Minority Report "Hawk-Eye" (REVIEW)
written by Omar Castillon (omar_castillon)
Who would have thought that speeding down the highway in the future could lead to the car actually taking control and then just flagging you as a result? This is the case for our PreCrime story of the week! Tech big wig Mark Massero (Kyle Howard) is the first of possibly many people Vega and Dash will encounter in the newly installed Hawk-Eye program. Hawk-Eye essentially detects radical behavior and flags people so that in case they do anything crazy, the authorities will know beforehand. This eerily sounds like the PreCog program and both Arthur and Agatha are not on board with Dash’s involvement with Vega. First, let’s breakdown what happens to Massero’s behavior.
Basically Massero is predestined to murder someone at a park. In this case there is a clearer picture of everyone that is involved. Vega starts by going directly to the source, Massero. Vega does get lucky in tracking down Massero since Hawk-Eye already has him marked. Both she and Dash exploit this opportunity to try and stop Massero from committing a crime. Their first encounter isn’t the most comfortable way of catching the guy. Vega suspects foul play at Massero’s residence but is treated to some T&A (network TV style) and bluntly goes for the “have you ever seen this man?” approach. Obviously this isn’t as easy as it sounds so both Dash and Vega visit Massero’s psychiatrist. Before that though, Vega suggests to Dash to try and apply to become Vega’s Hawk-Eye partner that way they can legally get away with interrogating suspects despite Dash having visions at random times. Once they realize what all goes on with Massero’s behavior, both Dash and Vega pursue this lead and they end up right where Dash’s vision started. They manage to rescue the victim but in a twist, Massero’s fate takes a turn for the worst and in a last minute effort, Dash and Vega do what they can to prevent what will happen to Massero and his psychological problems.
As for bigger picture plot, Agatha has another vision dealing with the three siblings being back in the PreCrime program milk bath and all. Unfortunately Dash may be the reason they go back. In Agatha’s vision, she sees Vega overlooking them in the milk bath and that is what causes a panic amongst siblings. Dash doesn’t seem to be too worried about the future but then again, he is the weaker one of the PreCogs. On the other hand, Dash being recruited as Hawk-Eye analyst and having been exposed to Vega’s colleagues could mean that one of her coworkers will talk and the PreCrime program could inevitably come back to life. This is all just speculation, but otherwise Dash and Vega are safe from the rest of the world. Agatha also has to convince someone from the island the siblings lived on to cooperate with her to prevent any chance of their existence being exposed.
The bigger picture of what the series is trying to paint is actually a lot more intriguing than the crime of the week stuff. I guess the procedural stuff can sort of move the episode along but the bigger picture plot can still remain intact. I like where this is going in terms of storytelling. The two siblings working in the shadows away from Dash is a fascinating and entertaining direction the series needs. Let’s just hope it doesn’t run out of steam anytime soon because I like the level of danger the series is treading.