Vega: See what?
Minority Report is a 2015 sci-fi Police Procedural airing on Fox. It is also a Sequel Series to the film of the same name, which told the story of the Precogs - psychic siblings who could see visions of future murders. Used by Pre-Crime, they prevented almost every murder for years until an internal conspiracy revealed the flaws in the system. The Pre-Crime unit was shut down, and the Precogs released to the outside world and away from the public eye.
In 2065 Washington, D.C., eleven years after the events of the 2002 film, Precog Dash (Stark Sands) has grown distressed over still seeing murders. Setting out on his own he has attempted to stop them, but as the weakest of the three he lacks important info that his twin brother Arthur (Nick Zano) could see. After his latest failure he runs into Detective Lara Vega (Meagan Good) and, after she pieces together his past, the two team up to stop crimes before they happen. But Dash's fellow-Precog Agatha (Laura Regan) has foreseen that this partnership will only end in disaster.
This series contains examples of:
- Adaptation Expansion: Dash and Arthur were the least-developed Precogs in the film. Here, the two of them are main characters of importance equal to Agatha.
- Always Identical Twins: Averted. Dash and Arthur are fraternal twins.
- Ambiguously Evil: The inspectors (led by Henry Blomfield) pursuing the precogs towards the end of season one. It's established that they're rogue agents working without the authority of their government agency, but they claim that they're pursuing the precogs because they genuinely believe that The Needs of the Many justify putting the precogs in the milk bath indefinitely again. This would make them Well-Intentioned Extremists and possibly Sympathetic Inspector Antagonists. However, they also are revealed to have taken payments from some unknown group, which is not revealed as of the end of season one. Depending upon what group this actually is, that could take them out of the well-intentioned extremist category.
- Apologetic Attacker: Dash apologizes for paralyzing Vega's leg before running off.
- Arc Words: "Can you see?" makes a return from the film, spoken by all three of the Precogs at various points.
- Artistic License Biology: A 3-D tissue printer is used to print an eyeball based on a DNA sample to get past a retinal scan. But retinal patterns aren't determined by DNA, they develop organically as the eye develops and no two are the same, even among identical twins.
- Ascended Extra: Dash and Arthur were extremely minor characters in the original movie.
- Big Brother Is Watching: Hawk-Eye uses the ubiquitous surveillance of the setting to try and predict disruptive behavior before it happens. If someone is flagged by the system, they are put under close watch for 48 hours, and most of their privacy rights are suspended for the time. Despite the insistence of its proponents, it's clearly an attempt at a technological replacement for Pre-Crime.
- Call-Back: Dash uses the same paralytic Anderton used in the film to cause his face to droop as a disguise.
- Central Theme: Liberty Over Prosperity. What steps should the government take to keep its citizens secure? What sacrifices are permissible? What is the suffering of three "genetic freaks" compared to the lives they could save if they were kept drugged and plugged into computers? What is forsaking privacy compared to a world without crime? Perhaps most importantly; once the government has that much power, who could stop it from doing anything else it wants?
- Cain and Abel: Downplayed — Dash wants to help people with his powers while Arthur uses them for personal gain (although minor stuff like knowing what stock to buy).
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: Dash's precog abilities only let him see the emotional trauma of the deaths and some general details and images, where Agatha got a good view of the overall picture and Art got the names and a few other relevant details. As a result, while Dash's visions can be useful in solving or preventing crimes, he doesn't see enough of them to solve whole murders on his own, requiring him to work with an experienced investigator like Vega to do anything about them.
- Fingore: Dash was subjected to this by a henchman, when one of Arthur's connections wanted his money (which he stole) back from Arthur. Fortunately the future has advanced medical technology to reattach it.
- Gilligan Cut: When asked if he's staying for dinner by Vega's mother, Dash confirms and claims they're having Chinese. Vega stops him, saying that she's cooking. Cut to a burnt lasagne and a Beat, followed by Vega declaring that they're ordering Chinese.
