Perception: Season 1
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Dr. Daniel Pierce is a brilliant neuroscientist who opens and closes each show with a fascinating lecture on the brain. When he's not lecturing, he's absorbed in any puzzle he can find. Puzzles help keep him focused on reality instead of his delusions. The best puzzles are the ones brought by his friend from the FBI.
Daniel and Kate solve the mystery of the week together. The 'Aha!' moment often comes when Daniel pays attention to his hallucinations. They provide messages from his subconscious that lead him to see what he couldn't otherwise see. The mysteries are interesting and engaging.
This is wonderful as an introduction to life with a serious mental illness. The show focuses on the mystery, keeping the discussions on mental illness from being heavy-handed. But they also gently touch on the disappointments and frustrations of mental illness. And Daniel's brilliance and competence is a constant ray of hope. Another ray of hope is in the care and affection his friends have for him.
I have watched a loved one suffer through delusions and paranoia. This is not that, and I wouldn't want it to be. The show doesn't have the extreme ups and downs of real life with an illness like schizophrenia. It shows his symptoms as mostly useful and sometimes worrisome. Some might say that they take the illness too lightly. I'm not sure I'd want to watch a show that was harsher.
The heart of this show is its hope. Daniel is a fighter. He's determined to find the best life for himself, even if that means making sacrifices. The show gives a respectful but superficial glance into what it's like to live with this kind of mental illness.
The show's first season on ABC had 10 episodes. It's a murder mystery series (though it involves the FBI and not a local police bureau). The main character is a college professor in Chicago area who has had mental issues. But he has also written major books on psycho-pharmacology. He helps the FBI solve murders, one in each episode. But there is a back story line here too and I won't share that yet.
Since the DVD has no commercials each episode runs less than 45 minutes (any you wonder how many commercials are inserted in the average TV show?) and so you can watch the whole season easily over 2-3 nights - as I did. I found that the best way as it flowed better. I'm not spoiling anything her by telling you a few things: The back story line has a nice "arc" and certain "loose ends" are tied up at the end. This is not one of those TV shows that leave you with a cliffhanger at the end of the season. The show has been renewed (I never saw it on TV and don't plan to watch Season Two until its DVD release) but this Season stands on its own. (Note that Episodes 9 and 10 are connected (a two-parter).
Like an onion, each episode peels off another layer of the central character and things that had you wondering why things happened are revealed at appropriate times.Read more ›
The two have nice screen chemistry. It's also nice to see TV favorites like Lavar Burton and Jamie Bamber in recurring roles. I heard a blurb about this show on NPR and was interested in the writer's inspiration for the McCormack character. Very entertaining so far.
Dr. Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack) is an eccentric neuroscientist who uses his unique outlook to help the federal government solve complex criminal cases. The interesting aspect about Pierce is his perception - he sees people that aren't there, is able to translate anagrams, can sense when someone is lying, etc. He may be schizophrenic but that part of his character isn't clear yet. We can see that he is terrific in the classroom. For his own check on reality he keeps a young student by his side, Arjay Smith as Max Lewicki. He is `visited' by people form his past or his imagination who `aid' him - Colin Cunningham, Kelly Rowan - and is associated with an FBI team that includes Rachel Leigh Cook as Kate Moretti, Christopher Chen, Jonathan Scarfe, etc. Somehow this combination adds to solving insolvable cases.
If the writers are able to maintain credibility with Dr Pierce and his idiosyncrasies for a whole season with too much pushing the button, this should prove to be a very watchable season. Worth giving it a chance. Grady Harp, July 12
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Please restart this shows. His neuroscience teaching is fascinating and there's still so many more possibilities for new episodes and seasons. Read morePublished 1 month ago by sarah sedefoglu
Loved this show and very happy to get it. Look forward to getting the other season's.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
loved this show. it should be free on Prime. Im not paying for additional episodesPublished 8 months ago by lizzytish