What I’m Watching

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“Perception”

Sorry for another TV post for the second day in a row, but I’ve started work on the 3rd book in my children’s book series “The Adventures of Baseball and Zooey“, which means a lot of sitting and drawing – and I like to catch up on shows at the same time.

It took me a while, as it does with the beginning of most shows, to really get into Perception.  But as you will see, I really got into it!  First of all, the cast is great.  I love Eric McCormack, and I’m not going to lie, the nerd in me really enjoys seeing LeVar Burton on tv again.  Secondly, it’s not just a crime drama, it’s about psychology as well – the main character Dr. Daniel Pierce, is schizophrenic and also a neuroscientist. This combo is interesting because it introduces you to a world that hasn’t really been addressed on television in this way before.  They really seem to take care to make sure that the mental illnesses addressed and those who suffer from them are treated with respect (that doesn’t mean they’re always innocent, however!).  Yeah, they throw out some pretty rare conditions, and I’m sure there are stereotypes and exaggerations thrown in there as well – but that’s part of television, right?

All in all, I really I love this show.  It makes me think and it gives me hope that there will be acceptance for those who have mental illness.  There is a moment in one episode, where Dr. Pierce is talking with a schizophrenic about life after deciding to manage his hallucinations with medication and he says, “The person I cared about most wasn’t even real.  But I still miss her.”

That moment, and the scenes that followed, really opened up that world to me.  I can’t imagine how scary it would be to live in a world that felt totally and completely real to you, only to be told later that it was all a dream.  That you had to start taking a pill every day, and the reality you knew would change, even some of the people you “knew” would disappear – that you were going to have to start all over, learning a brand new culture.  Now imagine that you have to make this transition with an extremely limited support system, little to no resources, and 90% of the world judging you, calling you crazy.

Now not everyone who suffers from a mental illness has such an “extreme” case, and anyone who’s taken a college psychology class knows that it’s a spectrum.  A pretty broad spectrum, in fact.  Chances are, someone you know is suffering from some form of mental illness, whether you’re aware of it or not.

This is why compassion is so important.  When you step out into the world, you have no idea what the lives of the people around you are like, what kind of realities they are experiencing. You might both be vying for the same parking spot in the grocery store parking lot, but where you’re coming from might be completely different.

Perception airs on TNT, Mondays at 10/9c, after Major Crimes.

Have you been watching Perception?  What do you think?

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12 thoughts on “What I’m Watching

    • It’s really amazing how much people can be going through without you having any idea. I’m really working on reminding myself of this whenever I have a rough moment. Definitely something I still need to be more mindful of.

  1. I haven’t seen it but I will watch out for it! That movie a beautiful mind with russel crowe had that affect on me as his best friend wasn’t real. There used to be another show on tv with a guy who was OCD and solved crimes (huge germaphobe) and there is another one on with a braniac russian who his afraid to leave his house but solves crimes in a genius fashion.

  2. Watching and enjoying very much! And McCormack’s character doesn’t at all remind me of his Will Truman from Will & Grace. That’s especially cool, as long-running characters often cement themselves in our minds!

    • I’m definitely guilty of having characters cement themselves in my mind! After 8 years of watching Gilmore Girls, I moved on to watch movies and shows starring several of the cast members, but I haven’t been able to call them by anything other than their GG character’s names…
      But you’re right, I don’t think of Will Truman at all while I’m watching Perception. Which is good, because the characters are quite different! Glad to know there are some other fans of the show out there :)

    • Yeah, you know, I don’t think I’ll ever get used to seeing him without his visor, no matter what else he’s in! Besides wanting his character to walk around in a pair of sunglasses all the time or something, I’m really enjoying the fact that he’s in it – although I’m hoping they develop his role a little more/make him less pushy…if that makes sense?

      • It will make sense when I catch an episode, and I shall have a watch when I get some free time. Which is a luxury at the mo, I like recommendations so this is something to look forward too.

  3. Dude. I love your TV posts and seeing how it’s TNT, c’mon now. How can you lose. I have been watching and the nerd in me loves this show too. McComack is really good in this role. And I agree with the dude above…nothing like Will and Grace, which I thought might be hard seeing how I loved that show. But he does a good job. Nice post.

    • :) Thank you, really, I’m so glad you enjoy them!!
      And I’m glad you’ve been liking the show. I’m interested to see how they’re going to wrap up this season.
      It’s true, sometimes it’s hard to see an actor who played a well-known role for many years move on to a different show, but he does it really well!

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