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Rachael Leigh Cook was the only excuse I needed to check out
Perception. Indeed its concept sounded just like all these other cop
shows trying to bend things with edgy characters and unorthodox
experts. However in the end it's not the actress who stole my heart in
1999, the year She's All That was released, but Eric McCormack's
performance as Doctor Daniel Pierce. As expected RLC was cute as a
button but she didn't convince me at all as a FBI agent. So don't
expect her to pull a Dana Scully or anything exciting because sadly her
character, Kate Moretti, was written by the book and couldn't be more
normal. However I suspect it was intentional because it magnified the
Doctor's eccentricity but still it's definitely a lazy solution to
design characters. Otherwise the story is really about Daniel, from his
life as a teacher and how he deals with his condition. What's reality ?
He asks the question to his neuroscience students and then give a quite
shaking answer, as fascinating as the Allegory of the Cave. During the
episode many other interesting and surprising topics are also covered,
from lie human detectors to medicine side effects. Hallucinations are
also part of the experience so you're constantly bouncing between
realities. Add mind puzzles, special senses with a twisted
investigation and you can't help comparing it to Mental or Person of
Interest's pilots. It's also possible to associate attributes from the
Doctor's profile to Benjamin Harmon from American Horror Story even if
Daniel doesn't act like a psycho. Sadly I doubt following his
unconventional adventure will make us forget that the series format can
only be episodic. Sure his best friend has an undeniable potential and
the ending made me very curious about what's coming but I don't have
much hope. Therefore I'll give it an other chance and probably move on.
Note : This review was first posted on Kritikenstein, my weblog.
They say that most Pilots stink, but I have to say that this one is not
one of them, what is more nuts than Columbo? well Eric McCormack as Dr.
Daniel Pierce a college professor who gets involved in FBI
investigations thanks to his former student FBI Agent Kate Moretti
delectable played by the always interesting Rachael Leigh Cook, I have
followed Cook from the beginning of her career and if I am not mistaken
she might finally have found a project where she can shine eternally.
If you like me like detective shows, then try this one, it is now on my DVR and I hope it continues to develop in direction it is, I have to say though if college professors are all as oddball as Dr. Daniel then American Education are truly in trouble.
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