By Dr. Zaius
Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 at 12:00 pm
Minority Report Season 1 Episode 9: “Memento Mori”
Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi
Written by Max Borenstein & Greg Borenstein
Created by Max Borenstein
Starring Stark Sands, Meagan Good, Wilmer Valderrama, Nick Zano, Daniel London, Laura Regan, Zhane Hall, Li Jun Li, Reed Diamond FOX
Air Date: Monday, November 23rd, 2015, 9pm
As Minority Report drifts towards it’s unfortunate conclusion, things are really getting interesting. Lt. Blake (Wilmer Valderrama) knows the truth about Dash (Stark Sands). But he got to stand close to the fire last week, aiding in the prevention of a murder, and seemingly understanding the power of the pre-cogs. Now the circle of those in the know Dash and his partnership with Detective Vega (Meagan Good) is growing. Already Akeela (Li Jun Li) and Wally (Daniel London) are in. With Agatha (Laura Regan) seeing visions of the siblings back in the pre-crime milkbath, who knows where Blake’s loyalties will inevitably lie.
The title of the episode refers to the terrorist organization plaguing the 2060’s. They are referred to as the “Loch Ness Monster,” and when Director Blomfeld (Reed Diamond) says they haven’t found anything, he explains that they don’t use “conventional methods,” and thus have no digital footprint. I love that here we are in the early 21st century doing away with the “conventional methods,” while carving out deeper and deeper digital footprints. When pushed as to how they will uncover Memento Mori’s plot, Blomfeld reveals the plan… you guessed it, a new milkbath missing three crucial ingredients.
Dash singing Sexual Healing… that is something I will never un-see. The “We know Dash is pre-cog Club” is apparently having karaoke night. Dash has a vision, a Senator will die fighting for a bill to legalize genetic science to cure diseases. Extremist groups think she’s “playing God.” Meanwhile Arthur (Nick Zano) does what he does best, and tries to buy off Blake to ensure their safety, but he’s his “least favorite type of cop”… an honest one. Arthur calls Dash for a meeting, but it’s more of an intervention as hologram Agatha and him show Dash and Vega the plans for the milkbath, and evidence of Blomfeld working with the government to find and re-imprison them. Dash, ever the idealist, refuses to quit.
This poses an issue when Blomfeld shows up at Wally’s looking for the pre-cogs. Dash promises Vega that this will be his final job. Blake’s loyalties are in flux. Save Dash, innocent people die. Betray Dash, alienate everyone. This would be such an easy answer for Machiavelli. Dash and Vega track down the suspect to a synthetic meat factory, and connect the dots to Memento Mori. At the Senator’s event, the terrorist strikes and is mostly successful, throwing something on her that morphs her DNA. The terrorist is played by Christopher Heyerdahl, who has played a villain on nearly every show recently, from Gotham to Arrow. His explanation again offers a thought provoking debate.
As we approach next week’s season (and likely series) finale, Minority Report delivers yet another fantastic episode, full of interesting and insightful ponderings of humanity, right and wrong, and good vs. evil. The quote: “one man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter” came to mind a lot listening to Memento Mori’s modus operandi. And while positioned as the villain on the show, is Blomfeld wrong? Are the lives of 3 worth sacrificing to save a great many? I can’t wait for next’s week finale, and hope it ends with some closure.
Minority Report concludes next week, Monday night at 9:00 ET on FOX.
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