Fall 2015: What’s on Monday? Supergirl, Blindspot & Minority Report
BY Jennifer Griffin
Published 6 years ago
With a slew of new shows to consider this Fall, it can be hard to know what to DVR, what to ditch, and what to invest your time watching live. And with a huge number of often nebulous, or worse, blandly praise-worthy online reviews popping up ahead of the Fall schedule the decision only becomes more difficult.
That’s where ScreenSpy comes in. We’ve put together a series of brief and concise thoughts on everything on offer, structured according to the day each new show airs. What’s more, our reviews are written by people who have watched and analyzed in advance almost every pilot episode of every new show premiering this TV season.
Is Blindspot worth the hype? Is Supergirl The Flash light? Will Minority Report turn out to be another Almost Human? We can’t predict the future, but we can help you make an informed viewing choice. And because we’re not owned or affiliated with any TV Network, unlike some of our industry peers, you can be sure our criticism is genuine, and not a marketing maneuver in disguise.
The various Networks sent us a slew of pilot episodes over the summer on a ‘not for review’ basis. This means that they don’t want us to offer a full critique just yet. That’s ok with us because this series of articles isn’t intended to be another lengthy online review. (We can discuss all those character insights later, right?) Sometimes, the Network will decide to recast an actor, alter a scene, or make a change to any number of little details that might spell big changes for the show as a whole. For that reason they don’t want us to review their product before it’s finished, which is understandable. We wouldn’t like someone reading an early first draft of this article either. What you will find below, therefore, are our first impressions, or a ‘preview’ of what’s around the corner.
And yes, our full ‘for review’ analysis will follow in due course.
Here’s what’s new on Monday night this Fall.
MINORITY REPORT (FOX)
What FOX Says: Based on Steven Spielberg’s international blockbuster film, Minority Report follows the partnership between a man haunted by the future and a cop haunted by her past, as they race to stop the worst crimes before they happen.
What We Say: We’re tempted to liken this show to Almost Human, another glossy and promising scifi show that lasted only a single season on FOX, but the truth is Minority Report probably owes more to FOX’s other hit show Sleepy Hollow than to last season’s failed ro-bromance or even the 2002 movie upon which it’s based.
Following a dramatic event, an ambitious young female cop is partnered with a strange but uniquely-skilled man who also happens to be completely out of step with the minutiæ of modern life. (Are you starting to see those Sleepy Hollow similarities yet?)
Together they solve crimes — in this instance before they happen – and learn about friendship, family, belonging and other fuzzy feel-good stuff along the way.
Who’s In It: Stark Sands as Dash, Meagan Good as Vega, Laura Regan as Agatha, Li Jun LI as Akeela, Nick Zano as Arthur, Wilmer Valderrama as Will Blake and Daniel London as Wally.
Points of Note: Stark Sands is wonderfully engaging as the confused and innocent Dash, and we get a real sense of who he is and what he stands for over the course of the pilot episode. Good work, writers! Meagan Good’s Detective Vega on the other hand is, thus far, a bland combination of TV stereotypes that ticks the ‘strong female cop’ box. We can only hope this character gets some creative love and attention going forward.
Wilmer Valderrama also stars as Vega’s one night stand/briefly former boyfriend, but for some reason he come across creepy as hell, and we’re not quite sure if it’s intentional.
Minority Report premieres Monday September 21 (9:00 to 10:00 pm ET/PT) on FOX.