit of free will. But we don't yet now the real differences between being a normal unit and being a decrypted unit. And until we do know, we should be careful about making moral judgments about what Wanda is doing.
Gelnn, I really like your take on this. It has great thematic potential. Both on the topic of free will and the exploration of a classically 'evil' power being used by our protagonists.
Ansom himself, though not exactly an unbiased observer, describes decryption as being 'popped again.' It seems to me that the new units at the least have no less
will than they did before. Ansom's description of his new take on his old memories are exactly what I think they would be if a unit were reincarnated to another side with his memories intact - loyalty demands that he he sees that his old ways were wrong, exactly as loyalty, in his first life, demanded that he view his actions as not only proper, but necessary!
One chief difference in the exploration of the concept of evil, this time around, is that I have a feeling that decrypting is unholy. Although done with the power of a holy artifact, I'm very interested to hear Ansom's thoughts on the Titans now. His devotion to Wanda is very close to, if not actually, worship. Is his view typical of the decrypted? Hopefully Wrigley will be able to shed some light on that.