- Kenneth Biller
- Mike Sussman
- Alan Poul
Perception : has all the elements to entertain and to baffle the philosophical in you.
I have often wondered what it feels like to have an infliction of the mind. A childhood friend was a victim of schizophrenia before he passed away years ago. This has left me a huge chunk of questions and dread in my mind. My Psychology class taught me something about the loss of the sense of reality, hallucinations and other things. But none comes close to really giving you the view on the part of the one who suffers it.
In this ABC series, the main character of Dr. Daniel Pierce is played by Eric McCormack. He is a talented but eccentric neuropsychiatrist. He is enlisted by the FBI to assist in solving some of its most complex cases in Chicago. Dr. Pierce works closely with Special Agent Kate Moretti(Rachael Leigh Cook). She is a former student who recruited him to work with the FBI.
What I admire about the show is the chemistry between the two. Eric McCormack is comical at times and this is balanced by Rachael Leigh Cook’s tough acting. What is also interesting is how the characters evolve either imaginary or not. I think one of the engaging moments is when Dr. Pierce gets into a dialogue with his imaginary friend Natalie Vincent. And she proves to be more rational than he is. They go into debates and sometimes she comforts him. But we the viewers know this isn’t real. She is part of his imagination.
He solves crimes by listening to the voices in his head, his hallucinations and his dialogues with his imaginary friend. I also like the portrayal of Kate because it reminds me of Gillian Anderson’s portrayal of Dana Scully in the X-Files. There are moments when he doubts his abilities and questions his insanity but Kate is like an anchor that keeps him going.
The show’s 40 minutes seems full and you always get something to smile about with each episode. It isn’t just a show about crimes and Psychology. It is also about human conscience. You can tell that the script writers did a good job and putting out amazing episodes week after week. My personal favorite is The Messenger where while investigating the death of an ex-junkie, Daniel and Kate are led to a cult and a boy who believes he can talk to God. It is hard to choose though as each episode has something amazing to offer.
I like the part when Dr. Pierce listens to the music in his mind. I think that is something I or anyone can relate to. And you don’t even have to be crazy! On August 17, 2012, TNT renewed Perception for a second season consisting of 13 episodes, slated to premiere in Summer 2013