TV Club: Like a precog’s vision, Minority Report flashes by without much substance

It’s hardly fair to compare a television pilot with a big-budget, Tom Cruise-starring science-fiction film, let alone one directed by Steven Spielberg. But there’s no avoiding the comparison, and so far Minority Report—a sequel to the 2002 blockbuster—doesn’t shy away from its flashier predecessor. More’s the pity: A little extra distance might have taken some of the sting out of the pilot’s shortcomings.

That’s not to say that the series doesn’t have promise. After an awkward recap of the events of the movie—sort of a “previously on” for a show that hasn’t been previously on anything—the show leaps right into a cold open that’s as instructive as it is gripping. A good pilot does more than hook its audience. It also finds a way to teach viewers how to watch, and for a solid six minutes, Minority …

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