I was given the chance to get a sneak preview into the first four episodes of TNT’s Perception that premiered last night at 10/9c from Klout. I don’t always write about my Klout perks here and I should, but this should be a sign of how great this show is. If I were to give you the smallest summary I could, I would say that it is like The Mentalist meets House, a very perceptive (hah!) show that gives us the riddles we loved so much while watching Gregory House; except now it’s all about the mind instead of Lupus!
It’s not Lupus!
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.
I love that the main character / doctor is a paranoid schizophrenic. I love that this entire series is wrapped around the odd and strange things that our minds do to perceive reality, what is real and how it processes things. At the beginning of each episode it generally gives you some sort of basis of what you are going to be looking into and then at the end summarizes how we cope with those things. That may sound kind of silly in writing, but they do it superbly in the show.
One of the things I’m still not quite sure about is Rachael Leigh Cook as the FBI agent. I just don’t see her as an FBI agent and she’s not as strong as an actress as Eric McCormack is as an actor. Although, I did misjudge him as well since I only ever saw him on Will & Grace. I had no trouble putting aside his past character for this new one as he does seem completely crazy.
Rachael Leigh Cook kind of grew on me as I watched a few episodes so maybe as the season goes on more I may be able to overlook her as a petite female with a submissive attitude to Dr. Daniel Pierce rather than a strong, stubborn FBI agent. The beautiful Kelly Rowan and Arjay Smith are in great roles.
Overall, I love this show. I have a thing for odd quirks of the mind and I often find myself getting sucked into reading things about mental disorders and how the mind and space really intertwine reality. A lot of the information in Documentaries goes well over my head, so it is kind of nice to have a show, that in some very odd way, shares a bit of insight on a level that we can all understand … with a few puzzles and mysteries mixed in. Great job TNT!
Although, now I have to wait until August to watch another Episode and that kind of sucks.