This Week in #POCtv: Minority Report
We'll start with Minority Report.
When you consider the train-wreck that was Meagan Good's last show, Minority Report is a huuuuuge improvement. This is not to say this show is a flawless victory and FOX's next big hit. Far from it. The pilot was filled with a lot of the typical pilot problems which plague shows these days.
1) For one, there are no coincidences in Hollywood
Tom Cruise's latest film does not just "happen" to come out around the same time as a TV show based on a film of his from back in the day. Furthermore, I don't recall a lot of people clamoring for a show based on that movie. As far as folks are concerned, there are way too many other shows which need to be shows right now, including a reboot of Joss Whedon's Firefly starring the original cast. See how desperate people can get?
2) Cliched Leads
We have a man and woman partnering up to solve crimes. In this case it's a male psychic and a female detective. Instead of making one gay and the other straight to prevent the predictable "Endgame Couple" BS, already there are references to Dash (the psychic) being Det. Vega's boyfriend. *rolls eyes* #BoredNow
3) One of the leads is a straight white male
*yawns* 'Cause Lord knows we have such a huge shortage of those. Meagan Good exhibited some palpable chemistry with her Latino boss on the show, but by the way the
4) Yay, we get it; it's the future
On one hand, mad props for not showing us a blindingly white America in 2065. On the other hand, I agree with other critics that we don't need 52 reminders per minute that it's the future and technology has evolved. Like...#NoDuh.
I'm actually a big fan of Meagan Good and genuinely want to her to have a successful career. So far, the writers on this show have characterized her a lot more seriously than she was on Deception, but at times the camera and wardrobe can get a bit male gaze-y. We'll see what tomorrow brings.