TV Review: “Minority Report” – No Future

Written by Danielle Sing December 24, 2015

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Okay, so I understand the criticism that films and television shows are not original anymore with more novel adaptions, remakes, sequels, prequels etc being produced. “Minority Report” provided something new in television: a small screen sequel to a film. Since it’s meant to be a sequel, I can erase the criticism of originality altogether but it makes it worse as the series doesn’t do justice to the successful film at all. While there was some hiccups from the beginning of the series, the first few episodes were good. But it went downhill from there.

Set in 2065 Washington DC (eleven years after the film), “Minority Report” follows Detective Lara Vega (Meagan Good) and her informant Dash Parker (Stark Sands). Dash is no normal informant: he’s one of the three PreCogs (people who possess precognition) who predicated the murders for PreCrime. While Dash wants to genuinely help others, he unfortunately has the weakest precognitive powers and constantly needs help from the other PreCogs, Arthur (Nick Zano) and Agatha (Laura Regan). Vega and Dash try to keep the identity of the PreCogs secret as they prevent murders and the DC Police introduce Hawkeye, an attempt at recreating PreCrime.

“PreCrime failed, catastrophically.”

When the “Minority Report” series began, the fact that an original cast member from the film was returning was being heavily promoted. Daniel London, Wally (the PreCogs caretaker), was cast in the show and his characters progression from the film to the small screen was the only one that made sense. The progression of the PreCogs characters in the eleven years gap was full of holes and who these characters became for the “Minority Report” series seemed odd. Character progression is very important with a premise like this. How did Agatha go from a traumatized girl who could barely speak without crying to threatening people and essentially becoming one of the series’ villains? While London’s casting and character progression is good, the rest is completely off. I’ll be honest, the decision to make Dash and Arthur fraternal twins instead of identical was the first thing to throw the show off balance as it was an important point in the film.

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The one thing that “Minority Report” excels in is that it feels like it belongs in the futuristic dystopian world of the film. The series has similar technology to the film, including Akeela’s (Li Jun Li) facial tattoos to trick identity scanners. Some of the crimes even use this technology and are unique, though mind controlling pigeons is one of the many stretches this series takes. While the crimes are decent, they don’t contribute to the underlying plot or reveal important information. The plot of “Minority Report” is a bit too simple and predictable; it doesn’t seem fully thought through by the writers. The moral and internal struggles, and the dark, ambiguous tone that excelled in the film are completely absent in the series. It’s hard to believe that Steven Spielberg is a producer on this show.

“It’s just, I’ve seen 700 murders, Vega.”

“Minority Report” falls short in character progression, in plot, and in everything that excelled in the film. It causes “Minority Report” to struggle as television series and fail as a sequel to the film. If the series was not connected to the “Minority Report” film in anyway but was a cop show that had the same futuristic technology, then it probably would have been a lot better. No wonder the series order was shortened from 13 episodes to 10 episodes.

My Rating: 5.5/10

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