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Minority Report - Fiddler’s Neck / Honor Among Thieves - Double Review: “A Look At The Past”

17 Nov 2015

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After weeks of mystery, Minority Report finally provided some background on the precogs and how they all ended up where they are today. It was nice to see their history and to understand why they are the way they are. Fiddler’s Neck, in particular, showed us the rural island which they travelled to upon their release from the precrime program, and also fleshed out Agatha’s backstory, which was desperately needed! Both episodes focused on the precog’s past and included the place they lived after pre crime, Fiddler’s Neck, and how they got there after being released.

Fiddler’s Neck:

During Fiddler’s Neck, we had the opportunity to see Agatha’s backstory. We haven't had the chance to learn that much about Agatha or her history so I think this was a much needed episode. During this episode we meet Brian, a man who owns the horse farm that Agatha starts to work for. Before long, they become romantically involved and then fall in love. However, because she has the ability to see the future, she saw that he’ll find happiness with someone else in the future so she left him, which I think is pretty tragic - for her, at least. Meanwhile, in the present time, she has a vision of Brian’s daughter dying. Brian soon becomes a prime suspect, however, the murder seems to be illness related so they can’t figure out how it could actually be a murder. At first, they think it’s because she has malaria and is not being treated with any medication. Her mother refuses to give her any medicine but Brian is secretly giving it to his daughter without his wife’s knowledge. However, it turns out that tobacco growers on the island were trying to poison the family in order to get them to comply with growing tobacco on their land. I’m not really sure how killing them all was going to help…if they kill the family then they still don’t have anyone to grow their tobacco, they just have the land to grow it themselves. What they needed to do is convince them to grow it, but whatever, I’ll go with it.

This episode had a lot going for it. First, seeing all the siblings working together was nice and we got a closer look at how Agatha fits in with them during crime solving. Up until this point she had always been rather cold and distant, but this episode seemed to humanize her and make her a much more relatable character. However, I already had an opinion on her and this didn't really change anything. I will say though, even though she’s a bit of a weirdo and I don’t particularly like her, I do kind of like Agatha and Brian together. I’m a bit disappointed that it didn’t work out between them. One of my big complaints for this show in general is that they’re always really loose with the precog secret. I’m sure by the end of their time together, Brian and his whole family must have known that they were all from the precrime program. Plus, they walk around casually talking about it in public every week and they aren't very subtle with their explanations either.

Honor Among Thieves:

Now that we had been introduced to Fiddler’s Neck in the previous episode, Honor Among Thieves showed us how they ended up there and what their lives were like fresh out of precrime. The episode began with a flashback to right after they were let go. Interestingly, they all seem to act like Dash does now. Agatha and Arthur seem to have adapted to fit into the outside word but Dash is still kind of the same wide-eyed, naive person he’s always been. We see that on the first night of their release, Arthur meets a woman and quickly takes a liking to her. However, she ends up being the victim of a murder and they weren’t able to save her. They didn’t really try though, the only person who really wanted to make the effort was Arthur and by the time he had the chance it was too late. This totally explains Arthur’s attitude and persona. He obviously doesn’t like to get close to anyone because the first time he got attached, that person died. It’s interesting though to see how Dash and Arthur seem to have flip-flopped their opinions in the time since these events.

Meanwhile, in the present, Dash and Vega were too late to save a murder victim so Dash gets really over eager and starts working the case by himself. This gets him into some trouble and he ends up being kidnapped by a high profile crime boss. The murder victim was embezzling money and hiding it for the person who took Dash, so when he ends up dead and all the money goes missing, this crime boss suspects that Arthur is responsible, hence the Dash kidnapping. It turns out that Arthur is responsible, but in the end it all works out and they get Dash back, mostly in one piece (minus a finger!). I was shocked they actually went that far but obviously with their tech, reattaching it takes two seconds - kind of makes the threat of cutting off a finger not that scary.

I enjoyed this episode because it was cute to see Arthur caring so much about Dash. We’ve seen them make a lot of progress in their relationship so far but this episode really showed how much they care for each other. It was especially nice because, up until this point, it didn’t really seem like Arthur cared that much about anyone. He’s my favorite, and in my opinion, the most interesting character on the show so it was great to see some character development and backstory for him.

What did you think of these episodes? Let me know in the comments and thanks for reading!

About the Author - Kate Sidwell
Kate is a 24 year old, USA based, Psychology/Public Health Researcher - but that’s just her day job! In her spare time she is an avid TV watcher (some may even say addict!!). Some of her favorite shows are Jane the Virgin, Bates Motel, The Flash, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Rookie Blue, Silicon Valley, Beauty and the Beast, Sleepy Hollow, The 100, The Mindy Project, Pretty Little Liars, Once Upon a Time, The Royals, Orphan Black…so pretty much too many to count and a huge variety! She’ll give pretty much any show a chance! She also devotes a lot of time to her tumblr ( where you can find her reviewing and commenting on most of these shows and just generally fangirling! She’s excited to be writing for SpoilerTV on Complications, Baby Daddy, Proof, Switched at Birth, Secrets and Lies, and Minority Report!
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