Perception Review: Superhero Schizophrenic
"Nemesis" held such promise to be a provocative Perception episode that really delved into the psyche of Daniel Pierce while revealing to Kate Moretti news of his un-medicated schizophrenia.
That sounds like juicy drama, right?
But while Perception promos (they really can be misleading, can't they?) seemed to point towards Moretti confronting Pierce about his struggles, the real focus of the episode centered around a murdered judge.
Which could have proven interesting enough given that the prime suspect had schizophrenia. Granted, it was far worse than we've seen Pierce experience, what with complete delusions and an utter break with reality, but isn't that the point? To show what Pierce could become?
It was nice seeing Jonathan Tucker back on TV and he really captured that loss of sanity wrapped inside the mind of a protector. I may still wish he was on The Black Donellys and even enjoyed his stint on Parenthood, but Tucker was a perfect looking glass for Pierce. Hearing voices in your head might be crazy, but so is seeing the judge dressed up as a superhero.
So, why did it feel like we barely scratched the surface of Dr. Pierce in this episode? Is it going to be really discussed in season two?
I hope so, especially because Kate hardly gave Pierce any flack for not telling her what was going on.
Sure, she stormed into his home like she was upset, but after quickly explaining it all, it was as if she shrugged her shoulders and said, "Okay."
Wait. What? Kate barged in and then dropped it? Where's the tension, the compassion for her afflicted partner, the anger at being left in the dark?
Maybe Kate was emotionally having an off day, but whatever she was doing, she was still getting people to spill their secrets like a broken pinata.
I mean, guest star Eddie Furlong didn't last long under her gaze. As John Conner of Terminator fame, it was rather disappointing he folded like a deck of cards when Kate just gave a glare and said, "I'm not kidding around." She didn't even rough him up, point a gun at his head or really cross any boundaries besides not taking him in for legal questioning. That was a lame interrogation scene.
Even the judge's husband just letting out all the information because she pretty much just asked him to? I can only imagine what secrets might come out if she starts walking down staircases to a Sixpence None the Richer song.
The case really lost my attention and after a strong beginning, just fell to the wayside before it revealed the true killer. I almost wish that Tucker's character had killed the judge. It would have really been a far more dramatic wake up call for Pierce.
But he did have the choice of not taking the red pill. Really, how can he chose to "get better" when where he's at works perfectly fine for him? He gets to see Natalie, even if he also gets to see a wide range of other imaginary people.
And why does the show continue to drop in new characters like Kate's boss, but then we never get to see them again? Sometimes I feel like characters come and go based on the situation of the episode rather than because they are integral to the story as a whole. Whatever happened to Kate's FBI partner?
All in all, I was wishing the episode would deliver on some great drama, but felt like it missed the mark. Even the quick and speedy wrap up through the potential suspects and easy confessions lacked the punch that normally shows dish out when revealing the killer. Sure, McCormack still brings to life Dr. Pierce in a fantastic way, but I'm hoping that everything around him finds a way to be just as entertaining and builds together towards an impactful conclusion.
Dr. Pierce might be able to sing, but let's hope that Perception finds a better way to harmonize character and story to its fullest extent next go around.
Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.