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review by Suzanne
Premieres Monday July 9 on TNT
I really enjoyed watching these shows, although I think
some of it was predictable and could be written a little bit
better. Most of it is really good, and I hope to see that it
improves. I will probably watch it either way because I like
the actors and the characters. The show is a bit like "The
Mentalist" but not quite as well done. Sometimes it also
reminds me of "House", "Sherlock" or "Monk".
Eric McCormack, best known for starring in "Will &
Grace", plays brilliant college professor Daniel Pierce.
He's described as a "neuroscientist", which I guess means he
knows about not only the brain, but behavior. He's not
only "eccentric" but actually he's schizophrenic. He goes to
a therapist but doesn't take medication. Yet somehow
he mostly functions in the real world. I don't think that
part is entirely realistic, and it will be interesting to
see if there is any controversy surrounding the show with
real life psychiatrists.
Daniel has a routine and sticks to it, which keeps him
mostly sane. He has an assistant, Max, who helps him out.
Daniel's old friend Kate, an FBI agent, comes back in to
town, so he helps her with solving crimes. He's really good
at figuring out puzzles, and at diagnosing people's mental
problems. He's not so great with people himself. Not only
that, but he has hallucinations. He sees and hears people,
and to him, they are real, but no one else sees them.
Not only that, but the hallucinations are really just parts
of his brain trying to give him clues to solve the crime.
It's kind of an interesting idea with lots of
possibilities. At the end of the first episode, we see
something that is supposed to be a shocker, I think, but
it's kind of obvious throughout the episode. Some of
the show is a little unbelievable and contrived. But it's
all a matter of what you look for in a TV show. It's very
entertaining, and the characters are great. I love the
actors, too. I will definitely keep watching. It is not a
boring show, by any means. Hopefully, it will improve, the
same way, for example, that "Castle" did.
McCormack is just great as Daniel. He's the main reason
to watch. Rachel Leigh Cook does a great job as Kate, too.
She reminds me a bit of Robin Tunney, who plays Libson in
"The Mentalist", too. Arjaye Smith plays Max. Jonathan
Scarfe plays Roger Probert, Kate's partner, who doesn't like
Daniel too much. LeVar Burton has a small part as the Dean
in Daniel's college.
Perception – New Series Premiere: Monday, July 9, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
Drama fans are about to meet one of the most unique crime solvers on television when TNT premieres this fascinating new series about an eccentric neuroscience professor who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases. Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Eric McCormack stars as Dr. Daniel Pierce, who possesses an intimate knowledge of human behavior and a masterful understanding of the way the mind works. Although Pierce's mind may be brilliant, it's also damaged as he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. Also starring are Rachael Leigh Cook co-stars as FBI agent Kate Moretti, Pierce’s former student who asks him to consult on certain cases. Arjay Smith plays Max Lewicki who serves as Pierce's teaching assistant. Kelly Rowan is Natalie Vincent, Daniel's best friend and every bit his intellectual equal. In addition, Levar Burton will play a recurring role as Paul Haley, a dean at the university and Pierce’s friend. Perception was created by executive producer Kenneth Biller and co-executive producer Mike Sussman, with McCormack serving as producer. The series comes to TNT from ABC Studios.
UPDATE: TNT sent me the final two episodes of the summer.
They are really great. I like the show a lot, anyway - way
more than I thought I would. Mostly because of Eric
McCormack. He does an outstanding job. It's got pretty good
scripts, too, though.
Pierce starts really losing it, and he gets caught up in
this whole conspiracy. It's very interesting because you
don't know what's real and what's not. The two
episodes both very good. It's hard to say much without
giving the whole plot away. We finally get to see the real
Natalie... sort of! It's very shocking.
I expected it to end on a cliff-hanger, but they tie
everything up pretty neatly at the end. Maybe they just did
it this way in case they didn't get to come back. I'm happy
to say that it's been renewed for a second season. Yay!
I can't wait until it comes back.
You won't be disappointed when you watch these finally
two episodes! They are great!
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