Nothing could redeem this episode of Minority Report for me. Not even the appearance of Reed Diamond, an actor who usually makes any show watchable. But Minority Report has eventually got to start dealing with its actual themes, rather than paying lip-service to them.

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The plot of “The Present” is that Dash’s most recent vision seems to point to Vega being the victim. While investigating a dude she arrested who hated her, Vega finds her father’s pocket watch in a display case full of murder mementos. Which leads to her rediscovery an obsession with the murder of her father, who was also a cop.

Also, this week’s leather jacket is blue. Vega’s entire wardrobe consists of black pants, black tank tops, and a rainbow of leather.

Vega’s politics, while understandable for a cop who has issues stemming from the unsolved murder of her father, are atrocious. Week after week she’s been dismissive of civil rights and the basic humanity of people. This week, we get a pretty standard Vega speech about why rehabilitation is pointless.

All of that would be a bit more acceptable, if the show was a lot better at countering her point of view in a way that actually made the “security versus liberty” theme stand out. It never does. Either because she’s supposed to be our relatable protagonist or because of incompetence, the writers don’t bother to do that. There is never more than a vague hint in the direction that Vega’s “use visions and lock them all up,” “people can’t change,” “I wish this prison was a literal hole in the ground, it’s better than they deserve” attitude is, at the very least, a grim way to view humanity.

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But mostly what happens is that, occasionally, Dash shoots her a disappointed look. I’ve got to say, I’m beginning to believe Agatha and Arthur, when they say that Vega’s going to put them all back into the milk bath “for the common good.” (That’s why Reed Diamond shows up, by the way, he’s playing the head of the DIA, ranting about how they should have used the precogs to stop terrorism, but, instead they let them all go. Oh, and by the way, there’s chatter about a terrorist attack. No points for guessing what happens later this season.)

It turns out that the woman who runs the rehabilitation clinic Vega visited was once a junkie, who was told to murder Vega’s father. She got clean, reformed, and uses her guilt to try to help people. Vega points a gun at her for a long time, right up until the woman’s young son shows up and points one at her.

I wish that I could believe that this encounter would actually help Vega have some character development. But, assuming the writers have the same opinions as Vega, she won’t. Because people can’t change.

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I don’t want to be this disgusted with a show that, based on its ratings and reduced episode order, appears to be marked for death. But it’s getting close to being unwatchable.

In finality, I give you this remarkable piece of future bullshit:

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Only four years until racism in football is solved!


Contact the author at katharine@io9.com.

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