Perception: A Psychological Crime Drama Series from the Creators of Star Trek



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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

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  • Dani Heart

    Firstly let me say that I love your enthusiasm for this show. 🙂 I think it is bad form to use the voices manifested in someones head from a mental illness as entertainment, although admittedly I am sure it is wildly amusing. I think it is both a slippery slope and insulting, painting any part of that illness in a positive or humorous light to those that truly suffer from it and are stigmatized by it. Also it distorts reality for those that are not familiar. Sadly, people believe the stuff they see on tv. My view of the premise of the show certainly has no bearing on this review of it. I think you have done an excellent job here of relating the things that drew you in and made you a follower of the show. Well done.

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  • Hi Dani,
    First of all thank you for the clarity and valid points you offer in your feedback. I like the fact that the people behind the show made the portrayal as sensitive as possible and at the same time viewers get to take something with them , not just on the ‘feel good’ or comedy purposes of the show but I can see that it is well researched and well presented. I agree that TV should not be used as the primary source of education the or a a means of finding cure to our illnesses. But like you said what has drawn me to the show is rather on a level that the characters speak to me and I identified with them. This is one thing that a good show should have:good plot and strong characters. I am not really a TV fan since I only started watching last year because I was introduced to them by someone so this is not much of a review but rather as my reaction to the show. Once again thank you for your feedback. Those are things that viewers don’t really check I guess but those are good points in analyzing what makes a television show good or bad.

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