Review: Minority Report [Series Pilot]

Official Tagline: Based on the international blockbuster film by executive producer Steven Spielberg and the first of his films to be adapted for television, MINORITY REPORT follows the unlikely partnership between a man haunted by the future and a cop haunted by her past, as they race to stop the worst crimes of the year 2065 before they happen.

Set in Washington, D.C., it is 10 years after the demise of Precrime, a law enforcement agency tasked with identifying and eliminating criminals…before their crimes were committed. To carry out this brand of justice, the agency used three precogs – “precognitives” Dash, Arthur and Agatha – who were able to see the future. Now, in 2065, crime-solving is different, and justice leans more on sophisticated and trusted technology than on the instincts of the precogs.

Precog DASH (Stark Sands, “Inside Llewyn Davis”) – driven by his terrifying, but fragmented visions – now has returned in secret to help a brash, but shrewd, police detective, LARA VEGA (Meagan Good, “Think Like A Man” franchise, “Californication”), attempt to stop the murders that he predicts.

As they navigate this future America, they will forge an uneasy alliance with Dash’s manipulative twin brother, ARTHUR (Nick Zano, “90210”), an empire-builder who uses his ability to advance his own self-interest, and elude others who will stop at nothing to exploit their precognitive abilities. Also complicating matters is Vega’s newly appointed boss WILL BLAKE (Wilmer Valderrama, “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series”); and Dash and Arthur’s ingenious, but reclusive, foster sister, AGATHA (Laura Regan, “Mad Men,” “Unbreakable”), who only wants the best for her two brothers, but may be playing a longer game than anybody knows.

A drama of crime and conspiracy, this is a timeless story of connection: two lost souls, Dash and Vega, who find friendship, purpose and redemption in each other.
Written by: Max Borenstein
Directed by: Mark Mylod

Starring: Meagan Good, Stark Sands, Wilmer Valderrama, Laura Regan

The official series description above for Fox’s Minority Report is a bit long, but I understand they are trying to get the audience up to speed and the plot is a little complex. The creators of the series do a good job getting the story off to a quick start and you really do not need to have seen the Tom Cruise movie to enjoy the Minority Report series.

The chemistry between the two leads, Meagan Good and Stark Sands is light and fun. The pairing of Stands as the socially awkward precog, Dash and Good as the loose cannon, over achieving cop, create a classic odd couple dynamics that works. There is a hint of romantic / sexual tension between the two characters, but Stand’s Dash seems too goofy for the smoking hot Vega, at least in this early stage of their relationship. Over all the story is solid, if a touch predictable in a CSI sort of way. The production quality is top shelf, but the show reminds me of several past Sci-Fi series on FOX, like Almost Human or Fringe and you know how FOX doesn’t like to give a Sci-Fi series time to develop before pulling the plug way too soon. Anyone remember Fire Fly? I hope Minority Report is given a chance to show us where the story is going.
Minority Report should appeal to fans of future tech, mysteries, Meagan Good in low cut tops and police procedurals. Give Minority Report on FOX a look and you may be pleasantly surprised you enjoy it.

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Give Minority Report on FOX a look and you may be pleasantly surprised you enjoy it.