Minority Report "Mr. Nice Guy" (REVIEW)
written by Omar Castillon (omar_castillon)
The consequences of the previous episode now loom over Vega as she is given another murder mystery by Dash. The intro further emphasizes the time when the Precrime program was shut down. Of course it is only for one scene and then it cuts to present day but that little hint gave some good backstory. Dash also shows off his PreCog skills against a bunch of people while playing chess. It’s then that Dash starts to get his latest premonition.
Will Blake has started to warn Vega, but she seems to be more stubborn than Blake thinks and continues to carry on the message to Dash. Wally, who was in charge of the PreCogs, is helping piece together Dash’s vision and of course this leads to the eventual return of Dash’s brother Arthur. Arthur in a sense is starting to become one of the more morally ambiguous characters so far since he is looking out Dash and his actions but also is in it for himself. I kind of wish there was a bit more exposition with Arthur since he is so mysterious and it seemed too brief any mention of how he became so wealthy (judging by the fancy place he is brooding in).
The investigation leads to a club where the victim is said to be hanging out. Nightlife in the future does look the same but this time instead of the whole, “hey wanna get outta here?” sort of attitude, their special tech bracelets match up to the people that are interested or not. Kind of unique but also feels like a distraction to the plot. Then again little hints like this do set up the world nicely. In the mix of Dash and Vega trying to blend in to the club and warning the potential victim, they stumble upon one suspect named Tyson Cole. Cole is a suave author who specializes in futuristic courting, like an evolved form of the modern “pick-up-artist.” Kind of a weird vibe but it’s enough for Vega and Dash to chase him around.
The clues begin to shape up to the wrong direction as Vega tries to get Cole’s attention in order for her to lure Cole’s assumed evil intentions. Not much success in that either. By this point Vega finally confronts Arthur for the real name after she was tasked earlier by Dash to look up some records Arthur requested at the beginning of the episode. It turns out that the records Vega looked up were none other than the death of someone named Moira…guess what, this was Arthur and Dash’s mother before they were forced out of her womb when she died. Once the final piece of the vision is set, Dash and Vega confront a woman named Blanca Garcia. I won’t go into too many details as to what happens after their discovery but man; this show does know how to keep the viewer on the edge of their seat.
Overall, the little touches of the future and subtle hints of plot between the PreCog siblings do show some promise. It is officially one of those procedurals set in the future and the characterization that is needed will hopefully come in time, but it’s still pretty enjoyable. Vega is one of those characters that has somewhat of a no nonsense attitude but you definitely want to follow her intuition. Dash has started to show some of his human side with the chess game and learning about picking up women. It’s kind of funny and hopefully there are more examples of this in later episodes. My advice, stick around. This show is just getting started.