By Dr. Zaius
Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 at 9:00 pm
Minority Report Season 1 Episode 4: “Fredi”
Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi
Written by Anna Fricke
Created by Max Borenstein
Starring Stark Sands, Meagan Good, Wilmer Valderrama, Nick Zano, Daniel London, Laura Regan, Zhane Hall, Li Jun Li FOX
Air Date: Monday, October 12th, 2015, 9pm
It’s been a weird week for the folks at Minority Report. At NYCC they held a panel with the entire cast and previewed a rough cut of their October 19th episode (review to come). Unfortunately, the panel came on the heels of news that FOX had cut the final three episodes of their debut season, a bad omen for any new show. A huge fan of the first few episodes, I’ll enjoy what I can get. Last week Hawk-Eye, the predictive policing program was put into place and its newest civilian analyst is Dash (Stark Sands), who is using the position the help Detective Lara Vega (Meagan Good) solve murders before the happen. Faced with the possibility of being discovered, Dash is warned by his pre-cog siblings Agatha (Laura Regan) and Arthur (Nick Zano) that Vega might be not be so trustworthy. Visions of milkbaths, dancing in their heads.
Agatha is involved in some shady business of her own with the mysterious Charlie (William Mapother, Lost). Dash meanwhile, gets a vision and the family of people in the know is bigger with Wally (Daniel London) and now Akeela (Li Jun Li) helping out. That provides for some fun back and forths between the seconds as Dash and Lara try to figure out their next mission. The suspect is of course a wealthy philanthropist, so Vega and Dash crash his fundraiser. There Dash meets Fredi (Sheila Vand) and there’s instant attraction; at the exact moment when Vega was telling Dash to meet new people! Having never had an adult date, Dash acts super awkward and adorable.
“Hey Fredi, you said you’d be at work today… I just wanted to check” – Dash
“Are you a crazy person?” – Fredi
Turns out Fredi works for these rich idiots because they’re responsible for her sister’s death. Dash’s attraction to her helps him get close in efforts to prevent her murder. This episode features more ultra-cool gadgets like a tissue printer that makes a totally authentic eyeball for retinal scanning”¦ you know, so you can sneak into your boss’s place and confront them about killing your sibling. BTW; creepy alert, Dash wearing the contacts that allow Vega to see and follow him… and he’s pillow talking with Fredi… exactly how much was Vega watching?
Of course what Vega and Akeela figure out is that Fredi is actually the one out for revenge against the rich guys, and has killed before and is ready again. Dash realizes just a bit too late, and has to talk Fredi out of a murder. The ending sequence again stirs up the most interesting aspect of this show, which is the moral dilemma of precrime/Hawk-Eye or even modern day stop and frisk. Are you guilty of crimes you haven’t committed yet? After all, the title of show suggests the precogs miss one or two.
The most intriguing aspect to this episode is the developments in Agatha’s storyline. She was skeptical of Dash’s involvement with Vega, but now she’s cavorting with cyber-tech criminals, stealing plans from the Police, and setting people up. The look on her face as we fade out is maniacal.
Minority Report continues to be a great show. The cast is great to look at, the stories combine all the attributes of a crime drama, action comedy, and sci-fi thriller all at once. They manage to capture the moral dilemmas of Philip K. Dick’s story and Steven Spielberg’s movie perfectly. Having already seen next week’s episode thanks to NYCC, I can already tell you to tune it, because Vega is in the one in Dash’s vision. No Spoilers! C’mon everyone, tell your friends to catch on and catch up with Minority Report so FOX doesn’t cancel what should be a hit new show.
Minority Report returns with a new episode next Monday, October 19th at 9:00 ET on FOX.
MINORITY REPORT | In Preparation from “Fredi”
Vega thinks Dash seems a little off… more than he usually does.