Now that summer is in full swing there aren't many of the fall/winter/spring series that everybody watches so avidly: The Borgias, Game of Thrones, Nurse Jackie, The Hour, Downton Abbey are all on hiatus. Yes, Suits is in a new season, and joining Suits is the very terrific The Newsroom with Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer et al. And now another series that is smartly written and well acted - PERCEPTION.
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