Film to TV show adaptations can be hit and miss, more often miss than hit but Minority Report may be something worth seeing. I remember when I saw the film Minority report for the first time. I loved it and we got to see a futuristic world, that wasn’t apocalyptic or ideal but it was realistic. We had possible cars, jet packs of sorts, the sonic shotgun, potent designer drugs, adverts that recognize you (let’s face it, that one is not so far off) and so much more. The only thing that was beyond this reality based tech was the Precogs but they were handled in such a way that you believed them and accepted that they where possible.
For those of you who have not seen the film Minority Report the plot is as follows: In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder. The film has Tom Cruise running (again) from the law, but it’s more than that it has some deep themes to it including free will vs. determinism, self-perception, political and legal themes, media and advertising influence. Lastly being a Spielberg production it also revolves around the themes of family. Big spoiler here but in the original film we find out that these 3 precogs that see the future don’t always agree and on these cases lead to the creation of the minority report, which are cases where the murder may never have occurred. Due to that fact and the wrongful imprisonment of the precogs the program is shut down.
The TV series is set 11 years after the original film ended and follows the Precog Dash. After his brother vanished Dash decided to go back to civilization to locate his brother and try and put his talents to good use in stopping serious crimes from happening. Along the way he forms a partnership with Detective Lara Vega, a cop struggling to get by in a post pre-crime world.
The show helps show a good possible and realistic future, hell several technologies from the original film are already real. The worlds far from perfect but it can be improved upon, which is a nice message. So far the show seems to be your standard cop show with a twist which is a type we have seen a lot from. Though I will say that the cast is diverse,varied and they play well together, which will hopefully keep the show on the air for as long as possible.
In the end after watching the pilot I’m officially in, I don’t know where it’s going but I’m in and hopefully I won’t find myself disappointed.