- Goggles Do Something: Cops in 2065 wear augmented reality contact lenses (see Vega in poster above) that, among other things, let them scan crime scenes and see in thermal and night vision. These lenses also work in conjunction with the cops' hand movements so that the lenses will scan specific areas the cop is gesturing towards.
- Green Aesop: climate change's effects are brought up in "Fiddler's Neck" and "Honor Among Thieves," the former stating that rising sea levels created the isolated bucolic off-the-grid commune the precogs moved to after the movie, and the latter has Luca van Zant state that mezcal is now an extremely rare commodity due to the deserts driving the agave plants into extinction.
- Hollywood Law: Unlike most psychic detective shows, precogs like Dash do not exist in a legal gray area. Their powers are well-known, and exploiting them is extremely illegal. Vega and Dash struggle to keep his involvement hidden, until she gets the idea to bring him in on Hawk-Eye.
- The episode "The American Dream" has Akeela stating that the price of granting illegal immigrants amnesty was the repeal of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which requires ignoring the amendment process's requirement of three-quarters of state legislatures approving it after two-thirds of Congress does.
- It's Personal: After Andromeda is killed, Arthur is pissed and wants to kill the agents who are responsible for her death. The only thing stopping him from doing it is that Wally does it first.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: The series' premise is based on spoiling the ending of the film.
- Never Trust a Trailer: None of the pre-premeire promos indicated that this was a sequel to the film. Most viewers were therefor under the impression that it would be a reboot.
- Perma-Stubble: Dash always appears with some peach-fuzz.
- Precrime Arrest: It has been eleven years since the Pre-Crime experiment, where people were arrested because the precogs saw them commit murder in the future. Now, Peter van Eyck wants to develop a new system of crime arrest based on computers and data analysis rather than "genetic freaks" in order to accomplish the same thing. The precog Dash joins with Detective Lara to prevent the murders Dash predicts.
- Prophecy Twist: Given the premise of the show, this is almost inevitable. Many of the visions do not mean what the precogs initially expect them to mean. Particularly central to the show's Myth Arc is that Agatha thinks that the vision she sees about Vega indicates that Vega will betray the precogs, when of course it's the exact opposite.
- On a more specific example, in "The Present" the latest vision appears to identify Vega as the victim, and even Art only saw Vega's name when normally such visions reveal the victim and the perpetrator. In the end, Vega ends up in a position where she could have taken on either role, either being shot by a young boy defending his mother or shooting the boy in self-defence, but she is able to avoid either scenario happening.
- Ridiculous Future Sequelisation: An amusing throwaway gag from the pilot reveals that The Simpsons is still going in its 75th season.
- Sensei for Scoundrels: A famous pick-up artist is a suspect in an early episode. The actual perpetrator turns out to be one of his followers.
- Sequel Series: It takes place eleven years after the film. Actor Daniel London also reprises his role of Wally the Caretaker.
- Socialization Bonus: In "The Present", it is revealed that Dash can theoretically tap into memories of his old visions from the Precrime program, but since he and Art were basically linked during that time he needs Art to be present as well if he's going to properly access those memories.
- Surveillance Drone: Lara uses a new type of mini drone to seek out suspects, which are airborne and function the same way as the spiders in the film.
- Selfie-drones are a trendy commercialized variant of this concept.
- Technology Porn: The creators were sure to expand on the paths that future technology took, based on the film and real life. The movie's motion controls have been replaced with augmented reality displays, and there are significantly more automated elements. Selfie Drone, anyone?
- Twin Banter: Dash and Arthur trade barbs back and forth.
- Western Terrorists/Well-Intentioned Extremist: Memento Mori plan terrorist attacks on innocent civilians who simply made the mistake of working for prominent senators, but they sincerely seem to believe that the legislation they're trying to stop with the attacks will lead to the end of human life. It remains to be seen whether they have a point or not.
- Wild Card Excuse: In episode 3, Vega gets the idea to bring Dash in on the Hawk-Eye project as a civilian analyst. This gives them an excuse to work cases together, and when someone asks where they got their information, they can cite Hawk-Eye.