My Mother and I are really good and solving crime. We can arrive at a crime scene and know within the first few minutes of scanning the scene who our prime suspects are. We also know who to hone in on when we see mug shots. The secret to our crime fighting brilliance is our massive mental database of every character actor from TV shows from the 70’s to today.
The first time we see someone we recognize we should out, “he did it!”
Obviously I am talking about being armchair detectives as we watch crime shows, thrillers, and mysteries. Sometimes, if we recognize a D list actor we can even predict their demise. It is an uncanny and yet very much celebrated skill. We are both disappointed that we can not use it in talent portions of beauty contests.
Last year TNT debuted a new crime drama called Perception. It stars Eric McCormack (love him) and Rachael Leigh Cook (all grown up!). Erik is cast as an eccentric neuroscience professor with paranoid schizophrenia and Rachel plays a former student who is now an FBI agent working on complex cases. She reaches out to her old professor to consult on a case that is SUPER tricky.
The first episode Mom and I watched drove us nuts! We could not figure out whodunit before the first commercial break. It is very rare to stump us. So many nuances and back stories about mental illness were woven into the story. The name Perception is a big hint that what you see is not always what is really happening.
The entire first season of Perception can currently be watched on Amazon Instant. This is great as season two is about to start back up on June 25th at 10p/9c. If you were a fan of The Closer (another TNT whodunit) you will appreciate Perception as it is another intellegent character driven show with plots that not predictable. As much as it drives my Mom and I bonkers trying to figure out who committed the crime, with Perception there is a new layer of intrigue as we are allowed to wonder why the crime was committed. We get glimpses into the minds and weird rational of criminals.
Do you have someone who you watch crime dramas with? Do you have any rules for how you watch the show together? Talking? No talking? Guessing? No guessing?
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