Perception (2012–2015)
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Pierce is hired to determine the competency of a convicted murderer who has been granted a new trial. After examining the killer, who had subsequently suffered a brain injury and now ... See full summary »

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Pierce is hired to determine the competency of a convicted murderer who has been granted a new trial. After examining the killer, who had subsequently suffered a brain injury and now exhibits a completely changed personality, Pierce asserts that he is essentially no longer the same person and should no longer be held accountable for the murder. His work puts him at odds with the new prosecutor Donnie Ryan, who doesn't like the fact that Pierce is interfering with his case, or that he is such good friends with Kate, his soon to be ex-wife. Written by A Dude Named Dude

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The defendants name is Billy Flynn, the same name as the "hotshot" lawyer in Chicago (2002). The musical about Billy Flynn trying to get his clients off of death row for the murders of their lovers, the same situation as the character in this episode finds himself in. They are both set in Chicago. See more »

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At the beginning of the show, Daniel is showing a film to his class using a 16mm projector. His assistant stops the film without turning off the projector lamp, using it like a film strip to continually show a picture of Frankenstein's monster. Projector lamps get very hot, and film is notoriously flammable. Just a few seconds of projecting through a stopped film would result in burning through that frame--the classic picture of the film burning and breaking would appear on the screen. See more »

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Features Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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Low Key and Flawless
30 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Excellent start for the new season - virtually flawless. The 'issue' addressed, what do we do with a criminal (or anyone else) once they've morphed into a totally different person, is both obviously simple and and irresolvably complex. As individuals, we are unique both in place and time, meaning that we are not nor can ever be the 'same person' that we were even a moment ago.

In this episode, a really nasty, violent and worthless as a human being biker has flipped, thanks to a head injury, into his exact opposite; so is he still liable for his crimes? The script answers no (the humane answer) but that isn't the heart of the matter; once the former biker's guilt is expunged the real 'issue' emerges: the duality of the question, both simple and complex.

That complexity is expressed by the Brother's murder of the newly released former biker but what I really enjoyed was how the episode expressed its simplicity: Natalie Vincent is my favorite of Pierce's imaginary foils but when Caroline emerged as a real flesh and blood character as well as Natalie's template, I was afraid Natalie would be banished. And Pierce's evolving relationship with Caroline seemed to emphasize that possibility.

She's Back, thankfully, as the expression of the simplicity side of this episode's theme. Both Natalie and Caroline, while based on the same template, are separate individuals, just as the Old Biker and the New Biker, so there's no contradiction and neither precludes the other. Personally, I don't care about the logic of it all, I'm just really glad to see both characters co-existing.

This is all played out in a very low-key, measured cadence which counterpoints with the seriousness and innate drama of the 'issue'. The script is as polished as a well-written short short story and the performances are just as economical and precise; seen it twice and those characteristics just strengthen with the second viewing.

Added seasoning: Donnie, Moretti's Ex and one of those "What the hell did she ever see in him?", love-to-hate but like him anyway characters, like Ben Grogan in Fairly Legal.

Finally, I'm comfortable revealing all of these plot points because the fun is the process of the plot unfolding, doesn't matter if you know how it all ends-up.


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