Intelligent narrative devices!
Peter Weller returns as RoboCop and Nancy Allen as his partner. The rest of the cast is as strong as expected. The visual palette, the effects, the gore and the satire are matched. Combined together, these elements provide surprising continuity when superposed with the original. It admirably avoids the pitfalls of sequels by bringing back all the good stuff but with a story arc of its own.
RoboCop's tragedy is that he is a cyborg haunted by guilt and sadness that his artificial intelligence cannot compute. He was once a perfect cop and, for the second time, his programmers are crooks. He is strong, heroic, but ironically still extremely vulnerable. The script is smart about it and makes all the right moves. The device is brilliantly used when it comes to comedic commentary.
The antagonists are an interesting bunch; both drug dealers and sect members, they pose a plausible threat and a major one. They are vicious, violent, and one of their leaders is a child. What's more, they are somewhat a cybernetic mafia known for corruption. We bathe in unethicalness from beginning to end, developing a comfortable carapace and accepting this black comedy as pure entertainment.