A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Minority Report is loosely based on the futuristic sci-fi thriller of the same name but is set 11 years after the events of the film, in a world where detectives can no longer use the principles of "pre-crime" prevention to stop a murder from happening. You'll see some grisly sights associated with violent crime, including shootings and stabbings with considerable blood and characters using a variety of weapons. You'll also hear language such as "bitch" and "ass" along with seeing social drinking and light sexual tension between the main characters.
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What's the story?
Set 11 years after the events of the 2002 Tom Cruise film of the same name, MINORITY REPORT follows the efforts of Dash (Stark Sands) -- one of three psychic siblings (aka "precogs") who formed the basis of the government's now-defunct pre-crime program -- to stop innocent people from being murdered by sharing what he sees with detective Lara Vega (Meaghan Good). All the while, he must keep powerful forces from guessing his true identity.
Is it any good?
You can’t really call Minority Report an adaptation of Steven Spielberg's 2002 sci-fi crime thriller because the truth is, it's more of a sequel -- and that, in itself, is smart and refreshing. But the concept of fast-forwarding the film by more than a decade to explore what happened to the precogs once pre-crime was abolished is largely where the pleasant surprises stop and the familiar crime-drama formulas set in. The result is a series that, while imaginative in some ways, isn't always impressive.
What’s nice about Minority Report is its forward-thinking take on racial diversity some 50 years from now (perhaps a nod to the show's title?) and the fact that women and men are shown working as equals in a variety of ways. The show's visual effects are pretty stunning, too, giving this average crime show an edge in a crowd of competitors that feel frighteningly similar.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the pros and cons of Minority Report's "pre-crime" program. Would society be better off if all violent crimes could be prevented? If you had the power to stop a murder, would you do it? What would the repercussions be?
How does Minority Report the TV show compare to Minority Report the movie? (And how does the movie differ from the Philip K. Dick short story that spawned it?) What changes did the TV show's creators make to the story so it would work better for the small screen?
How do today's racial minorities factor into Minority Report's fictional society, and how does the show's casting reflect that? What will the world of 2065 really look like, and do you think the show's predictions are accurate?
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