by Billie Doux
The place: Washington, DC
The premise: What happened after the end of the movie Minority Report, where the all important precogs were freed and sent to live somewhere in secret, no longer forced to work for the Precrime Program. Except one of them is still desperate to do something about his visions.
This pilot was very glossy, fun to watch, full of action and special effects. But does every impressive gadgety sci-fi show have to be about solving crimes? Okay, yes, the original movie was about solving crimes before they happen, but I didn't care much for the original movie. While I was watching this pilot, I kept thinking of my initial positive reaction to the Karl Urban show Almost Human, and how bored I became as the series unwound and I realized it would never be more than a futuristic procedural.
I'll even quote here what I said about Almost Human two years ago, because it applies to Minority Report: "This could be a terrific science fiction show centered on two complex characters who care about each other. Or it could turn out to be a buddy cop show procedural with a twist that I'll stop watching in a few weeks."
I did like the two leads. Lara Vega is The Cop With A Tragic Past ™ who cares so deeply about stopping crime that she's willing to do it illegally. Dash, one of the three former precogs who is still having visions and trying unsuccessfully to stop crime on his own, is socially awkward and earnest and somewhat endearing.
But likable leads might not be enough. What could they do that could keep a viewer like me (lover of science fiction, not a lover of procedurals) interested in watching this show?
One thing that interested me was that Dash saw imprisoned Precrime perpetrators, scarred by their "containment", as his victims. It would be interesting to further explore the morality and fallout of imprisoning people for a crime they hadn't yet committed. The three precogs were victims of the government and the Precrime Program, too, and their attempts to live like normal people could be an interesting aspect to explore. This episode was mostly about Dash and his need to help people, but we also met Arthur, who only seems to care about himself, and Agatha, who… well, hard to tell. There was also Wally, the guy from the movie who used to work with the precogs and who had the jury-rigged equipment. He was a hoot.
I also liked some of the fun details: that The Simpsons was about to start its seventy-fifth season (lol), that women could have babies in their sixties, that French fries used to be bad for you, but not any more. (Please, could we have that now?)
So I'll give it a few episodes, and we'll see. This could be a terrific science fiction show centered on two complex characters who care about each other. Or it could turn out to be a buddy cop show procedural with a twist that I'll stop watching in a few weeks.
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.