Fox Drops 3 Episodes of Minority Report, but Good Remains Positive About the Future
Fox recently shared their plans to cut down the number of episodes in the first season of the Monday night TV show, “Minority Report”. The series was originally slated to have 13 episodes making up season 1, but will finish off its first season now with just 10.
The television show premiered to 3 million viewers on Monday, September 21, 2015 but after the first 4 episodes, has dropped to just over 2 million people watching.
The “Minority Report “ TV show is based on the 2002 Steven Spielberg feature film with the same name, starring Tom Cruise. In the television series, this science fiction thriller set in 2065 Washington, D.C., ten years after the Precrime division has been shut down. Dax (Stark Sands), his twin brother Arthur (Nick Zano), and their foster sister Agatha (Laura Regan) all received unique precognitive gifts through the Precrime programs that enable them to see a vision of a murder before it occurs. After being freed upon the dismantling of the Precrime division, they seek to fight crime with Detective Lara Vaga (Meagan Good) by using their sight into the future, while keeping their abilities hidden for their own safety.
With creative, writing, and producing veterans such as Kevin Falls, Max Borenstien, and Steven Spielberg, “Minority Report” showed a lot of promise early on, and was the first to get an official pilot order for the 2015-2016 season.
The opening narration done by lead female star, Meagan Good, sets also sets a promising and intriguing scene by saying, “There were three of them, Dash, Arthur, Agatha. They were called the Precognitives. They could see murders before they happened. For six years, our police held them against their will and used them to save lives. But after the government’s Precrime program was shut down, they were finally released. They kept themselves safe and hidden from the world…until now.”
Regardless, there are mixed reviews floating about among both critics and viewers.
Critic David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle voiced early optimism for the show, when he said “The pilot episode efficiently sets Minority Report up as a promising episodic drama that should pair well with the network’s other Monday drama, “Gotham.” Only a pre-cog can say for sure whether the show will have legs, but signs point to yes.”
However, Ken Tucker of Yahoo TV disagreed, saying “Alternately bad and laughably bad, Minority Report is one of the few new fall shows that can probably be fairly judged on the basis of its pilot alone: There are so many things working against it, it’s hard to imagine how the show could be better, even if Fox had sent out more than just its first episode to critics.”
Viewers also had varying opinions, according to user reviews on metacritic.com, which seemed to be heavily influenced by having seen, and liked the 2002 movie Minority Report.
One viewer wrote, “Good, not great, but it has potential. I hope it gets a chance to develop so we can see where it goes.”
Another said, “’Minority Report’ was a fantastic film/movie and I was really excited to see its TV adaptation, but gahd how disappointing!”
A third agreed, stating, “Couldn’t even get past 20 minutes of this show. Bored out of my mind, and they should just stick with the movie, instead of making this awful TV show.”
Among viewers who have seen the movie, the TV show appears to have fallen short of their expectations. Storylines that have been made popular as a feature length film are often hard to adapt to a series, which seems to be the consensus so far among viewers who’ve seen both versions of “Minority Report.”
Despite the sci-fi TV series rating lower than Fox’s other new Fall shows after the first 4 episodes, leading lady Meagan Good, who plays Detective Lara Vega, remains positive about her role on the show, particularly as a minority.
Good said, “The character is very colorless. And the cast, even though we are multicultural and we are very diverse, we are just living, breathing characters. And it’s always a blessing, when people hire you just for being good at what you do and bringing what you bring to the character,” said Good. “I think it has been, definitely, an incredible year for minorities as well, and I’m excited and blessed to be in the forefront of that, and, hopefully, that will just continue to manifest and be something we see more often.”
Good also remains hopeful for what lies ahead due to all the futuristic gadgets she gets to use in her role as Detective Lara Vega. As a newcomer to sci-fi, she’s had much to learn.
It’s a lot to learn. Everything from how the gadgets work, what they are supposed to do specifically. Even with the hand movements, it’s literally a science and almost, kind of, an alphabet of what the language is,” said Good. “It’s a really, really interesting role. It’s been really, really fun, and also to know a lot of these things are potentially going to exist in the future”
As for the future of the show?
The first season of “Minority Report” was originally scheduled to have 10 episodes during the main portion of the Fall season, with the 10th being a big finale. The additional 3, which have been cut after dismal ratings, would have been aired after a Fall hiatus later in the year had the series performed more favorably with viewers.
There has not been any information released as to whether the show will be cancelled after its first season, but unless ratings improve within the remainder of the season, the 10th episode may finish out the season of “Minority Report.”
For now, the show will continue to air Monday nights at 9PM on Fox. Whether it returns for another season next year, as Weigand said, only a precog can know for sure.