I sat down to watch this at honestly did not know what to expect. I had refused to read any reviews even though the trailer had me intrigued. If you are getting bored of the shows that have two people who solve puzzles where the storyline doesn’t really make sense then I doubt you will like this show.
People often say that crime and comedy don’t mix, but I wonder how many of those same people laughed at BBCs Sherlock. I am actually one of those people that believe crime and comedy can be mixed, but have to be so in a subtle and delicate way. This show does that superbly. The basic premise of this show is that a professor that is clearly suffering with schizophrenia, and has a love of everything that puzzles him works as an advisor for the FBI.
The highlight of the show is beyond all doubt Eric McCormack’s portrayal of the vulnerable doctor, Dr Daniel Pierce. His career seemed to stall since the days of Will and Grace but it is great to see him back on our screens and in a role he can show of the extent to which his talent can stretch. Rachael Leigh Cook is OK and nothing more in her role as seasoned FBI Agent Kate Moretti, however there are some moments where the on screen chemistry between her and McCormack carry her through.
The show hangs on plot twists that it hopes the viewer will not see coming, yet the show is covered in moments of “I knew that would happen”. Watching episode three last night, you knew that as soon as they settled on one suspect to arrest it would be wrong and McCormack would save the day, and yet this doesn’t matter. What matters is that it is just a rehash of other shows.
The show combines elements of House, Bones, A Beautiful Mind, and hopes that they will work. If you cast your mind back to House when he was hallucinating his best friends dead girlfriend Amber, you will recall that the show stalled. House had been built on this man have interactions with his own team, belittling every idea they could come up with, yet when Amber came along he became distracted and it felt as if it was a two man show. Perception has a similar storyline with the main character engaging in full conversations with his ex girlfriend thinking through aspects of the case he is currently working on. While it is not spectacular, it is a solid watch that manages to keep you gripped for the 40 minute run time.