Synopsis: Minority Report, based on the 2002 Steven Spielberg sci-fi film of the same name (based on the Philip K. Dick story also of the same name), is a new FOX series that follows the concept of three psychics, known as "precogs," that involuntarily took part in the "PreCrime Division" of the Washington DC Police Department, in which potential crimes were twarted before they occurred using the visions of the precogs.
The series picks up 11 years after the end of the film, in the year 2065. The PreCrime division has been disbanded, and the precogs have been released to live out their lives as they please in an undisclosed location. Now, the DCPD have reverted to standard police work to solve crimes, of course assisted by their mid-21st century technologies. Stepping out of the shadows, so to speak, is one of the twin precogs, Dash (played by Stark Sands). Unable to allow his gift to go unused, he has been trying to stop crimes on his own. Vigilante-style. This prompts his meeting with DCPD homicide detective, Lara Vega (played by Meagan Good), after seeing her frustration from being unable to prevent crimes before they happened, being stuck cleaning up the mess and trying to solve cases with next to no evidence.
My reaction: I originally had no intention of watching this. It was just by chance it was on after Gotham and I didn't bother to change the channel. I was a fan of the original film, but this just looked to me like a half-hearted attempt to rehash a successful film. I'll say, for the most part, I was wrong. This show did a good job of telling a similar story, without just repeating what we've already seen. First, I really enjoyed that this was a continuation of the film. The characters of Agatha and Wally (the precogs "caretaker") both returned played by the original actors. Even shots from the film were used in the prologue. So the fact that we got a new story based on the original, and not just a remake was pleasant to see.
Next, I was glad that the precogs are more of a focus than they were in the film. Agatha became a central character later in the film, but the twins were all but ignored. This show gives us a better chance to see what kind of people Dash and Arthur became after the end of PreCrime. From what I can tell, we'll be seeing Dash and Arthur reuniting to help Det. Vega to solve these crimes. The twins seem to be two halves to a complete precognitive vision, and must team together to effectively provide enough information to prevent murders and other brutal crimes before they happen.
I like the cast. Sands has a kind and innocent face that plays well to his character who is more or less clueless to the world around him. Dash has a kindness and aloofness that makes you want to root for him as you would an underdog. Nick Zano as Arthur plays a good polar opposite to Sands' Dash. He is arrogant and unapologetic. He is certainly the yin to Dashs' yang. Good does well as an ambitious young detective with a strong sense of justice, possibly to her downfall (we shall see). The three together have the potential to create a good Mod Squad-type vibe. Another familiar face is Wilmer Valderrama as Will Blake, another DCPD detective. We haven't seen a lot of him thus far, but he appears to be somewhat of a rival of Vega's.
Lastly, something I didn't envision at first. I thought that this story wouldn't work in a serialized fashion. But going into this not knowing much of what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised to see the story presented in a way that would be easy to tell a new story every week and/or have an over-arcing wraparound story. Sort of a Whedon-esque "big bad."
My Concerns: I worry that this show may become systematic. It runs a fine line of a format that can easily become painfully repetitive, much like Bones has today. Something that also concerns me is that the cast dynamic and scenario is very similar to another FOX show, Sleepy Hollow. A strange, white male, with a quirky personality and is very out of his element in the world, accompanied by a black female cop with an ambitious attitude and a very private and self-reliant personality. The comparison is impossible not to notice. Now, that's not to say this show doesn't have the juice to break loose of this concept, but FOX doesn't seem to have the interest in supporting shows that aren't immediate runaway successes.
All in all, I'm hopeful that this show gets some footing, because the concept is interesting and has potential to be a success. There is as much potential for it to be an utter failure. But I will tune in next week and remain cautiously optimistic.