Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Painting By Numbers

Perception
Dr. Daniel Pierce, a talented but eccentric neuroscientist, is enlisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to assist in solving some of its most complex cases. Dr. Pierce works closely with Special Agent Kate Moretti, a former student who recruited him to work with the Bureau. Also on the team are Max Lewicki, Dr. Pierce's teaching assistant and Natalie Vincent, his best friend.
 
Now I may be doing this show a disservice but I don't think that's the way to bet. If mighty whitey turns out to be tolerant of others, polite and occasionally mistaken I may forgive the central character but this is still bolted together out of clich├ęs.

4 comments:

Evil Edna said...

Home from home or should that be House?EE

Leslie said...

He's a nice person, more or less, but he's schizophrenic. So he does have the occasional odd reaction to people and things. Borrows heavily from "A Beautiful Mind." The adjective I'm coming up with is "childlike" rather than "House-like". Eric McCormack is charmingly TV-friendly, and the rest of the chemistry is solid. He's portrayed as being more or less unable to function without a care-taker/assistant/handler (cf. "Monk"), so Max isn't some flunky, but a critical part of his lifestyle.

I've watched so much TV in the last five decades that "twists" rarely surprise me, and "Perception" is no exception to that rule.

Leslie said...

Also! Two weeks until Whispers arrives! *bounce*

Phil B-W said...

Monk always seemed fictionally plausible: a cop with incredible attention to detail and a gift for seeing how things hang together solves crime while dealing with the flip side of his gift, obsessive compulsive habits and phobias.

I just couldn't suspend my disbelief while watching Perception. A university lecturer who has complex visual and audio hallucinations, which he can't discern from reality, helps the FBI solve cases by listening to those hallucinations.