After Bancroft's "murder", he uses his considerable resources to get the last envoy brought out of prison to investigate the crime. The problem I'm having is why he dumped Kovacs into Ryker's sleeve? Why not just get a custom sleeve made for Kovacs, instead of using the sleeve of a dead cop with all that baggage? Was is just for dramatic effect?

  • Have you finished the series? It is explained in at least one of the episodes.
    – svenvo7
    Mar 23 '18 at 16:21
  • I have finished the series, and I didn't see anything that explained why Bancroft specifically choose to use Ryker's sleeve. Did I miss something?
    – fiend
    Mar 23 '18 at 16:23
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    I can't put together a real answer right now, but I'm pretty sure it had to do with Bancroft getting back at Ortega for failing to find his murderer.
    – svenvo7
    Mar 23 '18 at 16:32
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    Because he can.
    – Radhil
    Mar 23 '18 at 16:50
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    Why do all bullies go out of their way to pick on people they consider worthless and incompetent? Because they define themselves by how they perceive themselves in relation to everyone else. If they don't regularly make that comparison clear, they lose their sense of identity. TLDR; The bullies need the ants more than the ants need them.
    – Steve-O
    Mar 23 '18 at 17:45

Spoiler Alert!

In one of the episodes it is revealed that Ryker is Ortega's lover and police partner!
Bancroft intentionally put Tak into Ryker's body to mess with Ortega because he felt she bungled the original investigation to solve his murder. And he felt she didn't give him enough respect.

Later you find out Ryker was framed for murder; So Ryker's sleeve was ripe for the taking.

Bancroft was also mad at Ortega because she ruled his death a suicide. That means Bancroft is a coward and he could not let that insult slide.

Rei was also angry at Ortega for failing to show her the proper amount of respect and that caused Tak to respond, "What's with you Meths and respect?"

  • Thanks Radhi! I messed up the spoiler tag; you beat me by nano seconds!
    – djm
    Mar 23 '18 at 17:06
  • So what you're saying is that it was just HUGE coincidence that Bancroft's murder was DIRECTLY related to the murder of Mary-Lou, who just happened to be Ryker's friend? And the only link between them is that Bancroft is petty and trying to get under Ortega's skin?
    – fiend
    Mar 23 '18 at 18:14
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    @fiend Bancroft is extremely petty and vindictive. As other's mentioned, Bancroft paid for Ryker's sleeve before Ortega could. And It's not the only link. Rei is the common denominator here. She was manipulating Bancroft, Tak (and others) the whole time in a desperate and grandiose bid to get Tak back. Also remember, the Envoy sees what others miss, so he was able to somehow intuit the connections. IIRC the time and manner of Mary-Lou's death was suspicious.
    – djm
    Mar 23 '18 at 19:22
  • I'll accept this answer, but man, that's some sloppy and lazy writing. I wonder if the book did it better?
    – fiend
    Mar 23 '18 at 19:32
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    @fiend In the book I believe it was similar, except Mary-Lou's murder wasn't directly connected to Bancroft, she was merely one disposable girl who was fake-Catholiced up, like many others, just one Ryker happened to get involved with investigating. Mar 23 '18 at 23:53

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