The threads of multiple plotlines coalesced on this week’s Minority Report, culminating in a veritable orgy of predictive surveillance.
The Hawk-Eye pilot program (a.k.a. PreCrime by computer) is now watching the D.C. citizenry. Vega and Dash are watching Hawk-Eye and trying to stay a step ahead. Blake is watching Vega because he suspects shenanigans. And Agatha is watching everyone’s future on the psychic TV inside her mind and hoping to unravel the truth before she and her brothers end up back at the mercy of the state in underground-bathtub prison.
Right off the bat, we see Hawk-Eye in action: A guy out for a high-speed joyride with his wife is rudely interrupted by an alert from the program, informing him that a pattern of risky behavior has gotten him flagged as a threat to public safety. And at the same time, back at police headquarters, the cops are getting a similar lesson. In short: Hawk-Eye’s algorithm notices patterns and flags suspicious behavior.
Vega, ever cheeky, points out that this is going to get dicey, fast, when they have to follow and arrest flagged individuals who haven’t actually committed a crime and earns herself an assignment testing out Hawk-Eye in the field for her trouble.
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Meanwhile, Dash and Arthur are off on a brotherly mountain-biking excursion in a local park. But it’s not all fun, fresh air, and tiny plastic packets of marijuana that melts on your tongue like a Listerine strip; Arthur wants to warn Dash about the dangers of trusting Vega.
“Everyone is capable of anything,” Arthur says. As if to prove it, this statement is immediately followed by a sibling psychic vision: The destiny of yet another killer crystallizes, resulting in a name for Arthur and a vision for Dash of the violent crime. Right off the bat, it looks like this murder is different in that it involves a lot of stomping.
A round with Wally’s precog projection helmet confirms: It’s a fistfight, and the murderer is a man named Mark Massero — who just happens to be the same man flagged as a threat at the start of the episode. There’s just one problem: With the Hawk-Eye pilot program operational and with Blake asking questions about Vega’s last two cases, the illicit adventures of cop-and-precog have officially gotten too risky.
But not to worry, Vega has a plan: to get Dash hired on with the police as a civilian analyst. It seems foolproof — Arthur can even give him a new identity — although Dash is not keen on going back in the precog milk bath, or even into the building where the milk bath used to be, really.
Meanwhile, speaking of the milk bath, Agatha is still having ominous visions. She updates Arthur with the latest wrinkle: Vega is, in their future, complicit in their re-enslavement. The two surmise that someone inside the government must be looking for them. Who? We don’t know, but Agatha says she knows who to ask — which is news to Arthur, and to us, since that island she’s living on was supposed to be pretty unpopulated. As it turns out, she has at least one neighbor. His name is Charlie, and he’s a very naughty man, with a history of embezzlement and other unsavories. Agatha’s first move: using her psychic skills to reveal to Charlie that she knows about his past, spooking the hell out of him.
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