Tuesday, July 10, 2012

{TV Show Review} Perception Starring Eric McCormack

Yes, I know, this is a book review blog, but after watching the pilot of Perception last night, I couldn't help but tell the world about it.

Title: Perception
Starring: Eric McCormack, Rachel Leigh Cook, and Arjay Smith
Created by: Kenneth Biller and Mike Sussman
Genre: Crime Drama


Dr. Daniel Pierce is an eccentric neuroscientist who uses his unique outlook to help the federal government solve complex criminal cases. (Photo and Blurb via IMDB)

Many of you may know Eric McCormack from his role as Will on the popular comedy "Will and Grace." I loved him then and when I saw he had a new television series, I admit, I did a little happy dance.

Now, you all know how pilot episodes go and you never know if you'll get to season two or not, but I truly fell in love with "Perception" last night. If you didn't catch the first episode, it will be rerunning on TNT next Monday night.

You're probably asking yourself why I fell in love with another crime drama, because lets admit it, they are everywhere. Everything from the CSI franchise, to the NCIS franchise, to the Closer, and Franklin and Bash. All of which I've watched and loved, though the plot lines are becoming repetitive and sometimes, just plain cheesy. Here's where "Perception" comes in.

Dr. Daniel Pierce, as noted in the blurb, is an eccentric neuroscientist. He also suffers from schizophrenia and often hallucinates, seeing people who are not really there. He is a professor at a university who consults with the federal government to solve complex criminal cases. Nothing much different in that description right?

Lets talk about mental illness for a moment. Most of us know somebody, or are that somebody, who suffers from depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. And, unless you've been that person or you are capable of feeling empathy, there is no way for you to understand just how consuming and incapacitating these disorders can be. But schizophrenia is extremely difficult to manage and is relatively rare in nature.

I loved "Perception" because we get to see Dr. Pierce deal with his mental illness without the use of meds and with a complete understanding about his illness. He's learned methods to deal with his overwhelming surroundings and relies on a friend to help him distinguish reality from hallucinations. He teaches psychology courses and I found a deep appreciation behind the brief explanations of neurotransmitters and what science has truly learned about mental illnesses.

Before you ask, yes, I'm a huge geek. I love to read, write, and seldom find time for television. In another life, and maybe one soon to come, I was a nurse and had to learn to deal with all types of personality disorders. I excelled at understanding people's issues and this made me a better nurse. I also suffer from clinical depression and anxiety disorder. If I had to guess, I also have a touch of ADHD...ask anyone who knows me.

So maybe this is where my love of the new show stems from, I don't really know. What I do know, is by creating television shows portraying people with mental illness in a positive manner, we can--hopefully--shed a new light onto the people who suffer from these types of issues and learn the truth surrounding these sometime debilitating diseases.

If you get a chance, try to catch an episode or two of "Perception" on TNT, Monday nights at 7 EST/8CST. Maybe you'll find yourself learning something new...not just watching another crime show.


  1. I haven't seen him since Will and Grace, I loved him there. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, I want to check this new series out.

  2. Love him!! Something new on TV???? Can't wait to check it out!

  3. This show was EXCELLENT! As someone who has bipolar disorder and generalized anxiety disorder and is managed through medication, I have often thought of trying to find ways of getting off the pills. I have been on them for 5 years and keep having to increase the dosage to keep them working. I hate them because they can often cause a great malaise. I am not depressed, just have a lack of ambition. Anyway, this show was quite intriguing and it did not trivialize the illness. Made me happy.

  4. Yes, definitely a show to check out. It's funny and sometimes a bit intense, but I loved it.

  5. I have missed him since Will and Grace went off the air. This role is comedic but not in the same way Will and Grace was.

  6. I agree, sometimes television and the movies do trivialize mental illnesses as a whole or they always make the person with these problems the villain. It was nice to finally see someone with such a harrowing disease be the good guy. And he's just so darn funny anyway. LOL.



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