Boy, how I love me some crime and cop dramas with eccentric characters which is why I knew I had to watch the new TNT show Perception. It kind of reminded me of The Mentalist with eccentric Patrick Jane and his ability to use his intuition and people reading skills to help solve cases or Beautiful Mind mixed with Sherlock Holmes mixed with Fringe with Walter Bishop’s unusual way he concocts ideas. Whew!
Perception aired last night, July 10, and I was glued, hoping it would be good so I wouldn’t have to remove the series from my DVR. Well, I’m happy to report I think it will be a good season.
The pilot comes on with Eric’s character asking, “What is reality?” Ooooh, I’m gonna love this, I thought! It has humor, suspense, believable characters, and an opportunity to learn a bit from a schizophrenic neuroscientist.
Aside: The learning aspect of shows like is another thing that interests me. This is why I also watch shows like Raising the Bar, Franklin and Bash – albeit a crazier, funnier version of the latter!, Lie to Me, all the CSIs, The Mentalist, and the like. Basically you’ll find me watching almost any lawyer, doctor, and SciFi shows…
Okay, back to Perception. The pilot show has officially caught my interest!
So here’s what the show is about in a nutshell.
In Perception, Eric McCormack plays Dr. Daniel Pierce, an eccentric neuroscience professor with paranoid schizophrenia who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases. Pierce has an intimate knowledge of human behavior and a masterful understanding of the way the mind works. He also has an uncanny ability to see patterns and look past people’s conscious emotions to see what lies beneath.
Pierce’s mind may be brilliant, but it’s also damaged. He struggles with hallucinations and paranoid delusions brought on by his schizophrenia. Oddly, Daniel considers some of his hallucinations to be a gift. They occasionally allow him to make connections that his conscious mind can’t yet process. At other times, the hallucinations become Daniel’s greatest curse, leading him to behave in irrational, potentially dangerous ways. – TNT About Perception, read more.
It’s good to see Eric McCormack again, although he isn’t the polished, pretty boy he was as Will in Will and Grace. In Perception, he is a bit dishelved in appearance and can come off as gruff but it all adds to his character as a crazed professor.
- In addition to Eric, we have Rachael Leigh Cook as Kate Moretti, the FBI connection. Now you know we can’t have a drama without a good looking heroine.
- Arjay Smith as Max Lewicki, Dr. Pierce’s teaching assistant.
- Kelly Rowan as Natalie Vincent, Dr. Pierce’s best friend.
- Even our old buddy LeVar Burton has a recurring role and plays a dean at the university. *sings Reading Rainbow* LOL
Over to you…
Sooooo, although it seems Perception is another one of those “crazy guy solves crimes” drama shows, I think it’s going to be good. Are you watching it?